Sophie is an experienced researcher with a focus on environmental and social policy. At the Institute for Public Policy and Governance, Sophie has conducted a number of strategic reviews for several different local government entities including Joint Organisations, councils and Directorates, particularly in respect of the state water sector. She has also been involved in program evaluations of programs for domestic and international clients in a number of different areas, including domestic violence prevention, disaster recovery, and national productivity programs.
Sophie has a legal background. She practiced as a lawyer for over two years, with a focus on financial regulatory matters, and as a tipstaff for a judge at the Land and Environment Court. She has a broad range of academic and policy research and analysis experience, having worked for a number of law professors and research centres at UNSW on a number of policy issues, including climate change law and policy, refugee law, constitutional and administrative law and social policy and impact.
- Environmental and social policy analysis
- Program evaluation and development, particularly in respect of disaster recovery
- Refugee and human rights law
Simoes dos Santos, P, Duxson, S, Burridge, N, Miller, K, Chodkiewicz, A, Ellinson, A & Goodall, A White Ribbon Australia 2019, Evaluation of Breaking the Silence Schools Program, pp. 1-159, White Ribbon Australia.
The University of Technology (UTS) was engaged by White Ribbon Australia in 2017 to evaluate the Breaking the Silence Schools Program (BtS), which is a primary prevention program that has been run in Australian schools since 2009. The BtS program provides professional learning for principals and teachers to give them foundational knowledge, tools and strategies to encourage, enable and support respectful relationships and violence prevention in schools.
UTS developed the evaluation approach that integrates a suite of research methods and data sources from previous internal evaluations and program materials. The report presents the findings and recommendations from this evaluation.