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, sport management and public health combined with technical skills.


Professor Rochelle Eime
Federation University Australia, and Victoria University

B.App Sci (Hons), Dip Project Management, PhD
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.
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 
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
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 (Applied Statistics)

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 Neroli Sawyer
BAppSci, (Hons), BA, PhD
Neroli has over 15 years experience as a statistician in research contexts including sport, physical activity and health. Her experitse includes design and management of online surveys, design and conduct of semi-structured interviews, data management, statisical analysis and reporting.

Senior 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.

Strategic and Research Advisors

Professor Hans Westerbeek
BPhysEd, MSc, MBA, PhD, AMP
Professor Hans Westerbeek and research advisory role for Sport and Recreation Spatial. He is currently the Professor of International Sport Business, Pro-Vice Chancellor- Sport Strategy at Victoria University. He holds visiting professorships at Real Madrid Graduate School (Spain), Free University of Brussels (Belgium) and Central University of Finance and Economics (Beijing, China).

Prior to taking on the role of Pro-Vice Chancellor, sport strategy and Dean, College of Sport and Exercise Science in 2013, Professor Hans Westerbeek was the founding Director (January 2010) of the Institute of Sport, Exercise and Active Living (ISEAL). Professor Westerbeek is an active researcher, corporate facilitator, author and consultant to numerous organisations such as Tennis Australia, FIFA, the AFL, the Australian Sporting Goods Association and the International Tennis Federation, and governments in a variety of countries including Australia, the USA, Malaysia, China, the United Arab Emirates, Belgium, the Netherlands, Brazil, India, Switzerland, New Zealand, Japan and most recently in India and Colombia.