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 politcal scientist with a focus on agriculture at the Queensland Alliance for Agriculture and Food Innovation, The University of Queensland. Her research seeks to answer the broad question, How can we use stakeholder engagement to design better solutions to societal problems? Dr Fernandes is trained in Environmental Science & Policy, and her applied research in political sociology investigates how environmental factors influence human cooperation and social change. She is a strong advocate of collaboration and is fascinated with complexity. She works closely with animal scientists, business experts, political scientists, communication scientists, economists, and ethicists to understand various political and ethical dilemmas facing society today. She applies her skills to achieve social impact through the UQ initiative, The Animal Welfare Collaborative.

Research Interests

  • Animal welfare
  • Collaboration science
  • Systems thinking
  • Wicked problems
  • Design thinking
  • Adoption of best practices

Research Impacts

Dr Fernandes passionately seeks to improve the welfare of animals through ongoing collaboration among academics, government departments, community groups, and industries.


  • Doctor of Philosophy, University of Miami


  • Kho, Elise A., Fernandes, Jill N., Kotze, Andrew C., Fox, Glen P., Lord, Maggy, Beasley, Anne M., Moore, Stephen S. and James, Peter J. (2020). Visible-near infrared spectroscopy for detection of blood in sheep faeces. Journal of Near Infrared Spectroscopy, 096703352092751. doi: 10.1177/0967033520927519

  • Fernandes, Jill, Blache, Dominique, Maloney, Shane K., Martin, Graeme B., Venus, Bronwyn, Walker, Frederick Rohan, Head, Brian and Tilbrook, Alan (2019). Addressing animal welfare through collaborative stakeholder networks. Agriculture, 9 (6) 132, 132. doi: 10.3390/agriculture9060132

  • 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

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  • Doctor Philosophy

  • Doctor Philosophy

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Featured Publications

Journal Article

Conference Publication

  • Kho, Elise, Fernandes, Jill, Kotze, Andrew, Lord, Maggy, Fox, Glen, Beasley, Anne, Moore, Stephen and James, Peter (2020). Shining a light on Haemonchus contortus in sheep. 3rd International Tropical Agriculture Conference (TROPAG 2019) , Brisbane, Australia, 11–13 November 2019. Basel, Switzerland: MDPI . doi: 10.3390/proceedings2019036138

  • Wu, Chen, Fernandes, Jill, Devine, Greg and Hugo, Leon (2018). Characterization of Wolbachia infections from native Australian mosquito vectors. 67th Annual Meeting of the American-Society-of-Tropical-Medicine-and-Hygiene (ASTHM), New Orleans, Los Angeles, 28 October - 1 November 2018 . Deerfield, IL, United States: American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene.

Grants (Administered at UQ)

PhD and MPhil Supervision

Current Supervision

  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

    Other advisors:

  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor