Professor Svetlana Bogomolova

Matthew Flinders Professor

College of Business, Government and Law

place Bedford Park
GPO Box 2100, Adelaide 5001, South Australia

Professor Svetlana Bogomolova is the Inaugural Deputy Director of the Centre for Social Impact (CSI) at Flinders University – a node of a national research concentration internationally recognised for driving social impact research and implementation.

Svetlana leads a team of mix-methods researchers specialising in co-designing and evaluating social and health programs through end-to-end engagement with consumers with lived experience of disadvantage and practitioners who serve those communities. Her particular interest is the role of food (and food relief) in overcoming social inequalities and creating pathways to wellbeing for all.

Svetlana has led numerous competitively awarded research collaborations with a range of industry stakeholders, including international, national, state, not-for-profit and private organisations. Notable examples include:

  • ARC Industry Mid-Career Fellowship ‘Transforming harvest surplus into nutritious meals for food relief’ (2024-28), as sole CI, in partnership with Foodbank SA/NT and Green Industries SA;
  • ARC Linkage ‘Towards zero hunger: improving food relief services in Australia’, as lead CIA (2021-24), in partnership with Wellbeing SA, Department of Human Services SA, The Food Centre, Foodbank SA/NT and Anglicare SA; and
  • SA Government collaborations, aimed at bringing consumer and practitioners’ voices to the design and evaluation of government programs that promote physical, social and emotional wellbeing.

She serves as a Director on the Board of Country SA Primary Health Network (PHN), where she acts as a conduit between social services and primary health sectors through the systems thinking lens and co-design method.


Svetlana holds a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology, a Master of Business, and a PhD. She is also a Qualified Practicing Market & Social Researcher (QPMSR) accredited by the Australian Market and Social Research Society, an industry research body. Trained as both qualitative and quantitative researcher, Svetlana has more than 20-year experience conducting primary data collection with consumers from various backgrounds.

She is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, and is an experienced non-executive Director.

Honours, awards and grants

Industry/policy engagement award:

Svetlana is a recipient of a one-per-year national award by Standards Australia (2017) for community engagement and contributions to policy.

Recent academic awards:

ARC Industry Mid-Career Fellowship (2024-28): "Transforming harvest surplus into nutritious meals for food relief", in partnership with Foodbank SA and Green Industries SA; only 25 awarded nationally, 8% success rate.

ARC Linkage Project Grant "Towards zero hunger: improving food relief services in Australia" (2021-24); lead chief investigator.

NHMRC Partnership Grant "Improving physical activity and screen time in Outside School Hours Care through evidence-based guidelines: an effectiveness-implementation hybrid trial" (2022-26).

International Society for Behavioural Nutrition and Physical Activity (ISBNPA), peak body, Team commendation for research excellence: Active Team App (2020).

ARC Fellowship for Early Career Researchers (DECRA) 2013-2016 for the project "Retail Price Promotions in Australia - are consumers really better off?", 12 % success rate.

Key responsibilities

Leadership in research in the areas of health and social marketing and systemic response to social challenges.

Topic coordinator
BUSN9148 Marketing in a digital age
Higher degree by research supervision
Principal supervisor: marketing (3)