Ben Harris-Roxas

Associate Professor Ben Harris-Roxas is a health services researcher and program evaluator with over 16 years experience in Australia and overseas. He has worked for several universities, consulting firms, government agencies and NGOs. He is currently Director of the South Eastern Sydney Research Collaboration Hub (SEaRCH), an joint initiative of UNSW Australia and the South Eastern Sydney Local Health District in Sydney. Ben trained as a social worker and in social research, and received his PhD in public health.

Ben specialises in health impact assessment (HIA), applied social research, program evaluation, and capacity building. He has worked with clients from Commonwealth, state and local government agencies as well as private sector clients, universities and non-government organisations. He has supported and conducted more than 35 HIAs and trained more than one thousand people in health impact assessment.


Ben has a PhD from the University of New South Wales on the effectiveness of health impact assessment in health service planning. He also has a Master of Policy and Applied Social Research degree from Macquarie University and a Bachelor of Social Work from the University of New South Wales.


A/Prof Ben Harris-Roxas has has published more than 30 peer-reviewed articles and book chapters and is on the Editorial Board for Environmental Impact Assessment Review and Impact Assessment and Project Appraisal. He is a member of the Croakey Health and Medical Panel, an Australian blog covering public health and health service issues.

He is actively involved in using social media in population health. He established the Health Impact Assessment Blog and co-founded the Healthcare and Social Media Australia and New Zealand group.

A list of A/Prof Ben Harris-Roxas’ publications is available on the resources page.


Professional activities

Ben is a member of the International Foundation for Integrated Care, the International Association for Impact Assessment, the Australian Association for Academic Primary Care, and the Australasian Evaluation Society. He was Chair of the International Union for Health Promotion and Education’s Global Working Group on HIA from 2015-2017, and was Co-Chair of the IAIA Health Section from 2011-2015. Ben has advised the World Health Organization’s Centre for Health Development, South East Asian Regional Office, and the Western Pacific Regional Office on HIA and intersectoral action for health.  Ben is also a member of the Society of Practitioners of HIA.

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