Catherine Niven
Research Fellow – Product Safety Research Program

Catherine is an early career injury prevention researcher at AusHSI working in the Product Safety Research Program. She has an honours degree in law and international business and recently completed her doctoral study on public health approaches to consumer product safety in children, which was awarded a 2020 QUT Outstanding Doctoral Thesis Award.

Catherine is an active member of the multi-agency Consumer Product Injury Research Advisory Group which identifies injury issues and prevention strategies associated with unsafe consumer products in Australia. She previously worked with the Queensland Government for over a decade in principal policy and legal roles gaining a broad range of experience from managing significant policy and legislative projects, navigating Cabinet and Parliamentary processes to coordinating legal services.

Catherine is currently working on an ARC-funded child product safety research project, which draws on her strong coordination, analytical and writing skills to draft publications, submissions and grant applications to finalise the outcomes of this project. She has a wealth of knowledge in international product safety regulation, injury surveillance methodologies and policy translation. Her research interests lie in improved identification of product safety risks to inform product safety design, standards, and regulatory responses.

Dr Catherine Niven

Australian Research Council Discovery Project (DP170103136) – Evaluating the congruence of consumer product safety regulator responses and incident data to improve the safety of Australian children