Lisa Wheildon

Lisa Wheildon

Lisa Wheildon


Lisa Wheildon is a Doctoral Researcher at BehaviourWorks Australia, Monash Sustainable Development Institute, Monash University. Her research focuses on the role of victim-survivor advocates with lived experience of gender-based violence as change agents for public policy reform.

Utilising a feminist research methodology, and integrating public policy and criminological theories, together with an understanding of social norms, Lisa’s research examines the interplay of personal, social, institutional and historical factors which underpin social change, and the recent rise of individual victim-survivors as policy change agents.

Lisa came to BehaviourWorks after having spent 10 years in senior communications and stakeholder engagement roles in the Victorian public service, and having played a key role in establishing Our Watch, the national not-for-profit foundation to prevent violence against women. Lisa also works as the Director of Marketing and Communications at the Australia and New Zealand School of Government (ANZSOG), and completed the Executive Master of Public Administration with ANZSOG in 2010.

Prior to joining the public sector, Lisa worked in consulting and was with ABC TV in public relations and marketing roles for over six years. Her early career was in radio journalism.

Lisa is committed to initiating behaviour change in relation to the issues of violence against women and gender equality, and oversaw several research projects in these areas for Our Watch.

You can follow Lisa on Twitter here: @wheeliebinit

My thesis Topic

Speaking truth to power: The role of victim-survivors in driving policy change on gender-based violence

About my research

Gender-based violence is a widespread problem worldwide. In Australia, it is the leading contributor to ill health and premature death in women aged 15–44 years. Despite the prevalence of the problem, until recently it was not widely discussed in Australia. However, recent shifts in social and political landscapes have seen gender-based violence projected into the public discourse, as well as onto government policy agendas. This shift has coincided with the rise of individual victim-survivor advocates, most notably Rosie Batty, speaking out about their lived experiences of violence and the failures of systems to prevent it. This research project explores the role of victim-survivor advocates in driving policy change, how marginalised victim-survivor voices might be heard and how victim-survivor programs can be most effectively managed.

My research interests

Gender-based violence, Victim-survivors,  Victim voice, Victim Policy, Public policy, Policy reform

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Industry Partner

Australia’s National Research Organisation for Women’s Safety (ANROWS)


Associate Professor Asher Flynn

Professor Jacqui True


June 2020 – early 2021. Expert Advisory Group Member, Technology Trials Program, Department of Social Services.

September – December 2019. Gender Advisor, Advertising (in) Equality Strategic Framework. Ellis Jones and Women’s Health Victoria.

Media & Press Activities

Awards and Prizes

  • Best Presentation Award, the Annual Monash Social and Political Sciences Symposium (October 2019)
  • Monash University Graduate Research Industry Partnership (GRIP), 2019 - 2021