Researcher biography

Nicole is a graduate from The University of Queensland with qualifications in psychological science. While studying, she worked with Indigenous Australian youths under the Child protection Services to provide care and behavioural support. Since graduating, she has worked on projects evaluating the effectiveness of innovative behavioural strategies with parents in impoverished settings, such as Kenya.

Nicole joined the UQ Energy & Poverty Research Group in January 2017. Her research aims to explore the significance of intrinsic psychological factors such as agency and motivation, in the context of women as entrepreneurs and leaders in the fight against energy poverty. More specifically, Nicole is interested in evaluating behavioural strategies that develop women’s intrinsic capabilities and enable successful uptake of energy solutions, through gender and culture sensitive business models and psychological empowerment.

Supervisors: Dr Vigya Sharma and Professor Paul Lant