Professor Inger Mewburn

Ph.D (University of Melbourne)
Director of Research Training
T: +61 417 348 083

Areas of expertise

  • Curriculum And Pedagogy 1302
  • Specialist Studies In Education 1303
  • Educational Technology And Computing 130306
  • Natural Language Processing 080107

Research interests

Research Student experience

PhD graduate employability

Social media and blogging


I am a research educator who has been working with PhD students for over a decade. I started my academic career as an architecture lecturer in 2001, following a decade in architecture practice with leading design firms. I took up the position of Director of Research Training at ANU in 2013, after working as a research fellow in the School of Graduate Research at RMIT University since 2006.

 I created the famous Thesis Whisperer blog, which has had 4.3 million hits in the last five years and has 60,000 followers on email and social media. The blog is the most popular source of advice and a leading influencer for research supervisors and students in the world because it is grounded in my scholarly practice in higher education research. I am known in my field as an innovative and creative scholar, publishing in high-impact journals in my field as well as in a range of other media outlets. I actively create research collaborations to further my research agenda.

 I am a passionate educator and have been recognised for my work, both online and in the classroom, with membership as a senior fellow of the Higher Education Academy. I am known internationally for my expertise in research and education, which has resulted in frequent appearances as an expert keynote speaker at conferences, locally and internationally. I comment in the mainstream media, locally and internationally, on research culture and education issues.

I am available to consult with ANU students - please contact

For further information on my professional activities, you can view my Linkedin Profile, contact me by email on or visit my Google Scholar page.


Researcher's projects

(2016 - ) PostAc: using machine learning and natural language processing to assess the demand for researchers in industry. This project includes ongoing product development, more details available here:

(2014 - 2015) Insignia: microcredentials in researcher development.

Current student projects

  • Li'an Chen, Centre for the public awareness of science (CPAS), Primary supervisor
  • Zara Maxwell-Smith, ANU school of the Asia Pacific (Panel member)

Past student projects

Wendy Suiter, ANU School of Music, CASS (primary supervisor)
Nguyen Bui, School of Literature, linguistics and language (primary supervisor)
Jodie-Lee Trembath, School of Culture, history and language (primary supervisor)


Projects and Grants

Grants information is drawn from ARIES. To add or update Projects or Grants information please contact your College Research Office.

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Updated:  02 October 2022 / Responsible Officer:  Director (Research Services Division) / Page Contact:  Researchers