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Senior Research Fellow, Yuwaya Ngarra-li, UNSW Sydney

Dr Rebecca Reeve is a part time Senior Research Fellow at UNSW, since 2015, and the Chief Impact Officer (CIO) at the Social Outcomes Lab (SOULAB). Rebecca’s research as an econometrician focuses on vulnerable Australian populations. At UNSW, Rebecca’s primary role is with Yuwaya Ngarra-li - a partnership between the Dharriwaa Elders Group and UNSW to improve the wellbeing, social, built and physical environment and life pathways of Aboriginal people in Walgett. She also works with the City Futures Research Centre at UNSW, using linked data to investigate the impact and cost effectiveness of housing assistance for ex-prisoners, and has recently completed an economic evaluation of Specialist Long-Term Community Based AOD Outreach Support for People Leaving Prison for the Community Restorative Centre. Rebecca joined SOULAB in 2018 to provide expert advice on the Review of Headline Indicators to monitor Mental Health Reform for the Mental Health Commission of NSW. She was recently appointed as SOULAB’s CIO and is currently working on evaluations of programs for young people with complex support needs.

Rebecca was previously a part time Senior Research Fellow for the Smith Family (2016 to 2020), contributing to the longitudinal data preparation and assessment of the outcomes of The Learning for Life scholarship program, which provides educational support for disadvantaged young people. From 2009 to 2015 Rebecca was a health economist at the Centre for Health Economics Research and Evaluation where she gained extensive experience working with large linked administrative datasets. In 2018 and 2019 Rebecca was a member of the Board of the Intellectual Disability Rights Service. In her spare time Rebecca is an advocate for refugees and people seeking asylum and is a founding member of the Finding a Home Coalition of advocates supporting people released from immigration detention.


  • 2015–present
    Senior Research Fellow, UNSW
  • 2018–present
    Expert Consultant / Chief Impact Officer, The Social Outcomes Lab
  • 2010–2015
    Senior Research Fellow/Research Fellow, Centre for Health Economics Research and Evaluation, UTS


  • 2010 
    Macquarie University, PhD