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MSDI welcomes 18 PhD candidates to Monash University

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MSDI has welcomed 18 new PhD candidates to Monash University as part of the Behaviour Change Graduate Industry Research Partnership (GRIP). 

In an Australian first, the Behaviour Change GRIP seeks to fill a gap in the market for graduates who are able to straddle the worlds of government and academia and fulfil a strong demand for behavioural experts to work on public policy issues.

Led by BehaviourWorks Australia, the GRIP is supported by leading government agencies such as WorkSafe Victoria, VicRoads, VicHealth, the Victorian Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning and the Environment Protection Authority (VIC), with candidates working together with industry partners on a range of real-world projects that impact policy and practice.

The 18 students commenced their candidature in March 2018 and will be supported through their three-year GRIP journey by leading academics from BehaviourWorks Australia, the Faculties of Arts, Law, Business and Economics, the Monash University Accident Research Centre and Monash Sustainable Development Institute.

Candidates will gain a better understanding of how big picture problems can be addressed through behaviour change, and will experience working with some of Australia’s leading behaviour change practitioners.

They will have the opportunity to learn from each other as a new cohort and gain practical skills and experience that will set them up for a successful career in this fascinating field.

Some of the project themes being explored include:

  • Encouraging drivers to stay focussed on the road (VicRoads)
  • Encouraging digital participation by disadvantaged groups (Australia Post)
  • Behaviour change programs to reduce single use plastics (Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning)
  • Sharing experience of violence as a prevention strategy (Australia and New Zealand School of Government)
  • Mental injury prevention (WorkSafe)
  • Exploring masculine identities as a means to prevent violence against women (VicHealth)
  • Empowering patients for better health care (Safer Care Victoria)

For a full list of projects and partners, visit the BehaviourWorks GRIP webpage.