Dr Sascha Fuller

Dr Sascha Fuller

Pacific Node Coordinator

Newcastle Institute for Energy and Resources (Sociology and Anthropology)

Career Summary

Biography

Appointment of Pacific Node Coordinator strengthens the University of Newcastle’s (UON’s) commitment to the region to deliver co-operative solutions to challenges faced by Pacific island communities through in-country capacity building, knowledge generation and sharing.

Pacific island countries are striving to balance the needs and economic aspirations of growing populations, with the maintenance of healthy environments and natural ecosystems. To facilitate this delicate balance, UON has partnered with the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) to create a Pacific island research ‘node’. A strategic initiative of the Global Impact Cluster for Energy, Resources, Food and Water that is administered by leading research institute NIER, the Pacific Node will provide a flexible framework to support the resilience and sustainability of the Pacific’s most at-risk communities who are under increasing environmental, economic and social pressures.

Dr Sascha Fuller, an anthropologist with over 15 years research and field experience on projects in Australia, New Zealand, Nepal and Mexico will coordinate the Pacific Node, located at SPREP’s headquarters in Apia, Samoa. Sascha’s research interests are focused on the intersection of climate change with other environmental, sociocultural, political and economic issues, in particular gender, out-migration, education, land use practices and development assistance, which present both risks and opportunities for rural and regional livelihoods and resilience. 

As the Pacific Node Coordinator, Sascha is responsible for implementing initiatives of the Research Roadmap, a strategic plan outlining the partnership between UON and SPREP. Her role is focused on the mutual objective of both parties to deliver cooperative and sustainable solutions to complex challenges faced by the Pacific island people in critical areas of environmental need and national priority. These initiatives will be further reinforced trough the establishment of a Doctoral Training Centre and targeted PhD scholarships associated with SPREP projects, where Sascha is responsible for the provision of advice and support to both supervisors and students engaged in these regional projects.

Drawing upon her experience working in the international development sector, Sascha will be a key contributor to deliver UON’s strategy for international engagement in the Pacific region and will drive the advancement of research cooperation between academics and multiple stakeholders in an international environment to develop innovative sustainable solutions to ensure Pacific people’s livelihoods and culture remain intact.


Qualifications

  • Doctor of Philosophy, University of Sydney
  • Bachelor of Arts (Honours), University of Newcastle

Keywords

  • agriculture
  • anthropology
  • climate change
  • development studies
  • education
  • environmental change
  • gender
  • livelihoods
  • migration

Languages

  • English (Mother)
  • Nepali (Working)

Fields of Research

Code Description Percentage
129999 Built Environment and Design not elsewhere classified 100

Professional Experience

UON Appointment

Title Organisation / Department
Pacific Node Coordinator University of Newcastle
Newcastle Institute for Energy and Resources
Australia
Pacific Node Coordinator University of Newcastle
Research and Innovation Division
Australia
Casual Academic University of Newcastle
School of Humanities and Social Science
Australia
Casual Academic University of Newcastle
School of Environmental and Life Sciences
Australia

Awards

Recipient

Year Award
2018 ANSA (Australian Network of Student Anthropologists) Travel Grant Award
ANSA - Australian Network of Student Anthropologists
2012 Australian Anthropological Society Robyn Wood Travel Grant
Australian Anthropological Society (AAS)

Recognition

Year Award
2008 The Architectural Science Association (ANZASCA) Best Research Paper Award (Education)
ANZASCA - The Architectural Science Association
2007 Faculty Medal: Sociology/Anthropology, University of Newcastle, Australia
Faculty of Education and Arts, University of Newcastle

Scholarship

Year Award
2012 Ben Sanford Cullen Award (Research Scholarship), University of Sydney, Australia
The University of Sydney
2010 eter Lawrence and Carlyle Greenwell Postgraduate Research Scholarship in Anthropology, Department of Anthropology, University of Sydney
The University of Sydney
2002 UMAP (University Mobility in the Asia-Pacific region) Newcastle – Mexico Research Scholarship, University of Newcastle, Australia
The University of Newcastle
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Publications

For publications that are currently unpublished or in-press, details are shown in italics.


Chapter (2 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2009 Fuller SR, Ostwald M, Williams AP, 'Student motivation and participation in architectural education: Academic staff perceptions', Computing, Cognition and Education: Recent Research in the Architectural Sciences, ANZAScA, Sydney, New South Wales 143-154 (2009) [B1]
Co-authors Michael Ostwald
2009 Ostwald M, Williams AP, Fuller SR, 'The professional accreditation of architecture programs: Academics' perceptions', Computing, Cognition and Education: Recent Research in the Architectural Sciences, ANZAScA, Sydney, New South Wales 127-141 (2009) [B1]
Co-authors Michael Ostwald

Journal article (1 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2015 Williams LT, Germov J, Fuller S, Freij M, 'A taste of ethical consumption at a slow food festival', Appetite, 91 321-328 (2015) [C1]

© 2015 Elsevier Ltd. This paper examines the motives and experiences of attendees at a Slow Food festival to gain an understanding of how people engage with ethical consumer proje... [more]

© 2015 Elsevier Ltd. This paper examines the motives and experiences of attendees at a Slow Food festival to gain an understanding of how people engage with ethical consumer projects. Slow Food is a global social movement aimed at promoting food that is regionally, ethically, and sustainably produced, and convivially consumed. The movement uses culinary tourist events, such as food festivals and farmers' markets, to promote its philosophy and attract new members. There have been no empirical studies of ethical consumption using a Slow Food event as a case study. This study uses an ethnographic approach and a framework of virtue ethics to explore the views of people attending a major Slow Food festival in the city of Melbourne, Australia. Semi-structured interviews were conducted in situ with 33 participants (19 consumers and 14 stallholders) to discover their rationales for attending the festival, and their perspectives on ethical consumption. Transcripts were coded and thematically analysed, resulting in three themes reflecting varying degrees of public virtues (altruistic motivations) and private virtues (personal wellbeing): the quest for virtuous lifestyles through ethical consumption, the importance of co-production, and the challenges of putting ethical consumer projects like Slow Food into daily practice. The findings reveal the manner in which virtue ethics affects foodways and highlights the contingent and challenging nature of practising ethical eating.

DOI 10.1016/j.appet.2015.04.066
Citations Scopus - 6Web of Science - 5
Co-authors John Germov, Lauren Williams

Conference (3 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2008 Ostwald M, Williams AP, Fuller SR, 'The value of the professional accreditation process in Australasia: Architectural academics perceptions', ANZAScA 2008: Proceedings of the 42nd Annual Conference of the Australian and New Zealand Architectural Science Association, Newcastle, NSW (2008) [E1]
Co-authors Michael Ostwald
2008 Fuller SR, Ostwald M, Williams AP, 'Academic staff perceptions of students' motivation and participation in architectural education', ANZAScA 2008: Proceedings of the 42nd Annual Conference of the Australian and New Zealand Architectural Science Association, Newcastle, NSW (2008) [E1]
Co-authors Michael Ostwald
2007 Williams AP, Ostwald M, Fuller SR, 'Issues confronting architectural education in Australia', IASDR'07: International Association of Societies of Design Research 2007. Proceedings, Hong Kong (2007) [E1]
Co-authors Michael Ostwald
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Research Opportunities

SPREP - Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environmental Programme

SPREP is the regional organisation established by the Governments and Administrations of the Pacific charged with protecting and managing the environment and natural resources of the Pacific. The head office is based in Apia, Samoa. SPREP has an annual budget of USD $29 million in 2018. The establishment of SPREP sends a clear signal to the global community of the deep commitment of Pacific island Governments and Administrations for better management of the environment within the context of sustainable development. SPREP’s mandate is to promote cooperation in the Pacific region and provide assistance in order to protect and improve its environment and to ensure sustainable development for present and future generations. The core priorities and focus of SPREP in the areas of: Climate Change Resilience; Island and Ocean Ecosystems; Effective Waste Management; and Pollution Control Environmental Governance. If you would like to get involved in UON initiatives with SPREP, please get in touch.

Other

Research and Innovation Division

26/11/2018 - 31/12/2019

https://www.sprep.org/

Contact

Doctor Sascha Fuller
University of Newcastle
School of Humanities and Social Science
sascha.fuller@newcastle.edu.au

SPREP - Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environmental Programme

SPREP is the regional organisation established by the Governments and Administrations of the Pacific charged with protecting and managing the environment and natural resources of the Pacific. The head office is based in Apia, Samoa. SPREP has an annual budget of USD $29 million in 2018. The establishment of SPREP sends a clear signal to the global community of the deep commitment of Pacific island Governments and Administrations for better management of the environment within the context of sustainable development. SPREP’s mandate is to promote cooperation in the Pacific region and provide assistance in order to protect and improve its environment and to ensure sustainable development for present and future generations. The core priorities and focus of SPREP in the areas of: Climate Change Resilience; Island and Ocean Ecosystems; Effective Waste Management; and Pollution Control Environmental Governance. If you would like to get involved in UON initiatives with SPREP, please get in touch.

Other

Research and Innovation Division

26/11/2018 - 31/12/2019

https://www.sprep.org/

Contact

Doctor Sascha Fuller
University of Newcastle
Newcastle Institute for Energy and Resources
sascha.fuller@newcastle.edu.au

Master of Social Change & Development

This program explores all aspects of social change in the global environment at an in depth level. The University of Newcastle’s master program will enable you to take on high-level roles within funded development projects, aid organisations and government departments. It also opens up opportunities to take you outside of Australia to work in developing countries, which are supported through government departments.

Masters

Graduate Research

26/11/2018 - 31/12/2019

https://www.newcastle.edu.au/degrees/master-social-change-development

Contact

Doctor Sascha Fuller
University of Newcastle
School of Humanities and Social Science
sascha.fuller@newcastle.edu.au

Master of Social Change & Development

This program explores all aspects of social change in the global environment at an in depth level. The University of Newcastle’s master program will enable you to take on high-level roles within funded development projects, aid organisations and government departments. It also opens up opportunities to take you outside of Australia to work in developing countries, which are supported through government departments.

Masters

Graduate Research

26/11/2018 - 31/12/2019

https://www.newcastle.edu.au/degrees/master-social-change-development

Contact

Doctor Sascha Fuller
University of Newcastle
Newcastle Institute for Energy and Resources
sascha.fuller@newcastle.edu.au

Master of Disaster Resilience and Sustainable Development

Organisations around the world are realising that by championing sustainable development, they can not only save lives and revenue, but also achieve a competitive advantage and lead the way within their industry. They seek to become more resilient in the face of disasters by mitigating risks and reducing their impact. If your role involves identifying, mitigating and managing business, safety or environmental risks – or if you aspire to such a position – this program will place you at the forefront of your field.

Masters

Graduate Research

26/11/2018 - 31/12/2019

https://www.newcastle.edu.au/degrees/master-disaster-resilience-sustainable-development

Contact

Doctor Sascha Fuller
University of Newcastle
School of Humanities and Social Science
sascha.fuller@newcastle.edu.au

Master of Disaster Resilience and Sustainable Development

Organisations around the world are realising that by championing sustainable development, they can not only save lives and revenue, but also achieve a competitive advantage and lead the way within their industry. They seek to become more resilient in the face of disasters by mitigating risks and reducing their impact. If your role involves identifying, mitigating and managing business, safety or environmental risks – or if you aspire to such a position – this program will place you at the forefront of your field.

Masters

Graduate Research

26/11/2018 - 31/12/2019

https://www.newcastle.edu.au/degrees/master-disaster-resilience-sustainable-development

Contact

Doctor Sascha Fuller
University of Newcastle
Newcastle Institute for Energy and Resources
sascha.fuller@newcastle.edu.au

Capacity Building in the Pacific - Engage With the Pacific Node

UON has dedicated resources to support engagement in the Pacific region through the Global Impact Cluster for Energy, Resources, Food & Water. If you are or want to conduct research in the Pacific, we can connect and support you.

Other

Research and Innovation Division

26/11/2018 - 31/12/2019

https://www.newcastle.edu.au/newsroom/featured-news/pacific-partnership-deepens-ties-with-island-nations

Contact

Doctor Sascha Fuller
University of Newcastle
School of Humanities and Social Science
sascha.fuller@newcastle.edu.au

Capacity Building in the Pacific - Engage With the Pacific Node

UON has dedicated resources to support engagement in the Pacific region through the Global Impact Cluster for Energy, Resources, Food & Water. If you are or want to conduct research in the Pacific, we can connect and support you.

Other

Research and Innovation Division

26/11/2018 - 31/12/2019

https://www.newcastle.edu.au/newsroom/featured-news/pacific-partnership-deepens-ties-with-island-nations

Contact

Doctor Sascha Fuller
University of Newcastle
Newcastle Institute for Energy and Resources
sascha.fuller@newcastle.edu.au

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Dr Sascha Fuller

Positions

Pacific Node Coordinator
Newcastle Institute for Energy and Resources
Research and Innovation Division

Casual Academic
School of Humanities and Social Science
Faculty of Education and Arts

Casual Academic
School of Environmental and Life Sciences
Faculty of Science

Focus area

Sociology and Anthropology

Contact Details

Email sascha.fuller@newcastle.edu.au
Phone (02) 4921 6012
Link Research and Innovation Cluster

Office

Room NIERA-110
Building NIER A Block
Location Callaghan
University Drive
Callaghan, NSW 2308
Australia
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