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Shona Bates

Research Project Manager
BSc Environmental Science and German (University of East London, 1995), MSc Environmental Legislation & Management (Brunel University, UK, 1999), post graduate studies in Development Management, Environmental Ethics, Environmental Valuation & Poli
Social Policy Research Centre


+61 2 9385 4058
+61 2 9385 7838
Room 237, Goodsell Building
Kensington Campus

Shona Bates has 25 years experience in policy analysis, project management, stakeholder management, quality assurance and risk management in both social and environmental policy.

Shona joined the SPRC in May 2012 and has worked as a researcher and research project manager on a number of projects relating to:

  • Aboriginal policy   (Evaluation of OCHRE, Aboriginal Affairs NSW; Evaluation of New Income Management in the Northern Territory, DSS; Evaluation of Voluntary Income Management in the APY Lands, DSS; Evaluation of Services Our Way Nowra, NSW FaCS)

  • Child protection   (Research on Cyberbullying, Dept of Communication; Research on Inter-juridictional sharing of child protection information, CAFS Working Group; Research on Information Sharing to improve government service delivery (child protection, housing, education), NSW DPC; Scoping study for research into the prevalence of child abuse in Australia; Royal Commission)

  • Disability   (Research on Special Disability Trusts; Research on quality of life after retirement from ADEs, DSS; Comparative study of three employment models for people with disability, DSS; Research on arthritis and disability, Arthritis Australia;  Evaluation of Services Our Way Nowra, NSW FaCS; Evaluation of My Choice Matters, NSW CID; Research on maximising life choices of people with a spinal cord injury, SCIA)

  • Mental Health   (Evaluation of IHBSS, SA Health; Evaluation of Crisis Respite Services, SA Health)
  • Other social services   (Evaluation of Throughcare, ACT Corrective Services; Two studies relating to support of personnel after they leave services; DVA)

Shona is combining her environmental and social policy experience by examining how to improve the resilience of communities most likely to be affected by natural disasters and a changing environment.