About us

We are psychologists with 20 years experience in changing people’s behaviour to help the environment.

Our principals are full members of the Australian Psychological Society (APS) and strictly bound by their Code of Conduct.

Community Change is a recipient of an Australian Evaluation Society Excellence in Evaluation Award for our work in behavioural measurement.


Our Principals


Rob of Community Change

Rob Curnow, BBSc, MPsych, Grad Dip Comm Ed, MAPS


Rob is a community psychologist whose environmental research work examines the links between what people say they do and what they actually do. He acts as manager for all our projects and runs our specialist training programs.

Rob is a world leading authority on human behaviour in the waste minimisation field and was previously a senior lecturer in community and organisational psychology at Monash University where he was Head of the School of Arts and Sciences.

Rob is a member of the College of Community Psychologists of the Australian Psychological Society the APS Psychology and the Environment Interest Group, and previously the Australian Evaluation Society.

Karen of Community Change

Karen Spehr, BSc(Hons), MPsych, MAPS


Karen is a psychologist with a focus on developing programs and tools to change behaviour. She develops all our conceptual frameworks and training materials, tailoring them to meet the needs of water, waste and energy programs.

Karen was previously a clinical psychologist in community health, working extensively with individuals, couples, families and groups and was co-founder and director of the Australian Centre for Grief & Bereavement at Monash Medical Centre in Melbourne.

Karen is a member of the Australian Psychological Society Climate Change and Environmental Threats Reference Group and the APS Psychology and the Environment Interest Group.



OUR environmental Commitment

In both our work and personal lives we encourage others to do the right thing environmentally and have implemented a fully integrated commitment to living sustainably in our workplace. 

In 2005 we purchased an electric hybrid (although preferring to use public transport), implemented energy audit recommendations, installed solar hot water and solar electric panels (generating enough to the grid to almost cover annual usage), developed responsible purchasing practices (using recycled paper, reusing printer cartridges, and purchasing certified environmentally-sound products), continued to minimise waste, compost, retrofit water saving devices and capture stormwater for reuse in toilets, and the organic fruit, vegetable and native garden.


Our Clients

State Government Agencies

ACT Territory & Municipal Services (ACT)

City West Water (Vic)

Clearwater Stormwater Capacity Building Program (Vic)

Country Fire Authority (Vic)

Dept of Business & Innovation (Vic)

Dept of Human Services (Vic)

Dept of Sustainability & Environment (Vic)

Environment Protection Authority (Vic)

Lower Yarra Litter Strategy (Vic)

Melbourne Water (Vic)

Parks Victoria

Sustainability Victoria

South East Water (Vic)

Yarra Valley Water (Vic)

Office of Environment & Heritage (NSW)

Local Government Agencies

Bayside City Council (Vic)

Brisbane City Council (Qld))

Calder Regional Waste Management Group (Vic)

City of Ballarat (Vic)

City of Blacktown (NSW)

City of Boroondara (Vic)

City of Greater Shepparton (Vic)

City of Frankston (Vic)

Gold Coast City Council (Qld)

Highlands Region Waste Management Group (Vic)

Hobart City Council (Tas)

City of Greater Geelong (Vic)

City of Kingston (Vic)

Waverley Council (NSW)

City of Ti Tree Gully (SA)

City of Yarra (Vic)

Moreland City Council (Vic)

Association of Bayside Municipalities (Vic)

Barwon Regional Waste Management Group (Vic)

City of Melbourne (Vic)

City of Port Phillip (Vic)

Federal Government
  • Dept of Industry, Innovation, Science & Research
  • Dept of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population & Communities
Non Government Agencies
  • Association for Waste & Resource Education (Vic)
  • Australian Packaging Covenant Council (NSW)
  • Community Food Systems Program (Vic)
  • Monash University CRC for Catchment Hydrology (Vic)
  • Moonee Ponds Creek Litter Initiative (Vic)
  • Packaging Stewardship Forum (NSW)
  • Victorian Litter Action Alliance
  • Waste Management Association of Australia
  • Origin Energy
  • Brisbane Goodwill Games
  • Keep America Beautiful
  • International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives
  • Ministry for the Environment New Zealand
  • United States Congress of Mayors