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Services for Vulnerable People

I presented on our project seeking to improve services for vulnerable people who are at risk of recidivism. The questions from the audience were interesting, from specifics about our methods, to how we can encourage conservative organisations to go through the cultural change required to adopt our recommendations.⠀

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People walking in Martin Place station underground. A large monitor shows an ad with stick figure people: one is green, seated, and listening and singing to their music; the other figures are black - one is pregnant, the other uses a walking stick, and the other stands

Using social norms on public transport

Below is an example of how social norms can encourage a change toward a desired behaviour. A sign at Martin Place station, in Sydney, reminds people: ‘Some reasons for needing a seat are harder to spot than others.’ This is known as behavioural insights – the use of behavioural and social sciences like psychology, economics, anthropology and sociology for social policy and services.

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NAIDOC Week 2018

This past week Australia celebrated NAIDOC Week, a time to reflect on the culture, history and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. This year’s theme was Because of Her We Can, putting the spotlight on Indigenous women’s central role in overlapping areas, from family, to community organisations, to social justice.

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Women in technology

Tech is the single biggest industry employer of men in Australia, but women only make up a quarter of this workforce. Companies invest big in the latest technologies to stay ahead of the game. Why don’t they invest in minorities and White women in the same way?

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Spillover Effect in the Real World

On this beautiful morning a few weeks back, I presented our team’s study on vocational training to the public sector. I used a fun example of Star Wars characters to illustrate our data on the importance of communicating learning objectives between teachers, employers and students.

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