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Professor Gabriele Bammer

Professor, National Centre for Epidemiology and Population Health, Research School of Population Health
ANU College of Medicine, Biology and Environment
T: 02 6125 0716

Areas of expertise

  • Research, Science And Technology Policy 160511
  • Decision Making 170202
  • Environmental And Occupational Health And Safety 111705
  • Social Policy 160512
  • Higher Education 130103
  • Public Health And Health Services 1117
  • Specialist Studies In Education 1303
  • Policy And Administration 1605

Research interests

Integration and Implementation Sciences – Developing a new discipline.

Tackling complex problems needs improved theory and methods for:

1.     synthesis of a range of knowledge and perspectives (from relevant disciplines and stakeholders) to improve understanding of the problem

2.     more comprehensive understanding and management of unknowns, as action usually needs to occur in the face of incomplete knowledge

3.     using the improved understanding of the problem plus the improved grasp of unknowns to support decision makers and practitioners in government, business and civil society.

Relevant theory and methods are being developed in a range of projects across population health, policing and security, as well as environment.


Occupational Health, especially work-related neck and upper limb disorders.

A 20 year follow-up study of ANU employees from 1980-84.


Gabriele Bammer is developing the new discipline of Integration and Implementation Sciences to improve research strengths for tackling complex real-world problems through synthesis of disciplinary and stakeholder knowledge, understanding and managing diverse unknowns and providing integrated research support for policy and practice change (see This is described in Disciplining Interdisciplinarity: Integration and Implementation Sciences for Researching Complex Real-World Problems (ANU E Press, 2013; She convenes the Global Network for Research Integration and Implementation:

She is an ANU Public Policy Fellow, an inaugural Fulbright New Century Scholar alumna and has held visiting appointments at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government (2001-14), ETH-Zurich and the Universitaet fuer Bodenkultur in Vienna. From 2007-2013 she was the convenor of the ARC Centre of Excellence in Policing and Security’s Integration and Implementation research program.

Between 2011-13 she was Director of the ANU's Research School of Population Health, Director of the National Centre for Epidemiology and Population Health and co-Director and then Director of the Australian Primary Health Care Research Institute.

Researcher's projects

Available student projects

Various projects on methodologies for "interdisciplinary" research, including success factors

The long-term consequences of work-related neck and upper limb disorders (RSI)


Past student projects

David Barton “Renewable energy for remote islands: comparing Lord Howe and Norfolk” PhD, Centre for Sustainable Energy Systems, Department of Engineering, (supervisor, 2005-8)

Rosemary Ford “Nurses’ attitudes to illicit drug users and the impact on practice” PhD, (chair supervisory committee, 2001-6)

Lorrae van Kerkhoff “Integrated environmental research: from practice to theory”  PhD, School of Resources, Environment and Society, (supervisor, 2001-2)

Karen Lees “Changes in working conditions and prevalence of work-related neck and upper limb disorders between the early 1980s and late 1990s” MPH, (co-supervisor, 1999-00)

Glenda Lawrence “'Sending the wrong signal': analysis of a newspaper's campaign opposing an Australian heroin prescription trial” MPH, University of Sydney, (co-supervisor, 1998-9)

Kasumi Nishigaya "Social and sexual relations of young female garment factory workers in Cambodia and their vulnerability to HIV/AIDS" PhD, (supervisor, 1998-02)

Robyn Davies "Protective factors for adolescent drug use" PhD, (supervisor, 1998-06)

Nicholas Lintzeris "The use of buprenorphine in the management of heroin withdrawal" PhD, (chair supervisory committee, 1997-02)

Jeffrey Ward "Factors affecting the outcome of methadone maintenance for the treatment of opioid dependence" PhD, National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre, (co-supervisor, 1994-5)

Jillian Fleming, "Is childhood sexual abuse a significant risk factor in the aetiology of alcohol abuse in women?"PhD, (chair supervisory committee, 1993-6)

Adele Stevens, "Factors affecting women's illicit drug use" PhD, Womens Studies, The Faculties, (advisor, 1990-8)

Phyll Dance, "Canberra drug users, their networks and HIV: Establishing risks and harm minimisation strategies" PhD, (chair supervisory committee, 1990-8)

Roslyn Woodward, "The challenge of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome: It's so strange when you stay sick" PhD, (chair supervisory committee, 1990-3)


Projects and Grants

Grants are drawn from ARIES. To add Projects or Grants please contact your College Research Office.

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