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The Australian National University

Professor Sharon Bell

PhD University of Sydney
Honorary Professor
ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
T: 0409496472

Research interests

Professor Bell’s current research documents change, and the impact of this change, on women in the tertiary education sector and women in science. She was the lead author on an influential report on Women in Science in Australia (2009) for the Federation of Australian Scientific and Technological Societies and has recently completed an Australian Research Council Linkage Grant (2011-2014) with Professor Lyn Yates from the University of Melbourne on Women in the Scientific Research Workforce: Identifying and Sustaining the Diversity Advantage. She also continues the research on post-colonial Sri Lanka that commenced with her doctoral studies in Anthropology.   

 

Biography

Professor Sharon Bell has recently concluded a five year term as Deputy Vice Chancellor at Charles Darwin University. She is an Honorary Professor at the Australian National University and Emeritus Professor at the University of Wollongong. She is a member of the Science in Australia Gender Equity (SAGE) Expert Advisory Group and Chair Women in Science in Australia Expert Advisory Board.

Professor Bell holds a PhD from the University of Sydney in the discipline of Anthropology. In addition to holding senior executive roles in Australian universities over the past decade she has conducted research on gender equity in the Australian academy and she authored the influential report Women in Science in Australia: Maximising Productivity, Diversity and Innovation (FASTS, 2009). With Professor Lyn Yates from the University of Melbourne she has recently concluded a major project as CI on an Australian Research Council Linkage Grant on Women in the Scientific Research Workforce: Identifying and Sustaining the Diversity Advantage.  

Before taking on senior university leadership roles Sharon was a member of Film Australia's Ethnographic Film Unit (1986-1989) and Head of Fulltime Program then Head of Studies at the Australian Film, Television and Radio School (1990-1993). In 1999 Sharon spent six months in Sri Lanka consulting on the reform of performing arts teacher education for the World Bank. Later that year she was invited to return to Sri Lanka to advise the University Grants Commission on tertiary arts education through a review of the Institute of Aesthetic Studies, Colombo. That work resulted in the Institute being granted independent status as The University of the Visual and Performing Arts in 2005.

 

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