Dianne Hawk

Health Narratives

Dianne Hawk

Edith Cowan University


Dianne is a lecturer and researcher in the School of Exercise and Health Sciences at Edith Cowan University (ECU). She has recently returned to her roots in academia after over 20 years of strategic management consulting in the public and private sectors. Both this professional practice and her interdisciplinary doctoral work (PhD 1999, Energy and Resources Group, University of California at Berkeley, USA) focused on developing public policy and organisational strategies for publically-regulated organisations undergoing regulatory reform or restructuring. This subject matter combined with the professional skills of strategic visioning, stakeholder relations and project management prepared her for a new focus on the Public Health and Health Services sectors. Returning to academia at ECU in 2011, Dianne has merged her previous academic and professional experience to develop a research new niche. Her current research relates to the prevalence and impact of consumer participation in health-related decision making at both a personal and policy level.


Tertiary Curriculum Design and Delivery:
Dianne currently teaches undergraduate units in health research methodology and health research project. At the post-graduate level, she teaches in the leadership and advocacy as well as the strategic decision-making areas within the Master of Public Health.

Dianne’s expertise in participatory decision making in health-related decisions has enabled her to make valuable contributions to research and in translation of research to community practice. For example, she is engaged in a current study (in collaboration with the Telethon Kids Institute in Perth, Western Australia) that qualitatively examines the perceptions of young people regarding the positive outcomes and dangers of electronic image-sharing. She is exploring the use of narrative analysis in interpreting young people’s communication of their cyber- bullying and cyber-aggression experiences. Also, she will document the process and outcomes of utilising Design Thinking techniques to elicit young people’s participation in developing solutions to dangers of image sharing or innovative positive uses of image sharing. She is now in the proposal stages of another project to introduce Design Thinking in a health services redesign initiative within the Western Australian health services. Community engagement aimed at practical outcomes from research include, for example, co-development of a leadership training program for the Noongar Aboriginal community in Western Australia’s Southwest. This training was aimed at developing the skills of community members to actively ‘lead’ their own lives in order to improve community health and well-being. The effective scoping and completion of such projects, have been supported by Dianne’s vast project management experience and report writing skills.


participatory decision making, health communication, young people and bullying, Design Thinking, consumer participation, and qualitative methods

Key publications

Hawk, D. (2002). Water supply reliability in California: Charting the territory. Report to CalFed Science Program, U.S. Geological Survey. USGS Contract # 01WRCN0031.

Hawk, D. (2000). Disconnect: A transaction cost analysis of California electric power industry restructuring (Doctoral dissertation). University of California, Berkeley.

Barkovich, B. & Hawk, D. (1996). Charting a new course in California: Electric power industry restructuring. IEEE Spectrum (33)7.

Hawk, D. (1991). Power pooling and transmission service: The California investor-owned electric utilities. Report to the California Public Utilities Commission, Division of Ratepayer Advocates. CPUC Contract #PS1019.

Shipper, L, & Hawk, D. (1991). More efficient household electricity use: An international perspective. Energy Policy, (19), 244-265.

Schipper, L., Bartlett, S., D. Hawk, & Vine, E. (1989). Linking life-styles and energy use: A matter of time? Annual Review of Energy*, (14), 273-320. * until 1990, subsequently Annual Review of Energy and the Environment (1991 – 2002 ) and Annual Review of Environment and Resources (1976 – present )