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Experience & Education

Employment history

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Research Fellow  (2017 - current)

Responsibilities are similar to Research Officer with additional expectations around publishing academic papers and participating in media activities.

Research Officer (2016 - 2017)

Responsibilities include "unpacking the problem" (e.g. reviewing literature and practice), "deep diving" (e.g. data collection and analysis), and applying insights (e.g. intervention design, implementation, and evaluation).

Research Consultant / Associate (2014- 2016)

Responsibilities included all aspects of the research process on a variety of projects including client and supplier liaison, questionnaire design, overseeing data collection and data management, and report writing.

Analyst / Project Manager (2013 - 2014)

Responsibilities included cleaning and managing large survey datasets and project management of .small telephone-based survey research.


Research Consultant (2011 - 2012)

Primary responsibilities related to the Victorian Patient Satisfaction Monitor (VPSM), including overseeing data processing/analysis and 6-monthly reporting. Also, involved in project management of smaller survey projects, including member needs and community engagement surveys.

Research Analyst (2010 - 2011)

Primary responsibilities included: data checking and cleaning and overseeing data entry staff. Project management of smaller survey projects, such as conference evaluations.

Research Assistant / Sessional Tutor (2009 - 2010)
Responsibilities included: undertaking literature reviews and supporting the senior research team to redesign the 'Research Methods' unit. Tutoring responsibilities included planning and conducting tutorial classes, and grading essays & assignments.




Doctor of Philosophy, Behavioural Science - Environment

2018 - 2021

Thesis: Exploring the role of media in turning the social tide on plastic avoidance

Summary:  While concern about plastic pollution is high, behaviour change is still needed. However, mass media and social media can influence what we consider ‘normal’ concerning the avoidance of single-use plastics. My research explored the relationship between media, social norms, and single-use plastic avoidance. I found that perceptions about others’ behaviours (social norms) are a strong predictor of our own plastic avoidance behaviours, the relationship between media and our perceptions can be positive or negative, and mass media and social media can help support new plastic reduction policies and even encourage behaviour change.


Doctor of Philosophy, Behavioural Studies

2009 - Discontinued

Thesis: The influence of age, personality and gender on driving behaviour 

Honours (Behavioural Studies)


Thesis: Personality and Young Drivers: Is there a relationship between the Five Factor Model of personality and driving behaviour

Bachelor of Arts

2005 - 2007

Majors: Behavioural Studies, Anthropology

Minor: Australian Indigenous Archaeology

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