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Filia Garivaldis is a Senior Lecturer at the Monash Sustainable Development Institute (MSDI). She is the Course Director and Convenor of the Master of Behaviour and Systemic Change, and the co-founder of the C21 Educational Research Lab. Through both of these roles, Filia works collaboratively with others within the Institute to prepare future graduates for 21st century challenges, such that they can make significant contributions, individually and collectively, to meaningful societal change.

She is also an active member of various research groups at Monash University, contributing her expertise in behavioural science and psychology. Her research focuses on investigating and applying behavioural insights into education programs, to improve a range of teaching and learning challenges, in online as well as face to face modalities.

Since joining MSDI in 2019, Filia has been leading the development of new behaviour change education programs with BehaviourWorks Australia, applying her online education expertise to create impactful and engaging opportunities for teaching and learning. Programs include one of the University’s first micro-credential programs, “Applying Behavioural Science to Create Change”, awarded the Vice-Chancellor’s Award for Industry and Community Education Programs in 2023, a series of behaviour change skills courses, and a MOOC in collaboration with the United Nation’s SDG Academy.

Filia has been involved in funded projects over the years, dedicated to advancing education in the online mode. Specifically, she lead an Inter-Faculty Transformation Project funded by the Monash Education Academy, to create Monash’s first university-wide orientation resource for all online students of the university (2019), has received a Dean’s Award for Technological Innovation in Learning and Teaching for the development of the Psychology Research Portal (2019), and shortlisted twice for a Business in Higher Education Round Table (BHERT) award for Outstanding Collaboration in Higher Education and Training, and specifically for Expanding and Improving 4th Year Psychology Education in Australia (2018 & 2019).

She has published widely in this area in leading peer-review journals and books. In 2022 she led the publication of a Special Issue on online education for the Australasian Journal of Educational Technology, with an international team of experts from the United States and the United Kingdom. Filia is also a co-editor on a joint Monash University-King’s College London textbook, titled “Tertiary Online Teaching and Learning: TOTAL Digital Education Perspectives and Resources”, published internationally by Springer–Verlag in 2020.

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 4 - Quality Education

External positions

Senior Lecturer and Pathway Leader, Regent's University London

Aug 2011Nov 2015

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