Hot topics: USC list of summer holiday experts
17 Dec 2020
It has been a surreal year that has brought new discussions to the fore. Topics we could never have predicted when the year began – from new microbiological considerations at the family barbecue, to the impact of border closures on the traditional summer road trip.
USC Australia has research experts available to comment to the media (with appropriate notice) on a variety of relevant topics that have become particularly pertinent in 2020, and continue to be relevant over the summer holiday season.
This list includes experts based at USC’s Sunshine Coast, Fraser Coast and Moreton Bay campuses:
Dr Rachael Sharman (USC Sunshine Coast)
07 5456 5073 or email@example.com
The mental health and wellbeing impacts of COVID-19 and strategies for how we can better support ourselves and one another during times of stress and disruption. Christmas with the family, parenting, family dynamics, stress and loneliness.
Professor Helen Stallman (USC Thompson Institute)
07 5456 5472 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Mental health, coping and suicide prevention. Coping with the stressors over the Christmas period including social isolation, family conflict, parenting, the effects of COVID-19 or an uncertain future.
Dr Ipek Kurtboke (USC Sunshine Coast)
07 5430 2819 or email@example.com
Public health around COVID and during the ‘silly season’. How can improved public understanding of microbiology lead to COVID-safe environments? How can pathogens spread at social functions?
Dr Stefanie Fishel (USC Sunshine Coast)
Politics and international relations
What is happening in the United States with the new administration and is Trump going to leave the White House? What political dynamics are at play right now? What repercussions does this have for Australia and our alliance with the US?
Dr Shannon Brincat (USC Sunshine Coast)
Politics and international relations
07 5430 1193 or firstname.lastname@example.org
International relations. Current research looks at how we can imagine the future, especially in terms of managing the environment politically.
Dr Shahab Pourfakhimi (USC Fraser Coast)
Tourism, leisure and events management.
07 5456 5690 or email@example.com.
The economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on the tourism, hospitality, leisure and events industries. Consumer behaviour and tourists’ perceptions, choices and experiences including travel considerations during restrictions.
Dr Vikki Schaffer (USC Sunshine Coast)
Tourism, leisure and events
07 5459 4705 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Sustainable tourism during peak holiday season. How tourism has been impacted by COVID-19 restrictions including border closures.
Dr Erica Mealy (USC Moreton Bay) (USC Sunshine Coast)
07 5459 4484 or email@example.com
Will we be exchanging wearable technology for Christmas gifts this year? What are the latest gadgets on people’s wish lists? And are our tech-based gadgets spying on us?
Hammad Siddiqi (USC Moreton Bay) (USC Sunshine Coast)
Finance and economics
07 5459 4538 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Good financial practice during the Christmas holidays, commonly known as a season of excess.
Dr Sanjeev Srivastava (USC Sunshine Coast)
07 5459 4819 email@example.com.
Bushfire occurrence; fire management; identification, prediction and evaluation of fire-prone areas; link between environmental sustainability and hazard reduction.
Dr Amy Clarke (USC Sunshine Coast)
07 5456 5269,0404 838 221 or firstname.lastname@example.org
“Big things” – the Big Pineapple, the Giant Prawn and other giant attractions that might be included in a holiday road trip.
Dr Javier Leon (USC Sunshine Coast)
Contact: 07 5456 3405 or email@example.com
Coastal and beach erosion. Cyclones and their impact. The science of surfing.
Dr Ali Black (USC Sunshine Coast)
Contact: 07 5456 5156 or firstname.lastname@example.org
What kinds of things can I do with my child over the holidays? The importance of holidays and relaxation for young children and teenagers. Why having a break is important and how it supports children’s wellbeing. The value of being outdoors and in nature over the holidays.
Dr Bonnie Holmes (USC Fraser Coast)
07 5456 5683 or email@example.com
Shark activity over the summer period.
Dr Karen Sutherland (USC Sunshine Coast)
07 5456 5277 or firstname.lastname@example.org
How has social media boomed in 2020. What trends have we seen considering physical distancing requirements, quarantine, lockdown and new COVID-safe business practices. Are some people overseas, in America for example, looking at a Zoom Christmas?
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YouTube recordings of USC’s Research Unmasked series of research panels on topics related to COVID-19 are at www.usc.edu.au/research-unmasked
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