Sophie is an experienced researcher with a focus on environmental and social policy and evaluation. At the Institute for Public Policy and Governance, Sophie has been heavily involved in program evaluations for domestic and international clients in a number of different areas, including domestic violence prevention, disaster recovery, and national productivity programs. She has also 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.
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 and constitutional and administrative law.
- Environmental and social policy
- Program evaluation and development, particularly in respect of disaster recovery
- Refugee and human rights law
This report evaluates the recovery programs specifically funded under the Commonwealth Government's Community Recovery Fund (CRF) provided to the Tasmanian Government in response to the Southern Tasmania Extreme Weather Event (STEWE). The extreme weather event occurred in May 2018 causing significant damage and disruption to the Hobart City, Kingborough, Derwent Valley, Glenorchy City, Huon Valley and Clarence City local government areas (LGAs).
Ryan, R, Duxson, S & Tindale, A Livingstone Shire Council 2019, Livingstone Shire Council Whole of Community Plan, Sydney.
The Centre for Local Government (CLG) was engaged by Livingstone Shire Council to develop a Whole of Community Plan to ascertain the Livingstone community's aspirations for its future and to align its strategic and operational practices with these ambitions. CLG ran an extensive program of community engagement throughout 2019 and compiled the quantitative and qualitative data were used to develop a Whole of Community Plan which will sit above every other plan and strategy the Council administers and will guide asset management, budgetary, policy and programming decisions.
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.