Gerhard is the course director of World101x. He is a Senior Lecturer in Anthropology in the School of Social Science at The University of Queensland. His main areas of research include religion, ethnicity and the state, international development and refugees in South-East Asia. He won an Australian Research Council Discovery Early Career Research Award to produce an in-depth ethnography of the refugee experience in Malaysia. He is also a former ordinary director of the Australian Anthropological Society and co-founder of the Melbourne Free University.