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Sharni Goldman


Bachelor of Health Science (Hons Class 1) University of Newcastle, 2016

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Research Interests

• social dimensions of climate change

• coupled social–environmental change from a local focus

• structure and agency theory


Sharni Goldman is a PhD candidate in the Resources, Environment and Development Program at the Crawford School of Public Policy. She has a broad interest in the social dimensions of climate change and decarbonisation. Her current focus is on the social implications of resource industry change that derive from complex interlinkages between resources, people and place.

Sharni’s PhD project wrestles with transition from coal in the Hunter Valley region of NSW from the perspective of local communities intimately intertwined with the resource. Through the lens of people-place connection, the research seeks to foreground social issues beyond ‘the economic’ generated by resource change; issues often elided in land use change and economic restructuring considerations, yet vital to the wellbeing of people as they live, rooted in place.

Sharni tutors on the social dimensions of environment and climate change policy at the Crawford School. She also contributes to research on the social and ecological determinants of health equity as a part-time Research Assistant with the Menzies Centre for Health Governance at the ANU. She has co-authored various policy-oriented and commissioned research in this role. Previously, she worked on public and community health research as a Research Assistant at the University of Newcastle School of Medicine and Public Health. She holds a Bachelor of Health Science with first class honours from the University of Newcastle, for which she received the Faculty of Health and Medicine Medal.


• Dr Rebecca Colvin, Resources, Environment & Development Program, Crawford School of Public Policy, ANU

• Dr Hedda Askland, School of Humanities and Social Science, The University of Newcastle

• Prof Sharon Friel, Menzies Centre for Health Equity Governance, ANU


• Ngqangashe, Y., Goldman, S., Schram, A. and Friel, S. (2021). ‘A narrative review of regulatory governance factors that shape food and nutrition policies’, Nutrition Reviews, nuab023, DOI:

• Friel, S., Goldman, S., Townsend, B. and Schram, A. (2020) Australian COVID-19 policy responses: Good for health equity or a missed opportunity? Menzies Centre for Health Governance, ANU.

• Townsend, B., Friel, S. and Goldman, S. (2020) Promoting health equity: mixed scorecard for Australia’s policy response to COVID-19. Pearls and Irritations.

• Schram, A. and Goldman, S. (2020) Paradigm Shift: New ideas for a structural approach to NCD prevention. Comment on: How neoliberalism is shaping the supply of unhealthy commodities and what this means for NCD prevention. International Journal of Health Policy and Management, 9(3), 124-27.

• Friel, S. and Goldman, S. (2019) Addressing the social and commercial determinants of health. Rapid review brokered by the Sax Institute for the Queensland Department of Health.

• Wolfenden, L., Goldman, S., Grady, A., Kingsland, M., Lee, H., Sutherland, R. et al. (2017) For community health workers receiving pre-service training, should the duration of training be shorter versus longer? (PICO 2). Final report to the World Health Organisation Guideline Development Group. Centre for Evidence Implementation.

• Wolfenden, L., Grady, A., Goldman, S., Kingsland, M., Lee, H., Babic, M., et al. (2017) For community health workers receiving pre-service training, should the curriculum address specific versus non-specific competencies? (PICO 3). Final report to the World Health Organisation Guideline Development Group. Centre for Evidence Implementation.

Scholarships and fellowships

Australian Government Research Training Program (AGRTP) Scholarship

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