Tanya Wilkins

PhD Scholar
Australian Centre for the Public Awareness of Science

As the Communication Manager for the Fight Food Waste Cooperative Research Centre, Tanya delivers the operational activities such as website, social media, events, sponsorships, media engagement, and publications.  As the CRC research projects are carried out, Tanya will work across these to synthesise, translate and communicate these research outputs for use by decision-makers in industry, government and the broader community.  There is also a large individual/household behaviour focus for the CRC that is both super interesting and linked with her PhD around climate change communication!  Did you know that if food waste was a country, it'd be the #3 global greenhouse gas emitter (FAO)??? Check out our website at fightfoodwastecrc.com.au or follow us on Twitter @FoodWasteCRC 

Tanya's previous role was communications lead for an adaptation and resilience knowledge exchange network based out of the Environmental Change Institute at the University of Oxford. One of her more innovative communication projects was a climate change murder/mystery game (see Publications for further details).

Her masters thesis explored the journey that climate change communication has taken to increase public understanding. This included the influences of communication methods, psychology, and the media.

As a promoter of genuine communication and engagement, Tanya is an advocate for the experts in these new days of ‘google-fuelled online warriors’. Before her time at Oxford, she built her marcomms career across government programmes both in Australia and the UK in diverse policy areas such as climate change, agriculture, water management, training and skills, and industry and trade. 

Aside from her academic and professional interests, Tanya is Mum to a 'spirited' tween daughter, hangs onto her dream of being published in The New Yorker one day, and is very proudly 3.5 years car-free!