Associate Professor Ben Harris-Roxas is Director of the South Eastern Sydney Research Collaboration Hub (SEaRCH). SEaRCH is part of the Centre for Primary Health Care and Equity at UNSW Sydney.
Ben specialises in health impact assessment (HIA), health service development, applied social research, program evaluation, and capacity building. He has worked with clients from Commonwealth, state and local government agencies as well as private sector clients, universities and non-government organisations. Ben has supported and conducted more than 30 HIAs and trained more than 1,000 people in health impact assessment, evaluation and social media.
Ben has a PhD from the University of New South Wales on the effectiveness of health impact assessment in health service planning. He also has a Master of Policy and Applied Social Research degree from Macquarie University and a Bachelor of Social Work from the University of New South Wales.
Ben has has published more than 25 peer-reviewed articles and book chapters and is on the Editorial Board for Environmental Impact Assessment Review and Impact Assessment and Project Appraisal. He is a member of the Croakey Health and Medical Panel, an Australian blog covering public health and health service issues.
Ben is actively involved in using social media in population health. He established the Health Impact Assessment Blog and co-founded the Healthcare and Social Media Australia and New Zealand group.
A list of Ben’s publications is available on the resources page.
Ben is Chair of the International Union for Health Promotion and Education’s Global Working Group on HIA. He is also a member of the NSW Committee of the Australasian Evaluation Society. He has advised the World Health Organization’s Centre for Health Development and the Western Pacific Regional Office on HIA and intersectoral action for health. Ben is a member of the International Association for Impact Assessment, the Australasian Evaluation Society, and the Society of Practitioners of HIA.