Sharni Goldman is a social science health researcher and PhD scholar at RegNet. She is interested in the social dimensions of efforts to address climate change including the impacts of mitigation actions on human society and health, and the impacts of social issues, such as growing inequality, on actions to address climate change.
Her particular focus is the social and health impacts of the renewable energy transition on coal communities in Australia. Her PhD project is concerned with questions of how the energy transition can proceed in a way which provides for the justice, social and health needs of these communities – an issue gaining prominence through the idea of the ‘just transition’. Specifically, her project seeks to understand how transition governance – that is, the mix of government, industry and community actors, their interests and power to influence, and different ideas about how the transition should proceed – enables or constrains local people’s agency to participate in decision making and exert control over what their future looks like in a decarbonising world.
Sharni is a part-time Research Officer with the Menzies Centre for Health Governance at RegNet, working on regulatory and governance focused research on the social, ecological and commercial determinants of health. Prior to joining RegNet, she was a Research Assistant with the School of Medicine and Public Health at the University of Newcastle where she worked on a number of evidence synthesis and knowledge translation projects in health promotion. She holds a Bachelor of Health Science (Nutrition) with First Class Honours from the University of Newcastle, for which she received the Faculty of Health and Medicine Medal.
She has co-authored a number of peer-reviewed journal articles and has been an author on commissioned evidence reviews for state government and the World Health Organization.
- Social dimensions of energy transitions
- Social determinants of health
- Governance for health
- Public policy
- Participatory forms of governance
#funpolice: what do social media responses to the Australian ‘lockout laws’ tell us about trust and support for public health regulation?
In 2016, two years after new alcohol control legislation (i.e. the lockout laws) went into effect in New South Wales, 70% of voters supported the legislation – by 2018 this declined to 48%.
Diet and chronic disease prevention: supporting implementation of priority actions in the food and nutrition system
This project examines the basic architectures of regulation and governance related to diet-related NCDs in four policy domains – food composition, food labelling, food taxation and food marketing rest
Author(s): Ashley Schram, Sharni Goldman
Date of publications: 2020
Publication type: Journal article
Author(s): Sharon Friel, Sharni Goldman
Date of publications: 2019
Publication type: Report