What motivates us and fuels our passion for work and life is contributing in a very real way towards building a better society through better thinking.
For the Rapid Context team, sociology, and social science more broadly, is far more exciting and rewarding when you’re applying it, not when you’re simply theorising it.
Rapid Context was founded to give people a sophisticated way to think about issues facing their organisations. We have endeavoured to make the building blocks of Rapid Context - our people, the way we work, and where and when we work - align with our lofty ambition for building a better society.
Founder and Chair
Expertise in the design, implementation, analysis and reporting of strategic and academic research, evaluation and monitoring. Specialist expertise in Defence and Organisational culture.
Chief Executive Officer
Katherine is a policy expert and lawyer who has worked in senior federal government roles across a broad range of areas including legal and regulatory reform, Indigenous affairs, housing and homelessness and women’s policy.
Managing Director, Strategic Communications & Training
Flexible Work Specialist | Education Specialist
Qualified project manager and senior researcher with an extensive portfolio across sensitive and complex topics including organisational culture and work pattern analysis. Highly experienced in the area of people and culture, and skilled at developing strategic responses to workplace issues. Specialist in flexible work implementation and management.
Managing Director, Research | Sociologist
Expertise in Women in sport, gender and the military, media analysis, research program development and delivery within the Department of Defence, qualitative methods, quantitative analysis.
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DR. TEGAN DONALD
Science Communication Specialist
Tegan has a diverse research background working in both the academic and professional realms of the university sector, and more recently joining Rapid Context as a senior research consultant. Tegan has a Bachelor of Photonics (majoring in Physics) and a PhD in science communication.
DR. LEANNE FRANCIA
Leanne specialises in applied research and qualitative research design. Leanne has an interest in working in sensitive and complex areas, and is not afraid to ask the difficult questions that ensure research findings reflect the lived experience of the individual. Leanne's PhD thesis focused on family violence and separated parents’ experiences of the Australian family law system.
Lindy is an expert in quantitative research, implementation and analysis of data. She has expertise in survey methodology and design.
Dr Christopher Gyngell is Rapid Context's Ethics Advisor. He is a research ethics expert and currently serves as Human Research Ethics Advisor at The University of Melbourne. From 2017 to 2020, he was Deputy Chair of the School of Paediatrics Ethics Committee at the University of Melbourne. He has also designed curriculum on Research Ethics for the Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre.
Nyssa has broad experience in administration management and support of small business.
Grace's experience is in social, organisational, and health psychology. She specialises in qualitative and quantitative research methods, systematic reviews, and specialises in quantitative analysis.
Keryn specialises in evaluation and implementation research for government agencies. She brings knowledge of evaluation theory, social research methods, policy analysis, and public sector research. She helps agencies use evaluation to improve program design, support organisational learning, enhance operational effectiveness, and guide decision-making.
Public Policy Specialist
Carolyn brings extensive public sector management and policy development experience to a variety of research projects at Rapid Context. Her expertise is in public policy development, international and bilateral negotiations and professional writing, editing and research.
Social Research Specialist
Michelle's expertise is in qualitative research design, implementation and analysis, mixed method research and social media analysis. Highly skilled in translating research in to practice.
Social Research Specialist
Meredith’s experience and expertise are predominantly in qualitative research. She is highly skilled in investigating issues and capturing lived experience. Meredith holds a Master of Applied Linguistics and also has an interest in health and wellbeing.
Madeleine has a Bachelor of Arts (First Class Honours) in Applied Linguistics and Gender Studies. She has experience in semi-structured research interviews and research interests in the area of gender and the military. She is currently completing her Juris Doctor.