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Lisa Wood

Assoc/Prof Lisa Wood

Senior Research Fellow
Social Impact, Centre for

Contact details
Centre for Social Impact
The University of Western Australia (M263)
35 Stirling Highway
+61 8 6488 4376

Associate Professor
Population and Public Health

Contact details
Population and Public Health
The University of Western Australia (M431)
35 Stirling Highway
+61 8 6488 7809
+61 8 6488 1100
BCom PhD W.Aust., GradDipHlthProm Curtin
My research and teaching roles at UWA are complemented by over two decades experience in public health and health promotion. This has included work with academic, government and non-government organisations as well as engagement as a public health consultant in WA, nationally and internationally. In one of my first jobs I had the opportunity to be involved in the development of legislation to ban tobacco advertising in WA, and I have continued to work in tobacco control over the years, most recently as a technical advisor to The Union, working to reduce the enormous preventable burden of tobacco related diseases in Vietnam and the Philippines.

I am a tireless advocate for research being relevant and useful to the real world, and the need for academia to go beyond 'the ivory tower'.
Key research
Much of my research is focused on the need for more upstream and join-up solutions to address complex social challenges such as homelessness, incarceration, social isolation and closing the gap in Aboriginal wellbeing. Other areas of research over the last decade have included social capital and sense of community; the role of pets in the community; tobacco control, nature-based play and mental health.
Most of her research is multidisciplinary and encompasses a breadth of qualitative and quantitative research methodologies. She is involved in a diverse mix of research and knowledge mobilisation, with increasing focus on the need for more upstream and join-up solutions to address complex social challenges such as homelessness, Aboriginal wellbeing, social isolation and health inequalities. I Underpinning all of my research is a strong interest and commitment to research that is useful and relevant to the ‘real world’.
Roles, responsibilities and expertise
Multi-disciplinary collaborations are increasingly called for in research, and I currently hold positions in the School of Population and Global Health (Faculty of Medicine) and the Centre for Social Impact (Business School, UWA).

I am active in research, teaching, supervision of postgraduate students and in service roles within UWA and the wider community.

Much of my research has focused on ‘wicked problems’ that have significant public policy implications, hence engaging with community organisations, government agencies and policy makers is an important extension of my research. I am also able to draw on health and community sector ties to enrich the teaching and learning experiences of students studying health leadership.
Funding received
Since completing my PhD in 2006, I have secured research competitive research funding within WA, nationally and in one instance, internationally, to a total value of nearly 8 million dollars. This has included grants from a variety of national and state research funding schemes, and commissioned research from government and non-government organisations.
Australian Health Promotion Association - member
Honours and awards
Most recent awards (last 6 years) include:
Vice Chancellors Mid–Career Research Award, University of Western Australia 2016

Department of Health WA Merit Award 2014-15

2014 Publication Prize Level C/D for the peer-reviewed paper with highest citations, School of Population Health, UWA

Fay Gale Fellowship, 2014

Planning Institute of Australia, 2013 Awards for Planning Excellence Best Planning Idea: Big Project Award – Public Open Space “POS Tool”

Emerging Health Promotion Leader Award inaugural winner. 2012

New Independent Researcher Infrastructure Support Award, Department of Health, WA. 2012

Healthway Senior Research Fellowship: Three year fellowship 2011-2013

Research Development Award for Early Career Researchers, University of Western Australia. 2009

Current external positions
Technical Advisor for Tobacco Control, International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease (The Union).

Senior Researcher, ConNetica

Director, Relationships Australia (WA) Board

Research profile
Research profile and publications

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