Dr Stefania Velardo

Senior Lecturer

College of Education, Psychology and Social Work

place Education (5.22)
GPO Box 2100, Adelaide 5001, South Australia

Dr Stefania Velardo is a Senior Lecturer in Health Education at Flinders University. In her career to date, Stefania has published on the sociology of food, eating and health. Her work has largely used oral and visual qualitative methods to investigate social, cultural and economic influences on people's relationships with food. Stefania is experienced in conducting qualitative health research with marginalised and vulnerable groups, with a particular interest in inclusive child-centred methodologies. She also works with other vulnerable groups including older Australians and socioecnomincally disadvantaged communities.

Alongside her academic position, Stefania has worked as the President of the Australian Health Promotion Association (SA Branch) since 2016. This role has enabled her to develop strong leadership, communication and collaboration skills and has afforded her opportunities to work with stakeholders to advocate for a broad range of public policies and initiatives.

  • BHSc (University of South Australia)
  • BEd (Hons) (Flinders University)
  • PhD (Flinders University)
Honours, awards and grants

Australian Health Promotion Association Glen Paley Memorial Award

Flinders University Re-Entry Fellowship ($25000)

Flinders University Vice Chancellor's Award for Teaching Excellence
Breakthrough Mental Health Research Foundation Funding ($25000)

ARC Kathleen Fitzpatrick Laureate Research Mentoring Scheme (University of Melbourne)
Flinders University Vice Chancellor's Award for Early Career Researchers 
Flinders University College of EPSW Teaching Award 

Flinders University College of EPSW Research Grant ($8000)
Healthy Development Adelaide International Travel Grant ($1000)
Journal of Nutrition Education & Behavior High Impact Award

Flinders University Building Research Leaders Program
Flinders University Mentoring Program

Flinders University EHL Faculty Small Research Grant ($1735)
Healthy Development Adelaide International Travel Grant ($1000)

Elected representative - Global Young Scientists Summit, Singapore

Healthy Development Adelaide International Travel Grant ($1000)
Healthy Development Adelaide/Channel 7 Research Foundation Top Up Scholarship 2012-13 ($9000)

Flinders University Academic Internship Program
Flinders University EHL Faculty Project Funding ($1000)

Australian Postgraduate Award (2011-13)
Young Scholar Award (27th ACHPER International Conference)
3MT Competition Winner - School of Education, EHL Faculy, 2nd Runner Up Flinders University Final

Topic coordinator
HLPE1541 Social Determinants of Health
HLPE2540 Theories & Practices of Health Promotion
HLPE3540 Drugs, Politics & Public Health
Supervisory interests
Food literacy
Food security and health promotion
Health promotion and education
Public health and children
Qualitative research methodology
School health promotion
Social and cultural factors that influence food patterns and food intake
Social disadvantage
Higher degree by research supervision
Associate supervisor: Food insecurity & public health (1), Academic Activism (1)

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