Alexander (Zan) completed his Bachelor of Psychological Science (Hons I, 2010) and PhD (2015) at The University of Queensland. His thesis investigated intergroup conflict and cooperation. At UQ he developed and lectured courses in advanced research methods, philosophy of science and social psychology and conducted research on social connectedness and health.
In 2017 Zan completed a postdoctoral fellow position at the University of New South Wales on effective clinical and community implementation of new treatments for drug dependence in Australia. He joined BehaviourWorks in 2018 and is based in Sydney, where he collaborates with partners across Australia.
Zan’s mission is to increase the impact of evidence on practice. This means (1) advancing the science of scale up and implementation for behaviour change interventions, (2) understanding and improving organisational decision-making, (3) increasing the transparency and accessibility of research through Open Science, and (4) grappling with the tension between scientific legibility and complexity/non-linearity in systems change and sustainable transitions.
He is leading the development of a scale up toolkit for behaviour change interventions; a collaborative project between BehaviourWorks and the Victorian Department of Premier and Cabinet’s Behavioural Insights Unit. An agile/action research approach incorporating an evidence review, expert input, rapid prototyping and real-world validation is being used to develop the toolkit.
The toolkit will support behaviour change practitioners in maximising the reach of tested behaviour change interventions, increasing their impact.