Sarah is currently finalising her PhD thesis: ‘Catalysing water-saving behaviours in Australian urban households’. The thesis focuses on behaviour identification and prioritisation to assist in water demand management for households.
Sarah’s research contributes to the innovative international, multidisciplinary CRC for Water Sensitive Cities program. She is particularly interested in catalytic or ‘spillover’ behaviour adoption pathways, perceptions of behaviour similarity and assessing the effort involved in behaviour adoption as part of behaviour diagnosis.
Sarah is also involved with research projects around promoting social inclusion in Australia and in evaluating the impact achieved by BWA through client engagement.
Sarah is a member of the teaching team for Monash University’s Master of Environment of Sustainability course – Leadership for Sustainable Development.
She is one of the lead facilitators of BWA’s executive training program, working with public sector leaders in applying a behavioural lens to policy development and design.
Sarah 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 previously worked in environmental education and interpretation within the botanic garden sector, designing and leading training events and workshops on best practice in education for botanic gardens in Honduras, the Philippines, Oman, Argentina, Chile, Mexico, Canada, Russia, Thailand, the US, UK, South Africa, China, Spain and Germany.
Prior to arriving in Australia Sarah was Director of Education and Public Engagement in the Oman Botanic Garden where she established strategic interpretation and marketing programs and built an education centre for schools focused on biodiversity conservation and sustainability.
Since arriving in Australia, Sarah has developed workshops on improving energy efficiency practices within industry for ClimateWorks Australia and taught at the Royal Botanic Gardens of Victoria, investigating environment and sustainability with 4-18 year-olds.