Lorrae van Kerkhoff holds a PhD from ANU in Human Ecology. She was a post-doctoral fellow at the National Centre for Epidemiology and Population Health from 2003-2008, and spent 2004-5 with Harvard's Center for International Development, supported by a Fulbright Post-doctoral Fellowship and a Land and Water Australia Travelling Fellowship. While there, she investigated how funding mechanisms connect science and politics in the treatment and prevention of malaria, HIV/AIDS and tuberculosis. She has published extensively on integrative and transdisciplinary research concepts and methods. Her doctoral dissertation examined the concept of integrated research, and how it is being understood and implemented by two environment-sector Australian Cooperative Research Centres. It was published in 2008.
Lorrae’s research and teaching interests include qualitative and integrative research methods, particularly as they contribute to decision-making and action in the arenas of sustainability and global health. She is particularly interested in the role of science in governance, decision-and policy-making as it relates to sustainability; north-south research collaborations; and institutional influences on the governance of knowledge. Lorrae is currently a contributing Editor to Environment journal.