Professor Therese Jefferson

Executive 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. 

Dr Robert Mun

Executive Director, Engineering and Information Sciences

Phone: +61 2 6287 6600

Dr Robert Mun joined the ARC in May 2018 as Executive Director for Engineering and Information Sciences.

Dr Mun has a strong technical background as a researcher, and has had an extensive career in the Australian Government. Prior to joining the ARC, Dr Mun was Branch Head at the Defence Science and Technology Group with the Australian Department of Defence, and previously was Scientific Advisor to Navy and to the Defence Material Organisation, and Senior Scientist leading systems engineering research, also with the Department of Defence. With research expertise commencing in the area of fluid mechanics, through his subsequent Australian Government roles, his experience has extended to complex systems integration, focusing on the integration and networking of multiple Defence systems. His research team’s specialty was including the human element within the engineering solution.

Throughout his career, Dr Mun has been involved in working with a wide range of national and international research specialists, incorporating multiple technologies into emerging solutions. This work has included managing Defence capability demonstrator grant programs.

Dr Mun has authored numerous Australian Government reports, and has contributed to a wide range of policy and capability outcomes. Prior to joining the Australian Government, he published numerous journal and book articles on fluid mechanics.

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.