Staff

The Sport and Recreation Spatial team brings together a strong and professional team. Each team member brings extensive experience on projects across a range of disciplines including health, education, sport, recreation and technology. This is complimented by extensive research in the areas of behavioural epidemiology and public health combined with technical skills.

Director

Associate Professor Rochelle Eime
Federation University Australia, and Victoria University

B.App Sci (Hons), Dip Project Management, PhD
Associate Professor Rochelle Eime is responsible for the overall management and research development for Sport and Recreation Spatial. Rochelle is a behavioural epidemiologist, who has over 15 years of research experience specifically relating to the sport sector and covering areas of participation, facilities, health and education. She has strong industry networks within the sport and health sector including state and national, government agencies and sporting organisations.
r.eime@federation.edu.au
phone:  03 5327 9687
mobile: 0418 800 521

eResearch Director

Dr. Helen Thompson
BComm, PhD
Helen Thompson is the Director, Centre for eResearch and Digital Innovation, Federation University Australia having worked for the Centre for 14 years. Helen has extensive experience in areas including new digital technologies, knowledge management, spatial mapping and eResearch and brings this knowledge and expertise to her advisory role with SRS. Her doctoral research focused on reflections on effective implementations of ICT in regional and rural areas. Helen is a National Broadband Champion and is engaged in research into the use of ICT as a mechanism for community development. She is also involved in a range of activities where her personal and professional skills contribute to the economic and social development of regional and rural Victoria
h.thompson@federation.edu.au 
phone: 03 5327 9418 

Spatial System Developer

Mr. Paul Feely
BComp/BComm (Hons)

Paul is the Geographic Information System developer for Sport & Recreation Spatial and is the senior programmer in the Centre for eResearch and Digital Innovation, Federation University. Paul works on a wide variety of custom applications, single source publishing and spatial systems using technologies including PHP, MySQL, Docbook and Mapserver and Openlayers. Recent projects include UB Commute, ATOM (Apprentice and Trainee Online Management System), C-Milk dairy data spatial mapping, Cancer Australia guideline publishing and Regional Rural and Remote Legal Placements
p.feely@federation.edu.au
phone: 03 5327 6157

Technical Project Manager

Mr. Andrew Macleod
BComp, B.App Sci (Hons-info tech)
Andrew Macleod is the Manager Technical Projects at the Centre for eResearch and Digital Innovation, Federation University Australia. Andrew has extensive experience in the implementation of major information technology projects and has contributed his technical expertise to Sport and Recreation Spatial. Andrew has extensive experience in project planning and control and in the implementation of major information technology projects. With a strong understanding of eCommerce and portal technology and strategies, Andrew's technical skills include web development and programming.
 

Senior Statistician

Dr. Jack Harvey
BSc, DipEd, PhD
As Senior Statistician for Sport and Recreation Spatial, Dr. Jack Harvey contributes statistical perspectives to the design and implementation of the mapping system and oversees all data acquisition and data management, quantitative research design and statistical analysis for specific research studies. Jack is a statistician with over 30 years experience in applied research in contexts including human movement science, sports science, health sciences and evaluation of physical activity and health interventions.  He also has long experience with geographical analysis, including the development and management of a regional demographic and economic information service in the pre-internet era and a doctoral thesis that applied statistical image analysis to demographic applications of satellite imagery. 

 

Data Manager

Ms. Melanie Charity
BBiolSc, MSc

Melanie is the senior research assistant for Sport and Recreation Spatial. Her responsibilities include data management, statistical analysis and reporting. Prior to starting at Sport and Recreation Spatial, Melanie held similar positions in health research at The University of Melbourne and Monash University. She also has extensive experience working in the health sector including data collection, management and reporting.
 

Research Fellow

Dr Meghan Casey
B.App Sci (Hons), Dip Project Management, PhD

Meghan has 10 years of research experience in the sport and recreation field on topics including socio-ecological determinants of participation in physical activity and sport, capacity building and organizational change, and program development, implementation and evaluation. She has published widely in international peer-reviewed journals and has informed program and policy development on a range of sport management issues, including capacity, organisational change and program development.
 

Design Coordinator

Mr. Paul McKenna
The graphic design portfolio for Sport and Recreation Spatial has been developed by Design Coordinator Paul McKenna from the Centre for eResearch and Digital Innovation at Federation University Australia. Paul joined CeRDI in January 2012 and is responsible for graphic design services with a focus on website design. Paul has extensive experience in the graphics industry and has operated his own design business over the last 9 years working on design projects for SME's and corporations. Projects have ranged from logo and stationery designs for start-up businesses to a large range of brochure and website designs for established enterprises
 

Strategic and Research Advisor

Professor Warren Payne
BSocSc, MA, PhD
Professor Payne has a strategic and research advisory role for Sport and Recreation Spatial. He is currently the Pro Vice-Chancellor (Research and Research Training) at Victoria University.  He is also an associate of Victoria University’s Institute for Sport, Exercise and Active Living and an Honorary Professor at the Federation University Australia. Warren has extensive experience in working with and undertaking research in collaboration with a range of key groups responsible for the development of sport and physical activity across Australia.  He has provided strategic advice to a range of groups including VicHealth and the Victorian Department of Sport and Recreation.