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Biography

Lena holds a Master’s degree in Global Change Management from Eberswalde University for Sustainable Development, Germany and a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Humboldt University of Berlin, Germany.

Lena joined BehaviourWorks Australia at the Monash Sustainable Development Institute in 2014 and is interested in applied behaviour change research projects with an environmental focus. Examples of her work include projects to reduce hospital waste, increase household energy efficiency, research environmentally-friendly travel behaviour, single-use plastics and responsible disposal of household chemicals and e-waste.

During her time at BehaviourWorks Lena has worked with many industry and government organisations, including Zoos Victoria, Sustainability Victoria, EPA Victoria, the Department of Land, Water and Planning and the Department of Health and Human Services.

Besides research, Lena has broad experience in the design and delivery of face-to-face and online behaviour change training and workshops. She has run one-on-one training sessions with individual project teams and has delivered workshops on behavioural science, behaviour prioritisation, intervention design and project evaluation to BehaviourWorks partner organisations and staff from Australia's public and private sector.

In 2021, Lena obtained an Australian Government Research Training Program (RTP) Scholarship and is currently undertaking a PhD at the Monash Sustainable Development Institute. Her research is looking at the implementation of behaviour change interventions in complex settings based on the example of reducing hospital waste. Lena’s PhD project is drawing on insights from behaviour change research and implementation science.

Prior to joining BehaviourWorks, Lena worked in Germany on a project applying environmental psychology in the context of the German energy transition.

 

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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 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 15 - Life on Land

Research area keywords

  • Behaviour Change
  • Environmental Behaviour
  • Environment and Sustainability
  • Implementation Science
  • Applied research
  • Hospital waste

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