Professor Stephen Buckman 

Professor Stephen BuckmanExecutive Director for Physical Sciences, Engineering, Mathematics and Information Sciences
Phone: +61 2 6287 6600

Professor Stephen Buckman joined the ARC in November 2016 as Executive Director for Physical Sciences, Engineering, Mathematics and Information Sciences. Professor Buckman brings to the ARC a wealth of experience in the physical sciences.

Professor Buckman is a PhD graduate in Atomic Physics from Flinders University (1979). Following postdoctoral positions at the University of Manchester and the University of Colorado, he returned to Australia in 1983 to take up a position in the Research School of Physics and Engineering (RSPE) at the Australian National University (ANU), and was appointed Professor of Physics in 1999. Between 1996 and 2000 Professor Buckman was Head of Department of the Atomic and Molecular Physics Laboratories within the RSPE. Between 2002 and 2006 he was Deputy Director (Academic) in the RSPE and from 2006 to 2012 he was Research Director of the ARC Centre of Excellence for Antimatter-Matter Studies at ANU. In 2012 Professor Buckman was appointed Director of the RSPE and remained in this position until his retirement from the ANU in July 2015. Since his retirement from the ANU Professor Buckman has been appointed to the Board of Directors of the Australian Nuclear Science and Technology organisation (ANSTO).

Professor Buckman is a Fellow of the American Physical Society, a Fellow of the Institute of Physics UK and a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Physics. In 2006, he was awarded one of 40 inaugural Distinguished Alumni Awards by Flinders University to celebrate its 40th Anniversary. In 2008 he was awarded the ANU Vice Chancellor's Award for Distinguished Service to the University, and in 2012 he received the Flinders University Convocation Medal for outstanding achievement of Flinders alumni.  In 2013 he was awarded an AM in the Order of Australia for significant service to science in the field of experimental atomic physics as a leading researcher, academic and author.

Professor Buckman has published more than 220 refereed journal articles and book chapters on atomic collision physics and spectroscopy.


Dr Fiona Cameron

Professor Fiona CameronExecutive Director for Biological Sciences and Biotechnology
Phone: +61 2 6287 6600

Dr Fiona Cameron joined the ARC in July 2012 as Executive Director for Biological Sciences and Biotechnology. Prior to this, Dr Cameron led the Innovation & Consulting Unit at the University of Western Sydney (UWS) as the Associate Director. In this role, she worked closely with the University Executive, academics, active researchers and the University Research Office at UWS to identify opportunities to protect, develop and commercialise Intellectual Property and to build relationships with Industry and Government.

Between 1986 and 2007 Dr Cameron worked at the CSIRO, where she was appointed a Principal Research Scientist of its Division of Molecular Science, and a member of the executive team of the CSIRO National Research Food Futures Flagship. Dr Cameron was also a key developer of the CSIRO Nanotechnology Centre. Active in gene control research, Dr Cameron's work at CSIRO included the development of molecules for better gene delivery into cells and gene therapy.

Being heavily involved in commercially funded medical research, Dr Cameron's most recent publications take the form of a suite of patents.

Dr Cameron originally trained at the University of Sydney and the Australian National University. She was awarded a Doctor of Philosophy in 1990 from Macquarie University, having studied the regulation of gene control using engineered ribonucleic acids.


Professor Therese Jefferson

Assoc Prof Therese JeffersonExecutive Director, Social, Behavioural and Economic Sciences Phone: +61 2 6287 6600

Professor Therese Jefferson joined the ARC in February 2017 as Executive Director for Social, Behavioural and Economic Sciences.

Prior to commencing at the ARC, Professor Jefferson was a Research Fellow at the Curtin University of Technology, within the Curtin Business School. In 2013 she was awarded the Curtin Business School Researcher of the Year. She was also a founding member and Co-Director of the Women in Social & Economic Research (WiSER) unit established in 1999 at Curtin University.

Professor Jefferson’s research expertise lies in the gendered aspects of employment, economic security and labour markets, with special interest in the economic well-being of people in later life and the use of mixed methodologies in economics.

During her career Professor Jefferson has been involved with a wide range of applied economic and social research that has been commissioned by industry and policy organisations, including undertaking research projects for the Workplace Gender Equality Agency, Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission, FairWork Australia, Western Australian Health Department and Resources Industry Training Council.

Professor Jefferson’s research has been published in a range of national and international journals and other forums, including the Cambridge Journal of Economics, Australian Bulletin of Labour, Journal of Economic Psychology, Journal of Socio-Economics, Feminist Economics, Journal of Industrial Relations, Leadership, Journal of Economic Methodology, Economic Record, Review of Political Economy and Higher Education Research and Development. Until 2017 she was a member of the editorial board of Economic and Labour Relations Review. 


Professor Joanne Tompkins

Professor Joanne Tompkins

Executive Director, Humanities and Creative Arts 
Phone: +61 2 6287 6600

Professor Joanne Tompkins joined the ARC in April 2017 as Executive Director for Humanities and Creative Arts.

Prior to commencing at the ARC, Professor Tompkins was Associate Dean (Research) in the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences at The University of Queensland (UQ) and was previously Head of the School of English, Media Studies and Art History at UQ.

Professor Tompkins’ research expertise lies in the humanities and creative arts, particularly in spatial theories and virtual reality; multicultural theories and drama; intercultural performance and feminist performance. Her research has assisted the development of cultural spaces for theatres, galleries and museums through 3D visualisation and modelling of theatre spaces.

In 2015, Professor Tompkins was the recipient of an Honorary Doctorate from Queen Mary, University of London. Professor Tompkins also holds a Doctor of Philosophy in Literature from York University, Toronto, Canada (1992) and a Master of Arts from the University of Waterloo, Canada (1986).

Professor Tompkins has authored numerous books, and journal and book articles on: spatial theory and virtual reality; post-colonial, multicultural, and intercultural drama and theory; Australian drama and literature and Canadian drama. She has also edited and co-edited several journals, including Theatre Journal and Modern Drama.