Dr Jill Fernandes

Research Fellow

Centre for Animal Science
Queensland Alliance for Agriculture and Food Innovation
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Dr Jill Fernandes is a public policy scientist in the Centre for Animal Science at the Queensland Alliance for Agriculture and Food Innovation. She joined the University of Queensland in 2017 after concluding her Fulbright Scholarship research in Germany and her doctoral research at the University of Miami on public health policies for mosquito-borne disease control. Trained as a microbiologist and political scientist, Jill undertakes research in the field of public policy and governance, with a particular interest in public health and agriculture. Her major interests are research adoption, evidence-based policy, market-based incentives, industry self-regulation, industry-government-academia collaboration, and stakeholder consultation.

Her recent research has focused on animal welfare policy, the impacts of the industry practices and corporate social responsibility initiatives on livestock welfare, and the links between international trade and animal welfare regulation.

Research Interests

  • Public policy
  • Animal welfare
  • Human-centered design (HCD)
  • The science of team science (SciTS)
  • Evidence-based policy
  • Research adoption
  • Collaboration and consultation

Research Impacts

Dr Fernandes passionately promotes collaboration among researchers, policy-makers and industry stakeholders to shape the direction of science and policy to answer the needs of society. She is a strong advocate of Open Science and strives to improve team science among academia, government, and industry. Dr Fernandes is also committed to building scientific capacity in developing countries.


  • Doctor of Philosophy, University of Miami


  • Fernandes, Jill N., Dos Santos, Lílha M. B., Chouin-Carneiro, Thaís, Pavan, Márcio G., Garcia, Gabriela A., David, Mariana R., Beier, John C., Dowell, Floyd E., Maciel-de-Freitas, Rafael and Sikulu-Lord, Maggy T. (2018) Rapid, noninvasive detection of Zika virus in mosquitoes by near-infrared spectroscopy. Science Advances, 4 5: eaat0496. doi:10.1126/sciadv.aat0496

  • Fernandes, Jill N., Moise, Imelda K, Maranto, Gina L and Beier, John C (2018) Revamping mosquito-borne disease control to tackle future threats. Trends in Parasitology, 34 5: 359-368. doi:10.1016/j.pt.2018.01.005

  • Ulrich, Jill N., Naranjo, Diana P., Alimi, Temitope O., Müller, Guenter C. and Beier, John C. (2013) How much vector control is needed to achieve malaria elimination?. Trends in Parasitology, 29 3: 104-109. doi:10.1016/j.pt.2013.01.002

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