Dr Fiona Hilferty

Dr Fiona Hilferty

Honorary Senior Lecturer

Bachelor of Education (Hons), University of Sydney

Doctor of Philosophy, University of Sydney


Arts,Design & Architecture
Social Policy Research Centre

Dr Fiona Hilferty (BEd Hons, PhD USyd) is a Senior Research Fellow at the Social Policy Research Centre (SPRC), UNSW Sydney. Fiona has expertise in applied social policy research. Her work explores multiple social policy domains including mental health, child protection and homelessness. She has a particular interest in programs that seek to change long term outcomes for disadvantaged people through early intervention, and evaluation methodologies suitable for these distinct program types.

Current and recent projects include:

  • Evaluation and capacity building activities with Targeted Early Intervention providers in NSW, commissioned by the Department for Communities and Justice.
  • Homelessness amongst Australian veterans, commissioned by the Department of Veterans Affairs.
  • Factors influencing intercountry adoption rates in Australia for the Department of Social Services.
  • Evaluation of headspace, the National Youth Mental Health Foundation, commissioned by the Australian Government Department of Health.


+61 2 9385 7836
203 Goodsell Building

My Research Supervision

Fiona is currently supervising Valeriia Kasatkina (with Natasha Cortis) who is exploring collaborative practice within the community services sector.

My Teaching

Convenor of SRAP5019, Changing Social Policy