How did you get into research?
I was studying my undergrad degree in New Zealand in 2013, studying Psychology & Sociology alongside Law. The honest truth is that I realised I’m not confrontational enough to be a lawyer. I was interested in prevention which is why I am wanted to get into policy intervention when I met Associate Professor Robyn Dixon. She was delivering a talk on her research into child and family research for different government departments, and I realised that this bottom-up approach appealed more than dealing with the same issues on a daily basis without being able to address the societal structures that caused it. I started working with her shortly after in a research admin role and never looked back.
What is the best thing about your job?
Working in social policy. It’s exciting to be at the fore of policy change.
What do you like about working for IFF?
Definitely the people! The team are a lot of fun, and the concept of being human first (one of IFF’s values) is really lived.
What would you say to anyone interested in a career in research?
People rarely seek a career in research – they generally fall into it. It’s not something your careers counsellor thinks of. But if anyone is considering a research role I’d recommend speaking to someone who already works in research to understand the day to day of it. It helps if you’re organised but above all you need to have an inquisitive mind.