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Stefan Kaufman is on secondment as a Senior Research Fellow at BehaviourWorks Australia (BWA). He completed his PhD and B. Arts / B. Science (Hons 1) in Human Ecology at the Australian National University. Before joining BWA on secondment this year, he led the social science function at EPA Victoria from 2007, delivering regulatory performance measurement, environmental and public health risk communication, monitoring and evaluation and voluntary behaviour change programs. He was a founding member of the BWA working group of partner organisations from 2010. He is a ‘pracademic’ with a focus on helping people and organisations working towards complex socio-environmental change to be more reflective and effective.

His secondment with BWA involves developing multi-agency behaviour change interventions within collective impact frameworks, and enhancing knowledge transfer within BWA’s partner organisations. Research and publications include research, policy and practice translation, public value measurement, adaptive management in environmental behaviour change programs, integrating voluntary and compliance drivers for behaviour change, climate change risk communication, and social learning in complex socio-environmental systems. He has been invited to present at international forums including the University of Surrey’s Centre for Evaluation Across the Nexus, Lund University Planet in 2050 Symposium, and the Regulatory Institutions Network (ANU) symposium on experimentalist governance.

He has taught and provided guest lectures at Monash University, RMIT and the University of Melbourne, and designed and delivered training for ANZOG, the Australasian Evaluation Society, Australian Non-Profit and Social Marketing Association, and Monash’s groundbreaking GreenSteps program. He delivered workshops and guest presentations for EPA Victoria and other BWA organisations and affiliates on topics including research utilisation, environmental behaviour change, public value research, and regulatory compliance and strategy. His work at EPA Victoria has been recognised in staff reward and recognition awards four years in a row 2013-2017, and in 2014-15 he was awarded the Mark Payton leadership development scholarship, exploring how to identify, and foster, science thought leadership in environmental regulation.

Stefan is a member of the Australian Environmental Law Enforcement and Regulators NeTwork (AELERT), Institute of Public Administration Australia, Society for Human Ecology and the Australasian Evaluation Society.


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Research Output 2005 2018

Avoiding theoretical stagnation: a systematic review and framework for measuring public value

Faulkner, N. & Kaufman, S., 2018, In : Australian Journal of Public Administration. 77, 1, p. 69-86 18 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Facilitating adaptive management in a government program: A household energy efficiency case study

Curtis, J., Graham, A., Ghafoori, E., Pyke, S., Kaufman, S. & Boulet, M., 1 Feb 2017, In : Journal of Environmental Management. 187, p. 89-95 7 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Surprise hit or the blind date from Hell? Complementarities and conflicts in strategies for achieving outcomes from social marketing and modern regulation

Kaufman, S. & Curtis, J. M., 2012, 2012 International Social Marketing Conference Proceedings: Delve Deeper. Kubacki, K. & Rundle-Thiele, S. (eds.). Nathan Qld Australia: Griffith University, p. 126 - 131 6 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference PaperResearchpeer-review

Rising above hot air: a method for exploring attitudes towards zero-carbon lifestyles

Kaufman, S., 2010, Managing climate change: : papers from the Greenhouse 2009 conference. Jubb, I., Holper, P. & Cai, W. (eds.). CSIRO Publishing, p. 223-236 13 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter (Book)Researchpeer-review