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Stefan Kaufman joined the Monash Sustainable Development Institute’s BehaviourWorks Australia (BWA) as a Senior Research Fellow in May 2019 after a secondment in 2018. He completed his PhD and B. Arts / B. Science (Hons 1) in Human Ecology at the Australian National University in 2009. Prior to BWA, he led the social science function at the Victorian Government’s Environment Protection Authority 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 aims to be a ‘pracademic’ with a focus on helping people and organisations working towards socio-environmental change to be more reflective and effective in complex situations.
His work 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.
In 2019 he was awarded a visiting fellowship with the Institute of Advanced Sustainability Studies, Potsdam, Germany, examining concepts and methodologies for evaluating the societal impact of transitions research.
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.
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):
Senior Fellow, Institute of Advanced Sustainability Studies
15 Aug 2019 → 15 Nov 2019
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NESP2_IP5.02 – Waste Impact Management Research
Lane, R., Schandl, H., Kaufman, S., Baynes, T., Lu, Y., Wiedmann, T., Kaksonen, A. H., Boxall, N., Cheng, K. Y., Vince, J., Zaman, A., Minnuno, R., Tobin, S. & Wilson, A.
1/07/22 → 30/03/24
Environmental Markets Leadership Program
1/11/21 → 30/06/25
BC-GRIP Communicating and responding to public health risks from pollution and waste
Thomas, M. G., Hutchins, B., Klemm, C., Smith, L. & Kaufman, S.
8/01/18 → 25/03/21
The co-evolution of government risk communication practice and context for environmental health emergenciesThomas, M., Kaufman, S., Klemm, C. & Hutchins, B., 2023, In: Journal of Risk Research. 26, 1, 14 p.
Research output: Contribution to journal › Article › Research › peer-reviewOpen AccessFile
Curbing plastic consumption: a review of single-use plastic behaviour change interventionsBorg, K., Lennox, A., Kaufman, S., Tull, F., Prime, R., Rogers, L. & Dunstan, E., 10 Apr 2022, In: Journal of Cleaner Production. 344, 14 p., 131077.
Research output: Contribution to journal › Review Article › Research › peer-review
Emergency risk communication and sensemaking during smoke events: a survey of practitionersThomas, M., Klemm, C., Hutchins, B. & Kaufman, S., 2022, (Accepted/In press) In: Risk Analysis. 14 p.
Research output: Contribution to journal › Article › Research › peer-reviewOpen Access
Behaviour in sustainability transitions: a mixed methods literature reviewKaufman, S., Saeri, A., Raven, R., Malekpour, S. & Smith, L., Sep 2021, In: Environmental Innovation and Societal Transitions. 40, p. 586-608 23 p.
Research output: Contribution to journal › Article › Research › peer-review
Hackathon Report - Encouraging Natural Disaster PreparednessSlattery, P., Kaufman, S., Smith, L., Zhao, K., Tear, M., Waddell, A. & Plant, B., Jul 2021, Melbourne Vic Australia: BehaviourWorks Australia. 39 p.
Research output: Book/Report › Other Report › Research