Research

Members of the Australian Academies

A focus on research of an international quality and the fostering of an outstanding research culture have positioned UWA as one of the best universities in Australia and in the top 150 in the world.

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Being granted fellowship of a learned academy is a measure of prestige that recognizes expertise and research quality. Fellows are elected by peers and work to advance scholarship and public interest in their respective academic areas.

Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia

2014 Professor Sharon Parker

Professor Sharon K. Parker is an Australian Research Council Future Fellow, and a Professor within the UWA Business School. She is a co-Director of the Accelerated Learning Laboratory at UWA, a recent past Associate Editor of the Journal of Applied Psychology, and a Fellow of the Society for Industrial and Organisational Psychology.

Professor Parker's research includes topics such as job and work design, employee well-being and stress, organisational change, employee proactivity, positive psychology, and job performance.

Professor Parker is the past Director of the Institute of Work Psychology. Her work has supported practice and policy in the USA, UK, and Australia.

  • 2013 Prof Gill Rhodes
  • 2012 Prof David Pannell
  • 2010 Prof Thomas O'Donoghue
  • 2006 Prof Darrell Turkington
  • 2004 E/Prof Izan Izan
  • 2002 Prof David Badcock
  • 2002 Prof Colin MacLeod
  • 2000 E/Prof Laksiri Jayasuriya
  • 1998 Prof Kenneth Clements
  • 1996 Prof Fiona Stanley
  • 1993 E/Prof Norman Etherington
  • 1990 Prof David Andrich
  • 1988 Prof Robert Tonkinson
  • 1976 E/Prof Philip Brown
  • 1967 E/Prof Reg Appleyard

Australian Academy of Science

2015 Professor Jenefer Blackwell

Professor Jenefer Blackwell's major research interest has been in using genetics to understand host susceptibility and resistance to infectious diseases, focusing on neglected tropical diseases.

Her research has involved collaborations in many tropical countries, including India, Brazil and The Sudan. Her research has focused on the interplay between host and parasite genomes, and has included genome-wide approaches both to identifying genetic risk factors in humans, and in identifying potential vaccine candidates by screening hundreds of novel vaccine candidates based on the Leishmania genome sequence.

Following her return to Australia in 2007, she extended her interests into understanding obesity and type 2 diabetes in Aboriginal Australians through the use of genome-wide association studies, and has also been active in promoting the translation of Next Generation sequencing for the diagnosis of rare diseases.

2015 Professor Ian Small

Professor Ian Small, Western Australia's 2014 Scientist of the Year, is interested in understanding plant genes and metabolism. His work towards understanding how plant energy processes are controlled is aimed towards optimising the use of plants in agricultural and environmental applications.

Professor Small followed his PhD in 1988 at Edinburgh University with a career at France's National Agronomy Research Institute (INRA). In 2005, he was awarded a WA State Premier's Research Fellowship, moving to Perth to become Director of the Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence in Plant Energy Biology.

Professor Small's early work contributed significantly to the development, patenting and commercialisation of technology now used globally to grow canola crops. He is perhaps best known for the discovery and characterisation of the pentatricopeptide repeat (PPR) family of proteins that are important for controlling plant fertility in hybrid crop breeding.

  • 2013 Prof Hans Lambers
  • 2013 Prof Stephen Powles
  • 2013 Prof Michael Tobar
  • 2009 Prof Leigh Simmons
  • 2006 Prof Lorenzo Faraone
  • 2004 Prof Richard Hobbs
  • 2004 Prof Malcolm McCulloch
  • 2003 E/Prof David Groves
  • 2002 Prof Fiona Stanley
  • 2000 Prof Adrian Baddeley
  • 2000 Prof Mark Randolph
  • 1999 Prof Barry Marshall
  • 1998 Prof James Williams
  • 1996 Prof Cheryl Praeger
  • 1993 Prof Jorg Imberger
  • 1980 E/Prof John Pate

Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering

2015 Professor David White

Professor White’s research has transformed geotechnical practice in pipeline engineering throughout the offshore sector. He has developed new field and laboratory techniques to measure engineering properties of seabed sediments that are relevant to pipeline design; led joint industry projects that have transformed the geotechnical understanding and design methodology for pipelines throughout the offshore oil and gas sector; and pioneered a revolutionary flume for assessing pipeline and seabed stability during storms.

Professor White gained his PhD from Cambridge. He is a former ARC Future Fellow and was WA Young Scientist of the Year (2011).

  • 2013 Prof Peter Quinn
  • 2012 Prof Robyn Owens
  • 2010 Prof Alison Ord
  • 2009 E/Prof Mark Bush
  • 2009 Prof Lyn Beazley
  • 2008 Prof Mark Cassidy
  • 2008 Prof Michael Tobar
  • 2006 Prof Bruce Hobbs
  • 2005 Prof Kadambot Siddique
  • 2004 Prof Lorenzo Faraone
  • 2004 Prof Dongke Zhang
  • 2001 Prof Ian Constable
  • 1998 Prof Stephen Powles
  • 1993 Prof Mark Randolph
  • 1992 Prof Antonio Cantoni
  • 1992 Prof Neil Turner
  • 1985 Prof Jorg Imberger

Australian Academy of the Humanities

2014 Professor Jane Lydon

Professor Jane Lydon is the Wesfarmers Chair of Australian History at The University of Western Australia. Her research interests are Australian history and heritage, Aboriginal history, history and photography. Her research centres upon Australia's colonial past and its legacies in the present.

Her books include Eye Contact: Photographing Indigenous Australians (Duke, 2005) and Fantastic Dreaming: The archaeology of an Aboriginal mission (AltaMira, 2009), which won the Australian Archaeological Association's John Mulvaney Book Award in 2010. Her most recent book The Flash of Recognition: Photography and the emergence of Indigenous rights (NewSouth, 2012) won the 2013 Queensland Literary Awards' History Book Award.

She currently leads the Australian Research Council-funded project Globalization, Photography, and Race: the Circulation and Return of Aboriginal Photographs in Europe (DP110100278). Four major European museums are project partners: the University of Oxford's Pitt Rivers Museum, the Cambridge University Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, the Musée de Quai Branly in Paris and the Museum Volkenkunde in Leiden.

  • 2013 Prof Yasmin Haskell
  • 2012 Prof Philip Mead
  • 2012 Professor Susan Broomhall
  • 2012 Prof Terri-ann White
  • 2008 E/Prof Gareth Griffiths
  • 2007 A/Prof John Kinder
  • 2007 Prof Krishna Sen
  • 2005 Prof Peter Veth
  • 2000 Prof Stewart Candlish
  • 1996 Prof Lorenzo Polizzotto
  • 1995 Prof David Kennedy
  • 1994 E/Prof John Melville-Jones
  • 1991 Prof Robert White
  • 1980 E/Prof John Scott
  • 1979 E/Prof David Tunley

Australian Academy of Health and Medical Sciences

2017 Professor Carol Bower

Professor Carol Bower

Carol has qualifications in medicine, epidemiology and public health. Her research has a strong focus on investigating causes and effects of birth defects, on translating research findings into public health policy and practice and on evaluating the effectiveness of that translation.

Leading examples are the prevention of neural tube defects (promoting periconceptional folic acid supplement use and mandatory fortification of flour with folic acid) and research on prevention, diagnosis and management of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD).

Other research using data linkage includes outcomes of assisted reproductive technologies, medication use in pregnancy, birth defects in association with intellectual disability and cerebral palsy, and risk factors for and outcomes of several birth defects (eg trachea-oesophageal fistula, orofacial clefts, congenital heart defects).

2017 Professor Karen Simmer

Professor Karen Simmer

Karen Simmer is Professor of Newborn Medicine and Chair of the Academic Board at the University of Western Australia. She is Director of the Neonatal Intensive Care Units at King Edward Hospital for Women and Princess Margaret Hospital for Children in Perth.

She is Director of the Human Milk Bank in Western Australia which was recently awarded the Premier’s prize for outstanding contribution to the community of Western Australia. She has paediatric specialist qualifications from the Australasian and British Colleges and was awarded a PhD in perinatal nutrition from London University.

Professor Simmer is the Co-Lead of the WA Women’s and Newborns’ Network. She is Chair of the Nutrition Reference Group for the Royal Australasian College of Physicians. Her current research interests are in neonatal nutrition and infection.

2017 Professor Stephen Zubrick

Professor Stephen Zubrick

Stephen Zubrick currently holds a Professorial appointment in the Graduate School of Education at the University of Western Australia and is a Senior Principal Research Fellow at the Telethon Kids Institute.

He is also Chairman of the Consortium Advisory Group for the Longitudinal Study of Australian Children and a Member of the Steering Committee for the Longitudinal Study of Indigenous Children. In 2014, he was one of nine Chief Investigators who lead and won the funding to create an Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for Children and Families Over the Lifecourse (The Life Course Centre) and is its Deputy Director.

In 2010 he received the Citizen of the Year Award for lifetime contributions to the children and young people of Western Australia.

  • 2016 Graeme Hankey
  • 2016 Christobel Saunders
  • 2015 Jonathan Carapetis
  • 2015 Donna Cross
  • 2015 Wendy Erber
  • 2015 Peter Klinken
  • 2015 Nigel Laing
  • 2015 Peter Leedman
  • 2015 David Mackey
  • 2015 Barry Marshall
  • 2015 Susan Prescott
  • 2015 Stephen Stick
  • 2015 Fiona Stanley
  • 2015 Steve Webb
  • 2015 Fiona Wood

Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies (AIATSIS)

2005 Professor Alan Dench

Professor Alan Dench

Professor Alan Dench was educated at the University of Western Australia and at the Australian National University. His main research interest is the grammatical description and historical reconstruction and comparison of Australian Aboriginal languages, especially those of Western Australia. He has published grammars of three languages of the Pilbara - Panyjima, Martuthunira and Yingkarta - and is writing a description of Nyamal. He has also collected materials in Kurrama and Yinhawangka, and has worked on aspects of Noongar.

He has at different times served as the Head of Linguistics, Head of the School of Humanities, and Executive Dean of the Faculty of Arts at UWA. He is currently Dean of Graduate Research and Postdoctoral Training at UWA. He is a member of the Executive of the Council of Deans and Directors of Graduate Studies, Australia (DDoGS) and chairs the Go8 Deans of Graduate Studies.

  • 2001 Aspro Violet Bacon
  • 1998 Prof Jane Balme
  • 1998 Aspro Richard Davis
  • 1998 Prof Sandy Toussaint
  • 1992 Prof Jill Milroy
  • 1992 Prof Peter Veth
  • 1990 Dr John Henderson
  • 1978 E/Prof Sandra Bowdler
  • 1965 Prof Robert Tonkinson