Dr Stefania Velardo

Lecturer in Teacher Education

College of Education, Psychology and Social Work

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

I am a lecturer and early career researcher with experience in qualitative research methods that capture people’s perspectives on sociocultural aspects of health and food. As a researcher, I am particularly interested in inclusive child-centred methodologies, on the premise that children can make meaningful contributions to research and practice. As such, many of my projects centre on the social, cultural and economic influences on children’s relationships with food. I am also interested in approaches to food education and the politics of health, food and eating.

Alongside my academic position, I am the President of the Australian Health Promotion Association (SA Branch). This role has enabled me to develop strong leadership, communication and collaboration skills and has afforded me opportunities to work with stakeholders to advocate for a broad range of public policies and initiatives. On behalf of members, I regularly write formal submissions, letters and statements on a variety of state and national issues of relevance to fostering health.

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

2018
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

2017
Flinders University Building Research Leaders Program
Flinders University Mentoring Program

2016
Flinders University EHL Faculty Small Research Grant ($1735)
Healthy Development Adelaide International Travel Grant ($1000)

2015
Elected representative - Global Young Scientists Summit, Singapore

2013
Healthy Development Adelaide International Travel Grant ($1000)
Healthy Development Adelaide/Channel 7 Research Foundation Top Up Scholarship 2012-13 ($9000)

2012
Flinders University Academic Internship Program
Flinders University EHL Faculty Project Funding ($1000)

2011
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

Research expertise
Food studies
Public health and health services
Sociology
Research interests
  • Child-centred research methods
  • Children's health conceptualisations, experiences and practices
  • Food education (community and schools)
  • Food security and disadvantage
  • Health literacy
  • Politics of health, food and eating
  • Social, cultural and economic influences on health, food and eating
  • Qualitative research methods and methodology
Topic coordinator
HLPE1541 Social Determinants of Health
HLPE3542 Media Advocacy & Policy Change
HLPE2540 Theories & Practices of Health Promotion
HLPE3540 Drugs, Politics & Public Health
HLPE3541 Mental health and wellbeing
Supervisory interests
Food literacy
Health education
Health promotion
Health sociology
Public health and children
Qualitative research methodology
School health promotion
Social and cultural factors that influence food patterns and food intake
Sociology of childhood
Higher degree by research supervision
Current
Associate supervisor: Food insecurity & public health (1)
Publications

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