Tom is a social researcher and development practitioner. He specialises in applying systems thinking approaches to problem solving and drawing on interdisciplinary understandings of contested issues to identify leverage points to generate change.
Tom has extensive experience using mixed-method and qualitative approaches to research. His research interests and experience are broad, covering governance, climate change mitigation and adaptation, higher education and pedagogy, and sport management. This experience has contributed to a number of already peer-reviewed published journal articles, with others currently under review.
Since joining Sustineo in 2014, Tom has demonstrated his capacity to apply academically rigorous standards of work in ways practical and relevant for project partners. In a recent engagement with the United Nations Development Programme, Tom led the design, conduct and reporting of a voter awareness survey in the Solomon Islands which will inform strategy and investment decisions for the Solomon Islands Electoral Commission.
Tom has made significant contributions to other projects in his time with Sustineo. These include: evaluating a jobs program with the Indigenous Land Corporation; contributing to the development of a new qualitative impact assessment methodology and conducting fieldwork in Indonesia with Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research; and developing a Knowledge, Attitudes and Practices survey for the Australian Federal Police. Tom is also Project Manager for one APEC and two ASEAN projects.