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 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 wide range of policy issues, including climate change law and policy, refugee law, constitutional and administrative law and social policy and impact. She also worked 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.
- Environmental and social policy analysis
- Program evaluation and development
- Social impact assessment
- Socio-economic and demographic research and data analysis
Simoes dos Santos, P, Duxson, S, Burridge, N, Miller, K, Chodkiewicz, A, Ellinson, A & Goodall, A 2019, Evaluation of 'Breaking the Silence' Schools Program, UTS Institute for Public Policy and Governance.
White Ribbon's Breaking the Silence Schools Program (BtS) is a primary prevention program that has been run in Australian schools since 2009.
BtS 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. This is delivered through an eLearning course, face-to-face workshops and an online resource hub and forum, which schools can use to implement events and strategies. To date, more than 500 schools have participated in the program.
The University of Technology Sydney (UTS) was engaged by White Ribbon in 2017 to evaluate the BtS program and provide recommendations from this evaluation.