The 17 successful candidates bring skills and experience working in a wide range of fields, including public health, journalism, law, medicine and urban planning. They’re working with seven industry partners to tackle social, environmental and organisational problems through behaviour change.
Many are already making a major contribution to this rapidly-evolving multidisciplinary field.
Rewriting the rules of what it means to be a man, Rebecca Stewart
Rebecca's PhD is exploring what it means to be a ‘real man’ and how ‘healthier masculinities’ can influence attitudes and behaviour to reduce violence against women.
Learn more about Rebecca’s research.
Fostering knowledge translation between VicHealth collaborators, Jennifer Dam
Jennifer’s PhD is looking at how to foster knowledge translation between VicHealth collaborators to improve social and structural inequalities associated with health outcomes.
Reducing prejudice against migrants, Wing Hsieh
Wing’s PhD is designing an intervention in collaboration with Australia Post to reduce prejudice against migrants. Wing is interested in how social inclusion and unconscious bias can be addressed to make Australia a more inclusive society.
Learn more about Wing’s research.
Environment, Land, Water and Planning
Encouraging landlords to take on energy efficiency for rental properties, Michaela Lang
Michaela’s is working with DEWLP to investigate how to encourage landlords to improve the energy performance of their rental properties, instead of leaving it to tenants.
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Empowerment to the people: communities and the energy transformation, Dominque McCollum Coy
Dominque’s PhD explores how to empower communities through renewable energy. Her research is seeking to understand the role of behaviour, and behaviour change, in energy transformation.
Encouraging Victorians to connect with and protect nature, Melissa Hatty
Melissa’s PhD has a health focus. She is working with DWELP to investigate how to protect and enhance Victoria's natural environment by getting people out in it and loving it.
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Media & turning the social tide on plastic pollution, Kim Borg
With an interest in human behaviour and its impact on the natural environment, Kim is undertaking a PhD to understand how media can change social norms to encourage single-use plastic avoidance.
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Department of Transport
Smart phones are making us dangerous drivers, Fareed Kaviani
Fareed’s PhD, with VicRoads, seeks to explore new techniques for stopping illegal phone use while driving and how distractions from devices are being exacerbated by longer journey times.
Learn more about Fareed’s research.
Tackling congestion on our roads - correlation between the level of information and influence on travel behaviour, Kathie Pawluk De-Toledo
Kathie is interested in how new technologies are impacting travel behaviour and transforming road congestion. Her PhD, in partnership with VicRoads, aims to tackle road congestion and influence travel behaviour.
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Work Safe Victoria
Community organisations can help prevent mental injuries, Corina Crisan
Corina’s PhD, with WorkSafe, aims to determine the structures for promoting community programs that can help improve workers’ mental wellbeing and safety in the workplace.
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Exploring preventative approaches to promote the mental health of emergency services personnel, Priscilla Weaver
Priscilla’s PhD, with WorkSafe, explores how to cultivate preventative approaches to help to decrease psychological injury in emergency services personnel.
Driving policy change on gender-based violence, Lisa Wheildon
Lisa is committed to initiating behaviour change in relation to the issues of violence against women and gender equality. Her PhD, with ANZOG, aims to explore how victim-survivors can most effectively (and safely) inform public policy to prevent gender-based violence.
Learn more about Lisa’s research.
Environmental Protection Authority Victoria
How to maximise the compliance of small and medium businesses with a duty of care for the environment, Joel Edwards
Joel’s PhD, with the EPA, aims to understand what motivates businesses to do the right thing, and adjust the design and application of regulatory tools to leverage those motivations.
Learn more about Joel’s research.
Behind the scenes - Government risk communication for chemical pollution, Madeleine Thomas
Madeleine’s PhD, with the EPA, is looking at how communication can be used to encourage behaviour change associated with reducing people’s environmental exposure to pollutants.
Learn more about Madeleine’s research.
Safer Care Victoria
Improving patient-centred care in public health settings, Eunice Wong
Eunice’s is working with Safer Care to identify behavioural change approaches that can improve medical interactions and processes with consumers to achieve better health outcomes.
Learn more about Eunice’s research.
Doctors can share decision-making when dealing with patients, Alexandra Waddell
Alex has a passion for the intersection of health, behavioural economics, and evaluation. Her PhD, with Safer Care, is training clinicians to share medicine with patients, putting patients at the centre of their health care.
Learn more about Alex’s research.
The impact of public sector training on behaviour back in the workplace, Lisa Broker
Lisa brings 15 years of experience in the public sector, including policy development, strategic investment, project management and governance. Lisa’s PhD explores how public sector training influences behaviour in the workplace.
Lisa's industry partner is being re-negotiated.