Dr Shane Kavanagh
Dr Kavanagh is a Research Fellow in the School of Psychology and Public Health at La Trobe University, Melbourne. He has more than 20 years’ experience working in the community health sector as a physiotherapist in both Australia and the UK. His research expertise includes the areas of gender, men’s health, gender inequality, social inequalities and multi-level modelling.
Dr Kavanagh is working with Professors Alan Shiell and Penny Hawe to gain an understanding of the social context of health interventions using social networks and systems modelling approaches.
Research Fellow, La Trobe University
Please describe your role in one or two sentences … as a researcher, I work with my colleagues to gain an understanding of the resources and social structures that allow communities to take control of their health.
The most challenging part is … dealing with multiple bodies of knowledge, from epidemiology and economics to sociology and anthropology, but this is also the best part!
I’m interested in the work of the Prevention Centre because … it is doing valuable work and it means I get to spend time with lots of super knowledgeable people and be constantly learning.
At work I am always learning that … I don’t know enough.
Before my current position, my most memorable role was … working at a factory exporting live crayfish.
When I’m not working, I most enjoy … surfing.
The talent I would most like to have is … to read quickly.
My favourite holiday is … one that doesn’t go to plan – in a good way.