Emma specialises in the application of qualitative theories and research methods to understand contemporary social and cultural issues. Her recently completed PhD research explored the meaning and impact of non-traditional practices of Anzac commemoration. Emma brings more than 15 years of experience to Rapid Context from across the education, sporting and government sectors.


Emma began her career as an academic, studying in Australia, New Zealand and Canada where she developed strong analytical and conceptual skills examining intersections of national identity, race and gender in the sports media. Her exposure to a broad range of disciplines (including sociology, anthropology, cultural studies, social psychology, educational theory, human resource management and organisational systems thinking) enables her to efficiently gather and synthesise empirical evidence, and to develop tailored analytical approaches and evaluation techniques suited to client contexts.


During her six years in the Commonwealth Public Service (2009-2015) Emma assisted with the development, implementation and evaluation of a national blended education program for the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Agency, and at Defence, worked on a major research project on flexible work and analysed large-scale social research survey data. Emma also has experience in survey design, database and website development in the community sport sector.


Professional and Educational Background

PhD, Australian National University (Interdisciplinary and Cross-Cultural Studies)


Master of Sport and Leisure Studies, University of Waikato (NZ)

Bachelor of Applied Science, University of Canberra

Vocational Graduate Certificate in Management (Learning), CIT

Certificate IV Training and Assessment, CIT


Qualitative and quantitative data collection, management and analysis (including use of related software NVivo and SPSS)


Writing government and academic research reports


Systematic literature reviews

Project administration and management