Mariana Atkins

Dr, PhD

  • The University of Western Australia (M098), 35 Stirling Highway,

    6009 Perth


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Personal profile


Dr. Mariana Atkins is a Senior Research Fellow at the Centre for Social Impact UWA since 2018. She is a human geographer and planner who has been involved in conducting evaluations and research projects across various sectors including ageing and aged care, homelessness, unemployment and disability. Mariana has experience in program and evaluation design and the development of quantitative and qualitative research methods, and teaches in the Outcomes Measurement courses.

Mariana is an Associate Investigator for UNSW’s Ageing Futures Institute and has extensive research and planning experience in developed and developing countries.  She has a PhD. in Geography and Planning from the University of Western Australia, an MSc. (Distinction) in Social Policy and Planning from the London School of Economics and a BA(Hons) in Geography from University College London. Mariana is a Fellow of the Royal Geographic Society. 

Research interests

Ageing, Age-friendly design, Healthy Active Ageing, Aged Care




Refugee and migrant communities

Transport planning

Urban design


Community engagement

Board member: PerthALIVE

Board member: ADFAS Perth

Mentor: CANWA Dream, Plan, Do




Conversant in French

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 1 - No Poverty
  • SDG 2 - Zero Hunger
  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions
  • SDG 17 - Partnerships for the Goals

Education/Academic qualification

Geography and Planning, PhD, The geography of ageing in the city: an analysis of population dynamics and policy responses in Perth, Western Australia, The University of Western Australia

Award Date: 25 Oct 2017

Social Policy and Planning, MSc. with Distinction, Social Policy and Planning in Developing Countries, The London School of Economics and Political Science

Award Date: 30 Sept 1989

Geography, BA (Hons), Human Geography, University College London

Industry keywords

  • Ageing
  • Built Environment
  • Social and Welfare Issues
  • Not for Profit
  • Creative Arts
  • Children and Young People

Research expertise keywords

  • Ageing
  • Built environment
  • Homelessness
  • Youth unemployment
  • Evaluation


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