Melanie is a Research Fellow in the School of Regulation and Global Governance (RegNet). Prior to joining RegNet she spent eight years in Perth at the University of Western Australia (UWA). Across this time she worked at the Graduate School of Management, UWA Business School, and the School of Sport Science, Exercise and Health.
For her doctoral thesis, she completed a qualitative study exploring the factors affecting food provision behaviours in disadvantaged families with overweight or obese children.
She has worked in the areas of child obesity prevention, health promotion, seniors’ mental health, alcohol warning statement labelling, alcohol use in teenagers, nutrition literacy, Indigenous health behaviour, workplace health promotion and evaluation, health policy development, and qualitative research methodologies.
Her current position at RegNet involves work on the HE2: a systems approach to healthy and equitable eating project with Professor Sharon Friel.
Social determinants of health; health equity; public health nutrition; health promotion; health policy; obesity prevention; Indigenous health; vulnerable populations; workplace health promotion and evaluation; and social marketing