Matthew Bowie

Matthew Bowie

Higher Degree by Research Candidate


School of Biological Sciences

Faculty of Sciences, Engineering and Technology

My research focuses on designing effective consumer behaviour change interventions to support sustainable coffee production. Coffee is produced in some of the most biodiverse regions of the world. With demand for coffee increasing, more pressure is placed on the people and landscapes directly involved in coffee production. Coffee is grown in a variety of ways along a spectrum of intensities, from diverse agroecosystems supporting considerable biodiversity at one end, to monoculture systems supporting little biodiversity at the other. When produced under the right conditions, coffee can benefit both biodiversity and people. Behaviour change interventions that promote biodiversity-friendly purchasing behaviours can shift consumer demands but require substantial market research to ensure their effectiveness. Outside of my PhD, I work with a start-up company that is helping to eliminate single-use plastic by building networks of reusable takeaway containers with cafes and communities.

  • Appointments

    Date Position Institution name
    2021 - ongoing Research Assistant (casual) Zoos Victoria
    2021 - 2021 APR intern Zoos Victoria
    2017 - 2020 Research Assistant University of Adelaide, Adelaide
    2017 - 2018 Course Developer: Small Group Discovery Experience University of Adelaide, Adelaide
    2017 - 2018 Learning Facilitator Torrens University Australia, Adelaide
    2016 - 2017 Course Developer: Students as Partners University of Adelaide, Adelaide
    2015 - 2021 Demonstrator University of Adelaide, Adelaide
  • Language Competencies

    Language Competency
    Italian Can read, speak and understand spoken
  • Education

    Date Institution name Country Title
    2017 University of Adelaide, Adelaide Australia PhD
    2015 - 2015 University of Adelaide, Adelaide Australia Honours in Environmental Science (1st class)
    2012 - 2014 University of Adelaide, Adelaide Australia B.Sc. (Advanced)
  • Certifications

    Date Title Institution name Country
    2017 Remote Pilot Licene (RePL) Australian Government Civil Aviation Safety Authority Australia
    2017 Aeronautical Radio Operator Certificate Australian Government Civil Aviation Safety Authority Australia
  • Research Interests

  • Position: PhD
  • Phone: 83132796
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  • Campus: North Terrace
  • Building: Oliphant, floor 3
  • Org Unit: Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

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