Dr Tahna Pettman

Senior Research Fellow

College of Business, Government and Law

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

Tahna is currrently a Senior Research Fellow at the Centre for Social Impact Flinders. Tahna’s experience is unique, having worked in government, community and academia. Those who work with Tahna know her as an advocate for evidence-informed public health, equity, and liveable communities achieved through intersectoral collaboration.

Tahna has particular expertise in knowledge translation, research impact and evidence-informed decision-making, with experience spanning boundaries between evidence generation, teaching, policy and practice.

Tahna joined the team that is now CSI Flinders in mid-2021, to apply her knowledge brokering experience to an ARC-funded linkage research project with the South Australian food relief sector. The project aims to translate principles into good practice and collective impact.

Tahna also provides research consultancy services for organisations, engaging people to ensure that research investments are useful, relevant and have impact.


Tahna has a PhD in Health Sciences, preceded by a Graduate certificate (clinical research) and Bachelor of Health sciences (Life science). Tahna has training in both qualitative and quantitative research, and has nearly 20-years experience in health promotion and public health policy, evaluation, university teaching and research.

Supervisory interests
Evidence based implementation
Food security
Health promotion policy
Intersectoral collaboration
Knowledge translation
Public health
Higher degree by research supervision
Associate supervisor: Social impact (2)