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Marisa Paterson

Centre for Social Research and Methods, Australian National University

Dr Marisa Paterson is the Director, ANU Centre for Gambling Research at the Centre for Social Research and Methods. Marisa is the lead researcher on over $2m worth of gambling grants across Australia. She regularly provides advice to state and federal governments on gambling related policy and regulation. Marisa also works closely with the community sector, particularly around the development of models of social service delivery and gambling related issues.

Marisa holds a PhD in Anthropology, a Masters of Applied Anthropology and Participatory Development and Bachelor of Arts (Psychology and Anthropology). Marisa specialises in qualitative research methods, with a particular research focus on gambling policy and regulation, social and Indigenous issues, social service delivery and program development.


  • 2017–present
    Director, Centre for Gambling Research


  • 2014 
    Charles Darwin University, Doctor of Philosophy