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Trudy’s academic background is in Pastoral Studies, Social Work and Community Resource Management. Her PhD thesis from the University of Divinity was titled “Tracing the pulse: An investigation into the vitality of Australian Catholic parishes”. She is the author of A Handbook for Building Stronger Parishes and has authored and co-authored several research reports. She recently returned to Australia to head the new office in Canberra. In her prior role as researcher, her principal responsibilities have been the Building Stronger Parishes project and more recently, the National Youth Survey 2017.
Senior Research Officer
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Stephen has been a researcher with the office since 2007, during which time he has worked concurrently as a researcher with the Christian Research Association. He has qualifications in theology and applied social research. Stephen is a Doctor of Ministry Candidate at Alphacrusis College, investigating the effectiveness of sports chaplaincy in Australia, and is an Honorary Research Fellow with Sports Chaplaincy Australia.
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Leith joined the NCPR after a varied professional and academic career. She has a Bachelor of Science in Psychology (Honours), a Bachelor of Arts in Latin and Ancient History, as well as qualifications in Theology. Her honours thesis research undertaken with the University of Canberra looked at the relationship between personality and well-being in people living with chronic wounds. Leith works on a number of research projects at the office.
Research Assistant (Plenary Council)
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Paul comes to the NCPR with both academic and applied experience in social research. He has a Bachelor of Arts in anthropology and developmental studies. His social research knowledge includes field work in remote parts of Papua New Guinea, researching the restrictions to cash-cropping activities as well as assisting ANU researchers with investigations of the lived experience of wearable technology. Paul will continue researching wearable technologies and self-tracking in his honours year at ANU in 2019 alongside his work with us in assisting with the Plenary Council 2020 project.
Founding Director – Pastoral Research Office
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Bob was Director of the Pastoral Research Office from 1996 until his retirement in 2016. He has authored and co-authored numerous publications about the demography of the Australian Catholic population, aspects of Catholic belief and practice and Catholic parishes. Bob works on select research projects from time to time.