Vanessa is a Research Fellow in the Centre for Construction Work Health and Safety Research School of Property, Construction & Project Management, College of Design & Social Context at RMIT.
Vanessa is currently working on an Energy Pipelines Cooperative Research Centre (EPCRC) research project regarding accidental high-pressure gas pipeline interference by non-pipeline industry organizations. The objective is to enhance understanding of activities occurring near pipeline assets in order to enhance communication with various land and infrastructure stakeholders and reduce the potential for accidents.
Vanessa also researches regulatory approaches to controlling deviant behavior and whether community and stakeholder groups perceive these as legitimate. She is interested in risk perception and the way that ideas around risk and responsibility inform regulatory responses.
Vanessa is currently involved in a project funded by the World Anti-Doping Agency to explore perceptions of the legitimacy of anti-doping work held by stakeholders in the Pacific region. That project aims to identify whether there are any differences in perceptions of legitimacy of anti-doping regulation based on the role a person plays in sport and/or their cultural circumstances.
Research and supervision of HDR students in organisational safety. Supervision of HDR students in sociology, with particular interests in moral panic theory as well as anti-doping regulation in elite sport.
- PhD (Sociology), The Australian National University, 2012
- First Class Honours, The Australian National University, 2005
- BA (Development Studies), The Australian National University, 2004
- McDermott, V. (2016). The war on drugs in sport: moral panics and organisational legitimacy, Routledge, New York, United States
- Lingard, H.,Pink, S.,Hayes, J.,McDermott, V.,Harley, J. (2016). Using participatory video to understand subcontracted construction workers' safety rule violations In: Proceedings of the 32nd Annual ARCOM Conference (ARCOM 2016), Manchester, United Kingdom, 5-7 September 2016
- McDermott, V.,Hayes, J. (2016). 'We're still hitting things': The effectiveness of third party processes for pipeline strike prevention In: Proceedings of the 11th International Pipeline Conference (IPC 2016), Calgary, Alberta, Canada, 26-30 September 2016
- McDermott, V.,Hayes, J. (2016). (In Press) Risk shifting and disorganization in multi-tier contracting chains: The implications for public safety In: Safety Science, , 1 - 10
- Hayes, J.,McDermott, V.,Lingard, H. (2015). What is risk? Construction activity near hazardous infrastructure In: Proceedings 31st Annual ARCOM Conference, Lincoln, United Kingdom, 7-9 September 2015
- McDermott, V. (2014). Legitimacy and consensus in moral panic theory ? In: Proceedings of the 2014 TASA Conference, Adelaide, Australia, 24-27 November 2014
- Connor, J.,McDermott, V. (2013). Service teaching and the sociological critique: Lessons from a military academy In: Journal of Sociology, 49, 501 - 514
- Henne, K.,Koh, B.,McDermott, V. (2013). Coherence of drug policy in sports: Illicit inclusions and illegal inconsistencies In: Performance Enhancement and Health, 2, 48 - 55
- McDermott, V.,Henne, K.,Connor, J. (2013). Legitimating the fight? Questions about cross-cultural perspectives on anti-doping strategies in the Pacific In: Proceedings of 2013 TASA Conference: Reflections, Intersections and Aspirations 50 years of Australian Sociology, Caulfield, Australia, 25-28 November 2013
- McDermott, V. (2012). Legitimating the fight against drugs in sport: The Australian government and the Australian football league In: Proceedings of the Australian Sociological Association Annual Conference (TASA 2012), Brisbane, Australia, 26-29 November 2012
- Evidence-based recommendations for policy change to support public safety and community welfare. Funded by: Energy Pipelines CRC from (2017 to 2019)