Find a supervisor

Find a supervisor

Choosing the right supervisor and project for your research is key to your success and will empower you to make new and innovative discoveries that can make a change.

Browse through our list of MSDI supervisors and their research interests below and click on their profiles to get in touch.

Dr Becky Batagol
Associate Professor, MSDI 
Research interests
: Gender equality, women’s rights, SDGs, family violence.

Dr Mitzi Bolton
Research Fellow, MSDI
Research interests:
sustainable development, SDGs, public policy, governance, integrated decision making and contaminated environments.

Associate Professor Annette Bos
Deputy Director, Education, MSDI
Research interests:
urban water, governance, social learning, sustainable transitions/education, transformative learning, SDG and interdisciplinary.

Associate Professor Peter Bragge
Director of Health Programs, BehaviourWorks Australia
Research interests:
methods of getting research evidence into policy and practice. Health quality improvement through behaviour change (of practitioners as well as larger scale public health challenges).

Professor Tony Capon
Director, MSDI
Research interests:
planetary health, environmental health, health promotion, human health, sustainable development and urbanisation.

Dr James Curtis
Senior Research Fellow, BehaviourWorks Australia
Research interests:
waste, behaviour Change and environmental compliance.

Dr Nicholas Faulkner
Research Fellow, BehaviourWorks Australia
Research interests:
social inclusion/prejudice reduction/racism, nudge/behavioural insights, randomised controlled trials/trial design.

Dr Naomi Francis
Research Fellow, MSDI
Research interests:
community development, water, sanitation and hygiene, social policy, planetary health, gender equality, international development.

Dr Filia Garivaldis
Lead of Faculty, MSDI & BehaviourWorks Australia
Research interests
: psychology and behaviour change, education systems, online teaching and learning.

Dr Denise Goodwin
Research Fellow, MSDI & BehaviourWorks Australia
Research interests:
system thinking, qualitative methods, physical activity and health, health systems and behaviour change.

Dr Jane Holden
Water Cluster Manager, MSDI
Research interests:
transdisciplinary research, water sensitive cities, waste management, research capacity building and research management.

Dr Stefan Kaufman
Senior Research Fellow, MSDI
Research interests:
policy and practice translation. public value measurement, behaviour change, climate change, risk communication, social learning.

Dr Celine Klemm
Assistant Lecturer, Sustainable Development Education Program, MSDI
Research interests:
mass media and environment, environmental health promotion (intersection of health promotion and environment), communication for development.

Dr Sarah Kneebone
Research Fellow, BehaviourWorks Australia

Research interests: behaviour change, environmental education, social inclusion.

Dr Breanne Kunstler
Research Officer, BehaviourWorks Australia
Research interests:
physical activity, exercise, physiotherapy, behaviour change.

Dr Shiin Malekpour
Senior Lecturer, MSDI
Research interests:
SDG, sustainability transitions, infrastructure planning, urban transformations.

Dr Fernanda Mata
Research Fellow, BehaviourWorks Australia
Research interests
: retirement, finances and behaviour change, advance understanding of human decision-making and behaviour change, cognitive assessment and policy studies in education/training and work.

Dr Julia Meis-Harris
Research Fellow, BehaviourWorks Australia
Research interests:
environmental psychology, environmental identity and attitudes, pro-environmental behaviour, behavioural psychology, social psychology.

Dr Bernice Plant
Research Fellow, BehaviourWorks Australia
Research interests:
behaviour Change in social influence and persuasion, social psychology and randomised controlled trials and systematic reviews.

Professor Rob Raven
Deputy Director of Research, MSDI
Research interests:
systems innovation, sustainability transitions, energy, cities, mobility, spatial and institutional or governance perspective around the notion of experimentation.

Dr Briony Rogers
Director, MSDI Water
Research interests:
urban water, water sensitive cities, SDGs, strategic planning and governance.

Dr Alexander (Zan) Saeri
Research Fellow, BehaviourWorks Australia
Research interests:
social psychological theories of behaviour change, social psychology, applied psychology, social identity, collective behaviour and collective decision making and behaviour change.

Dr Paul Satur
Lecturer, MSDI Water
Research interests:
water and environmental management, social inclusion, social inequalities and cities.

Dr Darren Sharp
Research Fellow, MSDI
Research interests:
social learning, institutional arrangements and new urban imaginaries to drive the transformation of cities towards sustainability.

Dr Peter Slattery
Research Fellow, BehaviourWorks Australia
Research interests:
persuasion for behaviour change, behavioural sciences and online interventions.

Professor Liam Smith
Director BehaviourWorks Australia

Research interests: behavioural spill over, habit formation, organisational change, pro-environmental behaviour, behavioural economics, social inclusion and public policy.

Dr Morgan Tear
Research Fellow, BehaviourWorks Australia
Research interests:
behavioural psychology, social psychology, workplace health and safety.

Mr Fraser Tull
Research Fellow, BehaviourWorks Australia
Research interests:
behaviour change, behavioural science and behavioural intervention.

Dr Susan Van de Meene
Lecturer, Sustainable Development Education, MSDI
Research interests:
urban water management, urban water governance, urban sustainability and socio-intuitional change.

Dr Lara Werbeloff
Manager, Strategic Initiatives, MSDI
Research interests:
governance and institutional change, system change and innovation, urban water management.

Ms Abby Wild
Research Fellow, BehaviourWorks Australia
Research interests:
social inclusion, social disadvantages, prison sociology and behaviour change to promote social connection.

Dr Breanna Wright
Research Fellow, BehaviourWorks Australia
Research interests:
mental health and well-being, family violence, gender equality, patient engagement in healthcare.

Dr Kun Zhao
Research Fellow, BehaviourWorks Australia
Research interests:
behavioural economics, social decision making, behaviour change and personality psychology.