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MEDIA RELEASE  

29 November 2016

ARC welcomes Associate Professor Therese Jefferson and thanks Professor Marian Simms

Acting Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Australian Research Council (ARC), Ms Leanne Harvey, has announced that Associate Professor Therese Jefferson, from Curtin University of Technology, will soon commence in the role of ARC Executive Director (ED) for Social, Behavioural and Economic Sciences (SBE).

Associate Professor Jefferson will replace outgoing SBE ED, Professor Marian Simms, who will complete her appointment at the ARC in December, moving to an honorary chair at Deakin University’s Waurn Ponds Campus and continuing her adjunct professorship at the University of Canberra.

Ms Harvey has welcomed Associate Professor Jefferson, who will leave her position as a Research Fellow within the Curtin Business School to fulfill the ARC ED role. Associate Professor Jefferson will join the ARC in February 2017.

“Associate Professor Jefferson will bring a wealth of expertise in the social, behavioral and economic sciences to the ARC,” said Ms Harvey.

“Associate 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.”

Ms Harvey has also thanked Professor Simms for her contribution to Australian research during her time as an ARC ED. Professor Simms commenced at the ARC in August 2011, coming from Deakin University as the former Head of the School of History, Heritage and Society, with previous senior appointments at Otago University (New Zealand) and The Australian National University.

“On behalf of the ARC, I thank Professor Simms for her valuable contribution to the ARC over the past five and a half years,” said Ms Harvey.

“Professor Simms has contributed significantly to Australian research during her time at the ARC, including undertaking extensive outreach with the sector to promote and improve ARC’s research workforce policies to support early-career researchers, women researchers, researchers who have had career breaks and Indigenous researchers. Professor Simms has also contributed to national research ethics reviews.”

ARC EDs are academics drawn from the higher education and research sectors. They are respected researchers in their fields, with extensive Australian and international research networks, who provide valuable expert advice and guidance across the ARC’s core functions and specific discipline areas.

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