Senior Research Fellow, Australian National University

I am a Senior Research Fellow working at the nexus of global environmental change, global health and governance issues. I hold a PhD (ANU), MSc (International Health) (Humboldt & Frei Universities, Berlin) and BA/Psyc (Hons) (Newcastle).

I have worked in global health research and policy since 1999, across public, private and university sectors. I am a Research Fellow within the Earth System Governance project, and a Fellow of the Centre for Sustainability Leadership.

I currently hold an NHMRC TRIP (Translating Research into Practice) Fellowship (2016-2018), where I am investigating ways to strengthen the implementation of public health and climate change policies and measures in Australia. I am particularly interested in the public health benefits of green infrastructure.

I regularly consult to the WHO on climate change and health, as well as other national and international organisations. I recently completed a review of the member countries within the South East Asian Region of the WHO - focusing on climate change activities and preparations for future programs and policies. I am an international technical advisor on a Asian Development Bank project to strengthen resilience to the health impacts of climate change in Cambodia, Viet Nam and Lao PDR (2016-2018).

Along with five friends, I was a founding board member of Just Change, a climate change and equity organisation and I sit on a parks and gardens advisory committee for the City of Melbourne. I am an editor of the journal Globalization and Health, and a reviewer for many journals, including Social Science and Medicine, Global Health Action, Environmental Research Letters, Global Environmental Change among others.

I am committed to being part of a solutions-focused sustainability community working to harness skills and passion to support global development that is truly sustainable, healthy and equitable.

Specialties: Public health, sustainability, climate change, participatory research methods, qualitative research methods, policy analysis, systems-thinking, stakeholder engagement.

Experience

  • –present
    Senior Research Fellow, Research School of Population Health, Australian National University