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Dr Daniel Ooi

BPsych(Hons) (Syd), MA (Syd), PhD (Melb)

Honorary Fellow, College of Health & Biomedicine

Daniel Ooi is an Honorary Fellow in the College of Health & Biomedicine at Victoria University, and works closely with the Institute for Sustainability and Innovation (ISI). His work focuses on the social and behavioural dimensions of water users and water policy, and draws on a multi-disciplinary mix of sociology, psychology, and anthropology.

His main areas of research are the cultural cognition of perceived environmental risks; the relationship between environmental beliefs and environmentally-friendly behaviours, and the social and cultural construction of values related to water. He is also interested in social inclusion and participatory democracy in urban planning (especially in relation to water and energy) in both Australia and developing countries.

Daniel has recently worked on national projects funded by the Australian Water Recycling Centre of Excellence, the National Centre of Excellence in Desalination Australia, the Australian Antarctic Division, and the Office for Living Victoria.

Recent selected publications

Ooi, D., Fisher, A., Cerini, S. & Cary, J. (2014), Community understanding of risk and safety in relation to recycled water. Australian Water Recycling Centre of Excellence, Brisbane, QLD. ISBN-13 978-1-922202-20-8.

Ooi, D., Fisher, A. & Cary, J. (2014), The influence of water scarcity on public willingness to consider water reuse. Australian Water Recycling Centre of Excellence, Brisbane, QLD. ISBN 978-1-922202-23-9.

Jones, R.N. & Ooi, D. (2014), Living Brooklyn: Baseline report on the economics of the urban water cycle in the Brooklyn Industrial Precinct. Victoria Institute for Strategic Economic Studies.

Ooi, D. (2013), Guerrilla auditors: The politics of transparency in neoliberal Paraguay. The Australian Journal of Anthropology 24(3). Special Issue: Anthropological Theologies: Engagements and Encounters. ISBN 978-0-8223-5036. DOI: 2010.1111/taja.12058.

King, T.J., Ooi, D., Cary, J., Fisher, A.T., Schibeci, R., Murphy, K., O'Toole, K., Mearns, M., & Donaldson, J.A. (2012), Public perceptions of, and responses to, desalination in Australia: A report on findings. Alfred Deakin Research Institute, Geelong. ISBN 978-1-92174-5386.

Conference presentations

Ooi, D. (2015), Public engagement for successful implementation of reclaimed water. Building Urban Water Resilience: An International Water Reuse and Desalination Symposium. Brisbane, November 2015.

Ooi, D. & Fisher, A. (2013), Public engagement for successful implementation of reclaimed water. OzWater '13: Australia's International Water Conference, Perth.

Ooi, D., Fisher, A., Cary, J., King, T.J. & Murphy, K. (2013), Modelling geographical variation in the public attitudes to desalination in Australia. 2nd International Water Research Conference, Journal of Water Research and the International Water Association, Singapore.

Ooi, D., Fisher, A. & Cary, J. (2012), The impact of cultural background on residential complaints about drinking water quality. Tapping the Turn: Water's Social Dimensions, Australian National University, Canberra.

Ooi, D., Fisher A., Cary, J., King, T.J., Murphy, K. & Schibeci, R. (2012), Public perceptions of, and responses to, desalination in Australia. Alfred Deakin Research Institute Symposium. Deakin University Prime campus, Melbourne.

Portfolios

Areas of expertise

  • Anthropology of development
  • Sociology and social studies of science and technology
  • Urban and regional planning

Contact details

+61 3 9919 2200