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Dr Vivienne Waller

Senior Lecturer - Sociology
PhD, Australian National University, Australia; Bachelor of Arts, University of Melbourne, Australia; Bachelor of Science, University of Melbourne, Australia


Prior to coming to Swinburne, Viv worked as a Research Fellow in the Department of Information Systems at the University of Melbourne and for the Regulatory Institutions Network of the Australian National University. She has published in the areas of regulatory policy, library studies, information studies, information systems, and technology use. Viv has taught courses in policy, gender studies and political philosophy at RMIT and Monash University. Prior to entering academia, she worked as a consultant conducting social research and in policy and evaluation areas of the federal government.

Research interests

environmental practices and knowledge; food waste management; social research methods; sociology of the environment; socio-technical systems; sociology of knowledge; socio-political implications of digital technologies; sociology of information

PhD candidate and honours supervision

Higher degrees by research

Accredited to supervise Masters & Doctoral students as Principal Supervisor.

PhD topics and outlines

social aspects of environmentally sustainable transport options: for example, social practices around car share schemes, electric cars, public transport

social practices around the production and/or elimination of waste: for example food, plastic, e-waste

transitions to environmentally sustainable practices

urban agriculture


Available to supervise honours students.

Fields of Research

  • Sociology - 160800


  • 2014, Swinburne, Vice-Chancellor's Global Initiatives Award, Swinburne University of Technology

Further information



Also published as: Waller, Vivienne; Waller, V.
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Recent research grants awarded

  • 2017: Desktop review of success factors for a municipal FOGO collection *; Metropolitan Waste & Resource Recovery Group
  • 2016: A sociological analysis of low carbon food waste practices *; CRC Low Carbon Living
  • 2015: CRCLCL Carbon reductions from composting food waste for food production fitting recycling models to urban forms *; CRC Low Carbon Living
  • 2014: Vivienne Waller Major-Bid Development Scheme 2014 To develop a CRC research bid *; Research Advisory Group - Major Research Bid Development Scheme 2013

* Chief Investigator