Dr Stefania Velardo

Senior Lecturer

College of Education, Psychology and Social Work

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

Stefania is a Senior Lecturer in Health Education at Flinders University. She has been teaching health promotion and undertaking qualitative health research for over ten years, having published widely on the social dimensions of food. Stefania's work largely draws on oral and visual qualitative methods to investigate sociocultural influences on people's relationships with food, with a particular interest in inclusive child-centred methodologies. Beyond working with children, she is experienced in conducting qualitative health research with other vulnerable groups, including older Australians and socioeconomically disadvantaged communities.

  • 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 Foundation Health Seed Grant
  • Flinders University Re-Entry Research Fellowship


  • Flinders University Vice Chancellor's Award for Teaching Excellence
  • Breakthrough Mental Health Research Foundation Grant


  • 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
  • Healthy Development Adelaide International Travel Grant
  • Journal of Nutrition Education & Behavior High Impact Award


  • Flinders University Building Research Leaders Program


  • Healthy Development Adelaide International Travel Grant


  • Elected representative - Global Young Scientists Summit, Singapore


  • Healthy Development Adelaide International Travel Grant
  • Healthy Development Adelaide/Channel 7 Research Foundation Top Up Scholarship
Topic coordinator
HLPE3540 Drugs, Politics & Public Health
HLPE3541 Mental Health & Wellbeing
Supervisory interests
Child and adolescent health
Food security
Health promotion and education
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), Social and cultural responsibilities in youth sport (1)
Associate supervisor: Academic activism
  • Children and food
  • Social dimensions of food