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Research Industry celebrates at Research Awards Night

Oh what a night!!! The Research Society celebrated the Australian research; insights, CX, UX & data analytics industry last Thursday 6 May with two simultaneous events held in Melbourne and Sydney.

With a live stream between the two events, the industry was entertained by the fabulous Kieran Flanagan, who hosted the awards ceremony from Melbourne, and Research Society President, Tiina Raikko presenting awards from Sydney.

Winners of the Research Awards 2020-21, New Research Society Fellows and Conference Award winners were all announced on the night.

Check out all the pics from The Research Society Research Awards 2020-21 Awards Night here:

View the Research Awards 2020-21 winners here.
View the Research Society New Fellowships awarded here.
View the Research Society’s Human Insights Conference award winners here.

Young Researcher of the Year Award

WINNER: Marissa Tsioutsis, Potentiate

Highly Commended

  • Lucy Belling, Newgate Research
  • Jane Burton, SA Water
  • Ruby Christoph, T Garage
  • Amelia Norton, Nature


  • Madeline Baker, Potentiate
  • Lucy Belling, Newgate Research
  • Jane Burton, SA Water
  • Ruby Christoph, T Garage
  • Todd Cope, Nature
  • James Holman, Fiftyfive5
  • Amelia Norton, Nature
  • Marissa Tsioutsis, Potentiate

Research Effectiveness Awards

Category: Consumer Insights

WINNER: ‘Need To Know Research’ (AFFINITY)

  • Client: Tourism Central Coast
  • Submission Name: Big Insight of Little Adventures Built a Billion Dollar Tourism Brand
  • Entrants: Laurette Douglas, Luke Brown

Highly Commended

  • Company: Fiftyfive5
  • Client: University of Otago
  • Submission Name: To get there, start here
  • Entrants: Stephanie Karayannis, Richard Hall, Darren Kemp & Shelley Winsor


  • ‘Need To Know Research’ (AFFINITY)
  • Fiftyfive5
  • Fiftyfive5
  • JWS Research

Category: Public Policy / Social Impact


  • Client: Aruma & Scope Australia
  • Submission Name: “Nothing about us without us” – reimagining research approaches for people with disability by putting them at the centre of research design
  • Entrants: Paulina Hryniewiecka & Tamara Reinisch

Highly Commended

  • Company: Whereto
  • Client: Beyond Blue
  • Submission Name: Re-thinking mental health
    – from something others have, to something we all need to nurture
  • Entrants: Charles Coulton, Catherine Boekel,  Chris Schildt & Andrew Thorp


  • Fiftyfive5
  • ORIMA Research
  • Potentiate
  • Whereto

Category: Technology & Innovation

WINNER: Nature Pty Ltd

  • Client: Don KRC
  • Submission Name: Using Virtual Reality to enhance and radically evolve Choice Modelling, in order to guide our client with a critical commercial decision
  • Entrants: Paddy Cain, Chris Crook & Peter Stuchbery

Highly Commended

  • Company: Newgate Australia
  • Client: Cotton Australia
  • Submission Name: Mapping networks of influence to form a strategic roadmap out of a national crisis
  • Entrants: Benjamin Wegener


  • ‘Need To Know Research’ AFFINITY
  • Nature Pty Ltd
  • Newgate Australia
  • Potentiate

Research Organisation of the Year Award

WINNER: Fiftyfive5


  • Fiftyfive5
  • Lewers Research
  • Nature
  • Potentiate
  • The Lab Insight and Strategy


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The Research Society is the peak body for research, insights and analytics professionals in Australia. It has a diverse membership of individuals at all levels of experience and seniority within agencies, consultancies, client-side organisations, the non-profit and government sectors, support services as well as institutions and the academic community. As well as over 2,000 individual members, the Research Society has 125+ company and client partners, with the number continuing to grow. The Research Society research professionals and company partners commit to and are regulated by the Research Society Code of Professional Behaviour.