Research and Innovation team

The research and innovation team leads our research strategy and supports our researchers in their vital work. It consists of the VCST Lead, Research, Graduate Research School and Research Services teams.

Professor Remco Polman

VCST Lead, Research  Image is a photo of Professor Remco Polman

Remco’s initial training was in the Faculty of Human Movement Sciences at the 'Vrije Universiteit', Amsterdam, The Netherlands ('Doctorandus' 1992). Following this he completed his PhD in the Psychology Department at the University of York, UK. Previously, he was the head of the School of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences at Queensland University of Technology (2017-2022), head of the Psychology Department at Bournemouth University, UK (2015-2017), program leader for active living across the lifespan at the Institute of Sport, Exercise and Active Living, at Victoria University, Melbourne, (2010-2015) and Director of the Centre of Applied Sport and Exercise Science at the University of Central Lancashire, UK (2008-2010).

Remco has also held previous appointments at the University of Hull, Leeds Metropolitan University, the University of South Australia, and the University of North London (now London Metropolitan University). Remco is a Chartered psychologist by the British Psychological Society and an accredited sport and exercise psychologist by the Health Care and Professions Council, UK. Remco's research interests are diverse and include stress, coping, and emotions in sport and exercise, the psychology of (sport) injury rehabilitation; personality and sport and exercise (Mental toughness), exercise psychology, aging, sport coaching and more recently the science of esports.

Dr Mark Potter

Director, Research and InnovationImage is a photo of Dr Mark Potter

Mark has led both Research and Graduate Research support teams at UTAS, Monash University and the University of Melbourne. Mark was most recently Manager of Research and Partnerships in the Faculty of Veterinary and Agricultural Sciences, at Melbourne where his team managed a doubling of annual research income.

Mark brings a wide range of management skills to the University including, implementation of research management systems, the streamlining of online processes, the development of robust research policies, guidelines, and procedures, the effective use of researcher performance data to enhance researcher development and in industry engagement. Mark is genuinely committed to first in family education, ECR development, diversity and inclusion and relationship development with Indigenous communities.

Professor Wendy Wright

Dean, Graduate Research

Professor Wendy Wright is Dean of the Graduate Research School at Federation University Australia.

Wendy’s research is focussed at the intersection between human populations, modified landscapes, wildlife and wild places; and is informing the development of evidence-based environmental management policy in Australia and internationally. She has worked in collaboration with the Victorian State Government to understand the effects of fire and harvesting on wildlife in public forests.  Other work in Australia is focused on the effects of past and present ecological disturbances on species of interest (i.e. rare, threatened species, important populations or invasive species) including Strzelecki Gum, Sallow Wattle, Koala and Sambar Deer.  International collaborations include projects in China (investigating the biodiversity value of reconstructed forests in Sichuan Province), Indonesia (the role of Rattan agroforestry in biodiversity conservation) and Nepal (the role of women in Nepalese forestry governance, addressing human-tiger conflict in subsistence farming communities and contributing to training of wildlife guides in Bardia and Chitwan National Parks).  An interest in local and traditional ecological knowledge has led to collaborations with historians and sociologists and to projects which examine the historical use of fire in ecosystem management by Indigenous Australians in Victoria; and the role of traditional ecological knowledge in managing protected areas in the Ngawa Tibetan and Qiang Autonomous Prefecture in China. Important themes in Wendy’s research include: Wildlife conservation; disturbance ecology, conservation in highly modified environments and ecological anthropology.

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Professor Andrew Barton

Deputy Dean, Graduate Research 

Professor Andrew Barton is Deputy Dean, Graduate Research and the Discipline Leader (Science and Engineering), providing overall academic leadership for the geoscience, mathematics, and various engineering discipline areas. As head of the science and engineering disciplines, Andrew is also a member of the School’s executive team.

Andrew’s other substantive position is as a Professor in Water Engineering. Andrew received his PhD from the University of Tasmania in the area of experimental fluid mechanics (near wall flows and surface roughness) and civil engineering hydraulics (hydropower systems). He also holds an MEngSc by research from Monash University where he worked on fishway hydraulics and numerical modeling techniques. He has since worked for over ten years in both the water industry and academia in senior engineering, lecturing, and management roles developing a national and international profile in water resources engineering and hydraulics.

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Research Services Quarter 4 Newsletter, 2023