As a behavioural scientist, Renee understands the factors that shape decision making, and designs effective strategies for change
Renee has ten years’ diverse work experience as a behaviour-change and management specialist, in roles that have included consulting, research and analysis, academic work, and communications. She is skilled at defining a client’s challenge, conducting research to get to the heart of the issue, and generating innovative and practical solutions.
The unifying theme in Renee’s work is her passion for using research-backed insights to promote wellbeing, reduce harm, and increase impact.
Some of the key projects she has completed since joining MartinJenkins in 2018 include:
Articulating a case to close the social services funding gap: Renee worked with a team from MartinJenkins to help quantify the funding gap experienced by social service providers who have government contracts, to describe the impacts of this funding gap, and to build a case for increased funding and new funding mechanisms. Renee performed multiple roles – conducting the literature review and a number of stakeholder interviews, completing the thematic analysis, working with the team to generate strategic recommendations as to how the situation could be improved, and preparing the final evidence-based report. The Minister for Social Development, the Honorable Carmel Sepuloni commented, “This is an insightful piece of work and will be beneficial to the work underway within Government around more effective social services.”
Evaluating EECA’s campaign to get people driving electric: The Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority sought an independent evaluation of their Electric Vehicle Information Campaign, to determine ‘what worked, what didn’t, and what next’. Renee was the lead researcher in the mixed methods evaluation, which included a literature review, an online survey with 124 EV owners, interviews with 15 key stakeholders from across government and industry, and an analysis of marketing materials and post-campaign analytics. Renee developed the final report and co-presented the findings to EECA’s senior leadership team.
Co-developing a future-focused strategy for New Zealand Food Safety. In this wide-ranging project, Renee worked with a small team from MartinJenkins to define New Zealand Food Safety’s vision, key outcomes, guiding principles, and functions. She carried out a comprehensive environmental scan to identify the challenges and opportunities on the horizon, and then worked alongside Directors and Managers to articulate strategic priorities, in light of the changing context.
Before joining our team, Renee served as Business Director of Ogilvy Change NZ, establishing the New Zealand branch of this international behaviour-change consultancy. Highlights from this role include:
Researching and designing a series of successful, cost-effective interventions to improve discharge processes in public hospitals, in order to drive better patient safety outcomes. (See ‘Raising the Bar’ report for the Health Quality and Safety Commission).
Working with a civil defence agency to develop a communication tool to encourage people to prepare for an earthquake. The final product received an award for Excellence in Emergency Communication, from Emergency Media and Public Affairs.
Running behavioural science workshops and helping to embed behavioural science insights into practice – for clients including EECA, WorkSafe, Wellington City Council, Forest & Bird, and EnviroWaste.
Renee holds a Master’s degree (Distinction) in Social Policy from the London School of Economics, where she received the Charles Mostyn Lloyd Award for Outstanding Achievement. She also has a conjoint BCom/BSc in International Business and Physiology, and postgraduate qualifications in Sociology, all from the University of Auckland.