BehaviourWorks Australia

In April 2020 we focused on MARC members from BehaviourWorks Australia (BWA) in the Monash Sustainable Development Institute at Monash University.

BWA is one of Australia's leading authorities on behaviour change and has conducted more than 400 applied behaviour change research projects in partnership with government, NGOs and the private sector. BWA specialises in the kinds of complex behaviour change interventions that are needed to address addiction in communities and broader populations. Prof Smith and A/Prof Bragge of BWA are currently collaborating with MARC members Prof Dan Lubman, A/Prof Victoria Manning and Dr Jasmin Grigg on the 'Preventing Harm from Alcohol in Women attending Breast Screening Services' project funded by the Victoria Health Promotion Foundation.

Professor Liam Smith is the Director and co-founder of BehaviourWorks Australia (BWA). Prof Smith has also led the development of a unique research methodology (The Method), which is used to inform, develop and design behaviour change interventions and improve their efficacy. He is on the executive of the Monash Sustainable Development Institute and in this role he is involved in developing a 2025 strategy, which uses the SDGs as a framework for tackling common and complex sustainability challenges.

Prof Smith's research interests include breaking and forming habits, spillover (how engaging in one positive behaviour affects the probability of engagement or disengagement in a second behaviour), influencing strong attitudes and the synthesis of research evidence. These research interests have been pursued in many applied areas, including waste resource management, biodiversity, energy, water, health and social inclusion.

Read his article "More Australians are worried about a recession and an increasingly selfish society than about coronavirus itself"

A/Professor PeterBragge is a Senior Research Fellow and the Director of Health Programs for BehaviourWorks Australias (BWA). He manages BWA's partnerships with numerous Government and other agencies, including the Department of Health and Human Services, Department of Premier and Cabinet, Victorian Managed Insurance Authority and the Victorian Transport Accident Commission. A/Prof Bragge specialises in knowledge translation (KT) and behaviour change - the science of developing interventions to promote and integrate evidence into practices, systems, and policies. Dr Bragge's core research activities are complex evidence reviews and stakeholder consultation to define, understand and change healthcare practice, research and policy. His research collaborations span local and international settings as well as consultations and reports for Government.

Dr Fernanda Mata is a Research Fellow at BehaviourWorks Australia (BWA). Fernanda is the Researcher-in-Residence at AustralianSuper, where she is conducting the fourth wave of a longitudinal study to better understand the factors that create and sustain retirement confidence among Australians. Fernanda is also leading the development of an interactive online tool to showcase some of the findings of the retirement confidence study. Fernanda has experience in developing evidence-based behaviour change interventions and designing large randomised controlled trials to evaluate the effectiveness of these interventions. Fernanda’s primary research interests include human decision-making and behaviour change, evaluation of behaviour change interventions and strategies for scaling up effective interventions. Fernanda is the representative of Early Career Researchers (ECR’s) from the Monash Sustainable Development Institute (MSDI).

Dr Fraser Tull is a Research Fellow at BehaviourWorks Australia (BWA). He is the current researcher-in-residence at VicRoads and was previously with WorkSafe Victoria and the Environment Protection Authority, Victoria. He has extensive experience in developing and evaluating behaviour change interventions across a variety of domains such as; reducing occupational violence against healthcare workers, encouraging injured workers to attend medical examinations, and boosting vaccination rates in the Secondary school vaccine program. Fraser is also a lead trainer within the education team, running behaviour change workshops with government and industry partners and teaching into the “Understanding human behaviour to influence change” unit within Monash’s Master of Environment and Sustainability. This has twice been recognised as being amongst the top 7% of all Monash subjects based on outstanding student feedback.