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Dr Rod McCrea

Social Scientist


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Rod McCrea is a social scientist with the Sustainability Pathways Program, CSIRO Land and Water. His broad research interests interface between environments (natural and man-made) and human attitudes and behaviour; and his fields of research expertise include: urban quality of life, regional community wellbeing and resilience, social licence to operate, and more recently, public perceptions of responsible innovation.

Rod McCrea is a social scientist with CSIRO Land and Water. With an interdisciplinary background in human geography, psychology and economics, his research interests are at the interface of the environment and place-based wellbeing. Rod has published widely in urban liveability, community wellbeing and resilience, and more recently in social licence for locationally-based contested activities (e.g., social acceptance of onshore gas activities or local waste and resource recovery facilities).

Academic Qualifications

  • 2008

    PhD (Urban Geography)
    University of Queensland

  • 2003

    BA (Hons I Psychology)
    University of Queensland

  • 1998

    GC (Management)
    University of Canberra

  • 1991

    B.Bus (Accountancy)
    Charles Sturt University

  • 1988

    B.Econ (Hons II Geography)
    University of Queensland

Professional Experiences

  • 2012-present

    Social Scientist
    CSIRO Land & Water

  • 2008-2010

    Postdoctoral Fellow
    University of Qld, Institute for Social Science Research

  • 2004-2007

    Full-time study: PhD (Urban Geography)
    University of Qld, Schools of Geography and Sociology

  • 1999-2003

    Full-time study: BA (Hons I Psych)
    University of Qld, School of Psychology

  • 1989-1999

    Graduate Economist -> Assistant Director, Client Services
    Australian Bureau of Statistics

Achievements and Awards

  • 2020-2020

    Excellence in Research Ethics Award
    CSIRO Social Science and Human Ethics Research Committee

  • 2020- 2020

    CSIRO Certificate of appreciation (Agility in delivering across multiple projects at once)

  • 2019- 2019

    CSIRO Certificate of appreciation (Teamwork - Vegetable Education project)

  • 2017-2017

    Impactful Publication

  • 2011- 2011

    Science and Corporate Citizenship

  • 2010-2012

    CSIRO Ecosystems Postdoctoral Fellowship

  • 2008-2010

    UQ Postdoctoral Fellowship
    University of Queensland

  • 2004-2007

    Australian Postgraduate Award Scholarship
    University of Queensland

  • 2007- 2010

    Best paper award
    Applied Research in Quality of Life Journal

  • 2008- 2008

    Best Dissertation Prize (shared)
    The Australian and New Zealand Regional Science Association International

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