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Dr Goodwin is the Co-Director of Health Programs at BehaviourWorks Australia (BWA), which is situated in the Monash Sustainable Development Institute (MSDI). Dr Goodwin’s role is essentially a hybrid between an academic and professional. Her work is primarily industry facing - an enabler for translating research into practice. Dr Goodwin’s projects have all been funded by industry and public sector research income, made possible as a result of BWAs strong track record of delivering primary research and knowledge translation activities that understand client needs and are evidence based. 

As BWA’s resident ‘systems thinker’, Dr Goodwin's current research spans a wide range of policy areas, including clinical and preventative health, education, sustainability, and social inclusion.Denise’s knowledge and understanding of how complex systems operate is critical to contextualising behavioural issues. Dr Goodwin has expertise in qualitative research, in particular investigating drivers of behaviour and beliefs elicitation to develop targeted behaviour change interventions. Her skills include data collection (individual interviews, focus groups, citizen panels and stakeholder dialogues), data management, analysis and reporting. She is experienced in knowledge translation of evidence-based interventions and change practice in a range of settings. 

Dr Goodwin has an interest in in health interventions, social research, environmental determinants of bio-psychosocial health, social marketing, the evaluation of complex adaptive systems and public policy. A team player and leader with the drive, ambition and self-motivation to achieve specific objectives and a strong background in creating and maintaining relationships to ensure high quality work and effective outcomes. 







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Research interests

I am interested in the evaluation of complex problems and the nexus between systems thinking and behaviour change.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Research area keywords

  • Systems Thinking
  • Complex Systems
  • Public Health
  • Physical activity
  • Community Well-Being
  • Workplace health and safety
  • Behaviour Change
  • Education
  • Health

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