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Dr Stefan Kaufman

Dr Stefan Kaufman

Snr Research Fellow

Interdisciplinary researcher, environmental protector

Stefan Kaufman joined BehaviourWorks as a Senior Research Fellow in May 2019 after a secondment in 2018. Stefan’s work with BWA involves developing multi-agency behaviour change interventions within collective impact frameworks and enhancing knowledge transfer within BWA’s partner organisations.

Prior to joining BWA, Stefan  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.

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.

Stefan has taught and provided guest lectures at Monash University, RMIT and the University of Melbourne, and designed and delivered training for Australia and New Zealand School of Government, the Australasian Evaluation Society, Australian Non-Profit and Social Marketing Association, and Monash’s groundbreaking GreenSteps program.

He has delivered workshops and guest presentations for EPA Victoria and other BWA organisations, received several staff awards and won a Mark Payton leadership development scholarship, exploring how to identify, and foster, science thought leadership in environmental regulation.

In 2019 Stefan 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.

He completed his PhD and B. Arts/B. Science (Hons 1) in Human Ecology at the Australian National University in 2009.

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