Nita Lauren

Nita is a social psychologist with a specialisation in evaluation and behaviour change.

She recognises the need for society to shift in ways that benefit biodiversity, and she enjoys working with industry partners to develop and implement research designs that have applied impacts on the environment and community. 

Currently, Nita is a Research Fellow in the Interdisciplinary Conservation Science Group at RMIT’s Centre for Urban Research (CUR). She is part of an ARC linkage grant with Zoos Victoria and Genovese where she is developing methods for encouraging people to engage in conservation behaviours after purchasing wildlife-friendly coffee. She is one of CUR’s Early Career Researcher representatives and hosts regular writing groups (get in touch if you’re interested in attending). She also co-chairs the Nature Behaviour Change Community of Practice, which is a collaborative group of individuals passionate about encouraging behaviours and systems that benefit biodiversity.

Nita’s research career has been focused on applied research. Her PhD was part of the CRC for Water Sensitive Cities, where she developed and tested a method for encouraging behavioural spillover. Post-PhD, Nita became a Monitoring and Evaluation Officer with WorkSafe Victoria, where she was responsible for developing evaluation frameworks to guide the delivery of person-centred case management approaches that benefit injured workers. As a Research Fellow at Monash University’s BehaviourWorks Australia, Nita worked across a range of applied research projects, such as evaluating household food waste interventions with OzHarvest and developing and evaluating household energy-efficient shower interventions with Victoria’s major water retailers.