Maria Platt


About Maria

Maria revels in exploring issues from multiple perspectives including lived experiences and stakeholder perspectives.  Her extensive experience in conducting research with marginalised communities in Australia and Southeast Asia complement her empathic and sensitive approach and her ability to apply a practical and solutions-oriented approaches to her work. Maria’s social science and public health background also provides her with the ability to see things holistically and blend both the macro and micro perspectives.

Maria has a strong commitment to social justice and has worked across a range of projects including gender and social inclusion, disability and employment, public health and international development. She saw becoming a Cubie as a great way to bring together her breadth of experience in research and evaluation as an opportunity to make a positive impact on the world.

Being a country girl at heart, Maria loves being in nature and enjoys hiking and is in the process of reigniting some of her outdoor hobbies, including rock climbing. She likes to sew and is an avid op-shopper and enjoys giving life to pre-loved goods. Maria also enjoys escaping to other worlds, whether through a book or via travel (when we can).

Experience  |  Highlights

Maria's recent work includes:
  • Developed program logic and monitoring and evaluation framework aiming to increase disability confidence of small businesses

  • Implemented key strategic initiatives to expand international and industry partnerships in the tertiary education sector

  • Co-authored article on international students experiences of digital inclusion in the Australian university setting

Education | Accreditation | Boards

  • PhD (Anthropology)
  • Bachelor of Applied Science (Hons) (Public Health) 

  • Diploma Project Management