Honorary Appointments

Dr Karen TindallAdjunct Associate Professor

Research Interests

Behavioural insights. public policy


Karen is an Adjunct Associate Professor with IGPA and a Senior Advisor with the Behavioural Insights Team Australia. The Behavioural Insights Team works with organisations to apply behavioural science to policies and services in support of social purpose goals. Based in BIT's Sydney office, Karen's work focuses on health, community resilience, and charitable giving. 

While a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the ANU Research School of Psychology, her research focused on a social identity approach to behaviour change, in particular how group-based identities can inform behavioural science approaches to behaviour change in public policy. 

Karen holds a Ph.D. from the Australian National University, in the field of public sector crisis management. She has worked at research and training organisations in Sweden (crisis management) and Madagascar (marine conservation); and has published in a number of fields, including public policy, social psychology, crisis management, and leadership. 


Peer-Reviewed Publications

  • Reynolds, K.J., Subasic, E., and Tindall, K. (2015) ‘The problem of behaviour change: From social norms to an ingroup focus’ Social and Personality Psychology Compass, 9(1), 45-56. 
  • Reynolds, K.J., Subasic, E., Lee, E., Bromhead, D., and Tindall, K. (2014) ‘Does education really change us? The impact of school-based social processes on the person’, in K.J. Reynolds and N.R. Branscombe (eds) Psychology of Change: Life Contexts, Experiences, and Identities, Psychology Press, 170-186.
  • Tindall, K. (2012) ‘Governments’ ability to assist nationals in disasters abroad: What do we know about consular emergency management?’ Journal of Contingencies and Crisis Management, 20(2), 102-14. 
  • Tindall, K. and ‘t Hart, P. (2011) ‘Evaluating government performance during consular emergencies: Towards an analytical framework’ Policy & Society, 30(2), 137–49.
  • Tindall, K. (2010) ‘Distance and displacement in consular emergencies: Assisting national citizens in distress abroad’ Global Studies Journal, 3(3), 167-79.
  • Tindall, K. (2010) ‘Coping with consular emergencies: Four key governmental coordination relationships’ International Journal of Emergency Management, 7(3/4), 281-95.
  • Marsh, D., ‘t Hart, P. and Tindall, K. (2010) ‘Celebrity Politics: The politics of the late modernity?’ Political Studies Review, 8: 322–40.
  • ‘t Hart, P., Tindall, K., and Brown, C. (2009) ‘Crisis leadership of the Bush Presidency: Advisory capacity and presidential performance in the acute stages of the 9/11 and Katrina crises’ Presidential Studies Quarterly, 39: 473–93.
  • ‘t Hart, P and Tindall, K. (2009) ‘Leadership by the famous: Celebrity as political capital’, in J. Kane, H. Patapan, and P. ‘t Hart (eds) Dispersed Democratic Leadership: Origins, Dynamics and Implications, Oxford University Press, 255-78.
  • ‘t Hart, P. and Tindall, K. (Eds) (2009) Framing the Global Economic Downturn: Crisis Rhetoric and the Politics of Recessions, Australia New Zealand School of Government monograph, ANU E Press, Canberra. (Co-author of four chapters in the volume).
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