Experts available over the Festive season

Monash University has several experts available for comment on a range of topics relating to the festive season, politics and security; bushfires road safety, gambling and more.


Bushfires - post-fire assessment of damage

Dr Christopher Rudiger, Department of Civil Engineering
Contact details: +61 3 9905 4985 or

"It is going to be a bad bushfire season. We've had a temperate winter with significant rain creating a lot of biomass to burn once it gets dry and hot. This will happen quickly."

Chris and his PhD student assess vegetation images which are available every 3-4 days. This means assessments can be made almost immediately after a bushfire has occurred. He can assess how damaging a fire has been and how effectively it was fought off, and which areas are likely to burn in the near future.

Bushfire and disaster resilience
Dr Caroline Spencer, Monash University Accident Research Centre
Contact details: +61 407 216 825 or

How do we communicate the effects of climate change through politics and mainstream media?
Dr David Holmes, Director of the Monash Climate Change Communication Research Hub
Contact details: +61 408 550 529 or


How nostalgia and longing for social connectedness influences our food choices

Professor Hean Tat Keh, Monash Business School’s Department of Marketing
Contact details: +61 3 9903 4840 or

“All of us have a fundamental need to belong and food is one of the biggest social lubricants. These tend to be memories we want to relive time and time again. Nostalgia triggers our preference for indulgent foods that are embedded in our shared or personal social histories, and this effect is further strengthened when we are dining with friends and family. In essence, our findings explain why people tend to overindulge during the Festive Season.

Food waste and food charity responses

Liza Barbour, Lecturer in Nutrition and Dietetics
Contact details: +61 419 352 471 or


Weight management and nutrition over Christmas

Melissa Adamski, Lecturer in Nutrition and Dietetics
Contact details: +61 419 272 694 or
Simone Gibson, Lecturer in Nutrition and Dietetics
Contact details: +61 447 029 510 or

Breaking habits in the New Year
Associate Professor Peter Bragge, Monash Sustainable Development Institute
Contact details: +61 403 197 275 or

Hangover cures. There aren’t any!
Does alcohol have medicinal properties?

Professor Merlin Thomas, Department of Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine
Contact details: +61 408 413 508 or

Mental illness can worsen during the festive season
Professor Jayashri Kulkarni, Monash Alfred Psychiatry Research Centre (MAPrc)
Contact details: +61 3 9276 6924 or

Managing stress and conflict over the festive period
Dr Craig Hassed, Department of General Practice
Contact details: +61 3 9808 2262 or

Reasons why some isolate themselves during a typically social season
Dr Rosanne Freak-Poli, School of Public Health and Preventive Medicine
Contact details: +61 412 700 632 or

Are people addicted to being busy?
Professor Jane Fisher, The Jean Hailes Foundation
Contact details: +61 3 9594 7566 or

Problem gambling can intensify during the festive season
Dr Charles Livingstone, Gambling Expert
Contact details: +61 407 322 949 or


Consumer law, consumer protection
Professor Mark Davison, Faculty of Law
Contact details: +61 404 022 006 or

Consumer decision-making behaviour in retail, recreation and tourism during holiday periods
Professor Harmen Oppewal, Department of Marketing
Contact details: +61 3 9903 4840 or


Religion and the tradition of Christmas 
Professor Gary Bouma, School of Political and Social Inquiry
Contact details: +61 409 234 960 or


Family violence, intimate partner violence, adolescent family violence, violence against women, domestic homicides, homicide law, sentencing, criminal law reform, children and the law
Dr Kate Fitz-Gibbon, Criminology, Faculty of Arts
Contact details: (+61) 412 339 243 or

Constitutional law, religious freedom
Associate Professor Luke Beck, Faculty of Law
Contact details: +61 403 580 311 or


General political commentary

Dr Zareh Ghazarian, School of Social Sciences
Contact details: +61 402 851 224 or
Dr Nick Economou, School of Social Sciences
Contact details: +61 425 748 166 or

Interest rates, global economy
Professor Mark Crosby, Faculty of Business and Economics
Contact details: +61 437 988 120 or


Sustainable intelligent transportation ecosystem

Associate Professor Tan Chee Pin, School of Engineering
Contact details: (+603)  5514 6205 or

Petrol prices have soared to record highs across Australia. What are some of the reasons behind the sudden hike? Is worse yet to come?
Dr George Rivers, Associate Dean in the Faculty of Business & Economics
Contact details: +61 430 361 277 or

Road safety, injury and trauma, cycling, cardiac arrest
Dr Ben Beck, Deputy Head of Prehospital, Emergency and Trauma Research
Contact details: +61 423 933 755 or


How will our public transport cope with the demand over the festive season?

Professor Graham Currie, Institute of Transport Studies
Contact details: +61 414 852 699 or

All aspects of traffic law enforcement (including alcohol/drug related accidents)
Professor Max Cameron, Monash University Accident Research Centre
Contact details: +61 417 331 762 or

Construction safety, prefabrication and robotics in construction
Dr Mehrdad Arashpour, Department of Civil Engineering
Contact details: +61 423 597 027 or


The Monash University closedown period runs from Friday 21 December through to Wednesday 2 January 2019.

During this time the Media and Communications Office will be closed.

The online Expertline service to assist in the search for academic commentary and expertise will remain accessible over the closedown period however, the Media and Communications Office cannot guarantee availability of academic staff during this time.

If your enquiry is of an urgent Monash management nature please call +61 448 816 046 and leave a message.

We wish you a happy and safe festive season.