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Sarah Kneebone is a Research Fellow at BehaviourWorks Australia, part of Monash Sustainable Development Institute. She is currently working on a large partnership project on social inclusion and developing a monitoring program to assess BWA’s impact on consortium members, while finalising her PhD thesis ‘Catalysing water saving behaviours in Australian urban households’. She is particularly interested in catalytic or ‘spillover’ behaviour adoption pathways, perceptions of behaviour and the translation of research evidence into practical application.

Sarah is a member of the teaching team for Monash University Master’s degree ‘Environment and Sustainability’, within the unit ‘Understanding human behaviour to influence change’. She is a qualified science teacher (Cambridge University), and holds a Postgraduate Diploma in Sustainable Development (Imperial College & School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London), and Master’s degree in Environmental Conservation (University College London).

Sarah has worked as a formal and informal educator in Honduras, the Philippines, Oman, Argentina, Chile, Mexico, Canada, Russia, Thailand, the USA, the UK, South Africa, China, Spain and Germany.  Prior to arriving in Australia, she was Director of Education and Public Engagement in the Oman Botanic Garden where she established strategic interpretation and marketing programs, and built a schools’ education centre focused on biodiversity conservation and sustainability.

Research area keywords

  • Behaviour Change
  • Sustainability
  • Education
  • social inclusion
  • Environment and Sustainability
  • Water

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Projects 2017 2018

Research Output 2013 2019

The INSPIRE Framework: how public administrators can increase compliance with written requests using behavioral techniques

Faulkner, N., Borg, K., Bragge, P., Curtis, J., Ghafoori, E., Goodwin, D., Jorgensen, B. S., Jungbluth, L., Kneebone, S., Smith, L., Wright, B. & Wright, P., 2019, In : Public Administration Review. 79, 1, p. 125-135 11 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

It's what you do and where you do it: Perceived similarity in household water saving behaviours

Kneebone, S., Fielding, K. & Smith, L., 1 Feb 2018, In : Journal of Environmental Psychology. 55, p. 1-10 10 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Open Access

The Impact-Likelihood Matrix: A policy tool for behaviour prioritisation

Kneebone, S., Smith, L. & Fielding, K., 2017, In : Environmental Science and Policy. 70, p. 9-20 12 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Visitor satisfaction and place attachment in national parks

Ramkissoon, H., Smith, L. D. G. & Kneebone, S. C., 2014, In : Tourism Analysis. 19, 3, p. 287 - 300 14 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review