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 Dr Claire Mason| Senior Social Scientist

Claire Mason

Claire’s research at the CSIRO focuses on understanding how to support individuals and organisations to realise the benefits and mitigate the risks of the digital economy.

Together with other researchers working in this space, she delivers projects with public and private sector organisations on:

  • Opportunities and risks for older Australians in a more digital society
  • Supporting employee transitions through digital disruption
  • Diversity of internet use and social inclusion
  • Vocational Education and Training in the digital economy
  • Future ways of working in the digital economy
  • Data integration and analytics to support future employment modelling

Claire has more than 20 publications in international peer-reviewed journals and has been the recipient of two Australian Research Council grants. She is a member of the editorial board for the international journal Group and Organization Management.

Claire’s broader research interests include:

  • Self-leadership
  • Capability development
  • Positive psychology

Dr Andrew Reeson |Research Team Leader, Data61

Andrew Reeson

Dr Andrew Reeson is an applied economist in CSIRO’s Data61. His work combines behavioural economics with econometric modelling to address issues of national significance to Australia.

On joining CSIRO in 2004 he became an early practitioner of behavioural economics, applying it initially to the design and implementation of environmental policy tools, particularly market-based instruments (MBIs). This included applying experimental economic study to inform the design of the Commonwealth Government’s Emissions Reduction Fund (‘Direct Action’), and providing detailed advice for Commonwealth and state governments on major water buyback and irrigation modernisation programs.

More recently he has switched his focus to the digital economy and services sector. This has included modelling the impacts of information technology on Australian businesses, analysing the impacts of technology on the future of work, and exploring the future of vocational education and training. Other recent projects have involved large scale randomised controlled trials of behavioural economics interventions, one to promote engagement among 90,000 superannuation fund members, and another encouraging the use of online services by 78,000 Centrelink clients.

Past highlights include an invited review of behavioural economics and its implications for the Australian tax and transfer system for the Henry Tax Review, establishing an innovative prediction market for water forecasting, and novel modelling of Medicare cardiology claims. He currently leads CSIRO’s contribution to the CSIRO-Monash Superannuation Research Cluster, and has contributed to high profile research on superannuation drawdown behaviour among Australian retirees. He has a growing, and diverse range of academic publications (detailed on Google Scholar), but should probably get out more.

Current Roles

  • Project leader, Behavioural economics and superannuation decision-making
  • Project leader, Forecasting jobs and skills demand in the Australian economy
  • Project leader, Vocational education and training in the digital economy

 

Dr Aysha Fleming| Research Scientist, Land & Water

Aysha Fleming

Dr Aysha Fleming is a social scientist in CSIRO’s Land and Water based in Hobart, Tasmania. Aysha brings an academic background in adult education, social research, communication of climate change and rural communities with learning and change to a diverse range of multidisciplinary projects. Current projects include: Lifelong Participation, Digital Agriculture, the Sustainable Development Goals and other social issues of sustainability in the primary industries (agriculture, forestry and fisheries).

Aysha brings her skills in stakeholder engagement and discourse analysis as well as her experience in conducting and analysing qualitative research to these projects. Qualitative research is useful to understand social decision making processes and the values on which these are based.

Aysha conducted interviews for the Lifelong Participation project and performed a discourse analysis on the results. She also contributed to writing the report and to designing the stakeholder engagement strategies including the forum and workshops.