Monash Arts Research Knowledge Translation (MARKT) series

MARK series image - hands holding lightsGlobalisation. Rapid urbanisation. Economic instability. Climate change. Unchecked technological development.

Our local and global communities are beset by increasingly ‘wicked problems’. To solve the pressing social, cultural, political and economic issues of our time, we need to think creatively across sectors and bring together many different areas of expertise.

  • Are you curious to learn more about innovative approaches to national and international challenges?
  • Are you interested in cross-sector knowledge exchange?
  • Do you want to hear from leading industry experts?
  • Do you find intercultural interactions enriching and stimulating?

Join the Monash Arts Research Knowledge Translation (MARKT) Series and become part of a fresh wave of thought leaders as you get ready to influence a wide variety of professional and research fields.

MARKT is open to graduate researchers from all faculties and offers a unique opportunity to encounter a wide range of expert industry speakers who will explore ground-breaking approaches and multi-disciplinary perspectives to tackling complex societal, environmental and economic issues.

The MARKT seminar series is accredited towards the Monash Doctoral Program professional development training requirements.

The MARKT series will include 3-5 industry insights workshops per calendar year, which will be offered face-to-face or virtually. They will include a presentation by an industry expert and a Q&A session, followed by one-on-one engagement between the industry expert and graduate research students which includes interactive discussion of selected reading materials.

2021 Series

Wednesday, 17 March 2021, 2.30-3.30pm

Join Dr Bridie O'Donnell, Executive Director of the Public Events Team in the Department of Jobs, Precincts and Regions as she unpacks the challenges and opportunities for the Victorian sporting sector and visitor economy during the COVID-19 pandemic recovery period.

Followed by Q&A.

About the Speaker:
Dr Bridie O'Donnell MBBS is the Executive Director of the Public Events Team, Tourism Events and Visitor Economy in the Department of Jobs, Precincts and Regions. She is also the Inaugural Head, Office for Women in Sport and Recreation, Victorian Government.


Thursday, 6 June 2021, 12-1pm

Join Dr Sandro Demaio, CEO, VicHealth in this MARKT seminar titled Own your voice: 5 lessons in changing the world .

Followed by Q&A.

About the Speaker:
Dr Sandro Demaio is a medical doctor and globally-renowned public health expert and advocate. Having held the role of Medical Officer for non-communicable conditions and nutrition with the Department of Nutrition for Health and Development at the World Health Organization, Dr Demaio was previously the CEO of the EAT Foundation, the science-based, global platform for food systems transformation. He has published 30 scientific papers and more than 90 articles and is the author of the Doctor’s Diet, a cookbook based on science and inspired by a love of good food. Dr. Demaio also co-hosts the ABC television show Ask the Doctor – an innovative and exploratory factual medical series broadcasting across Australia and around the world. Dr Demaio originally trained and worked as a medical doctor at The Alfred Hospital in Melbourne. He holds a Masters degree in public health, a PhD in non-communicable diseases and has held fellowships at both Harvard Medical School and Johns Hopkins School of Public Health.


Thursday, 22 July 2021, 12-1pm

Join Soo-Lin Quek from the Centre for Multicultural Youth (CMY) as she explores how to create purpose and change.

Followed by Q&A.

About the Speaker:
Soo-Lin has over 30 years experience in both government and non-government organisations. She has managed significant policy and program areas in state government and her previous experience in the non-government sector range from managing community based organisations to policy advocacy and community development in a range of sectors. She is currently the Executive Manager, Knowledge, Advocacy & Service Innovation for the Centre for Multicultural Youth (CMY), Victoria.


Thursday, 5 August 2021, 12-1pm

Join Emma Staples, Head of Head of Diversity, Community, Government & Infrastructure at Cricket Victoria in this MARKT seminar.

Followed by Q&A.

About the Speaker:
Emma Staples is the Head of Community, Government and Infrastructure at Cricket Victoria and is an accomplished senior leader with extensive experience in sport, policy and health promotion spanning 20 years in Government and Non-Profit sectors. A gender equality advocate, Emma’s work involves driving cultural change across business and the broader cricket community to embrace diversity. Previously she has worked as a Senior Advisor in community sport and recreation for the Victorian Minister for Sport and Recreation and as a Health Promotion Project Manager using sport for social change in India, Fiji and remote Australian Indigenous communities. In 2018 Emma was awarded with the Pride in Sport Ally of the Year and led Cricket Victoria to become the leading sport for disability participation and LGBTI inclusion, including four published research papers.


Thursday, 23 September 2021, 1-2pm

Join Dr Lachlan Strahan, High Commissioner to the Solomon Islands as he unpacks the challenges and opportunities for the work of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

Followed by Q&A.

About the Speaker: Dr Strahan is a senior career officer with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) and is currently First Assistant Secretary, South and West Asia Division. He has previously served overseas as Deputy Head of Mission, Australian High Commission, New Delhi. Dr Strahan holds a Doctor of Philosophy in History from Monash University and a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) from the University of Melbourne. His second book, Day of Reckoning, which traces Australia’s efforts to restore law and order in Papua New Guinea after WWII, was shortlisted for the NSW Premier’s Australian history prize in 2006.


Thursday, 28 October 2021, 1-2pm

Join Emma Dawson from Per Capita as she discusses her journey from academia to public policy think tank and unpacks the challenges and opportunities of engaging with the media on issues of inequality in Australia.

Followed by Q&A.

About the Speaker:
Emma Dawson is Executive Director of public policy think tank Per Capita. She has worked as a researcher at Monash University and the University of Melbourne; in policy and public affairs for SBS and Telstra; and as a senior policy adviser in the Rudd and Gillard Governments. Emma has published reports, articles and opinion pieces on a wide range of public policy issues. She is a regular contributor to Guardian Australia, The Age, Independent Australia and The Australian Financial Review, and a frequent guest on various ABC and commercial radio programs nationally. She appears regularly as an expert witness before parliamentary inquiries and often speaks at public events and conferences in Australia and internationally. Emma is the co-editor, with Professor Janet McCalman, of the collection of essays What happens next? Reconstructing Australia after COVID-19, published by Melbourne University Press in September 2020. She joined the Board of Australia21 in June 2021.