Gendered Labour Roles and Rewards in Science

This event is jointly sponsored by the ANU Joint Colleges of Science Equity and Diversity Committee, The ANU Gender Institute, and the Australian National Centre for the Public Awareness of Science. 

Despite progress, gender disparities in science persist. Women remain underrepresented in the scientific workforce and under rewarded for their contributions.

This talk will examine multiple layers of gender disparities in science, triangulating data from scientometrics, surveys, and social media to provide a broader perspective on the gendered nature of scientific communication. The extent of gender disparities and the ways in which new media are changing these patterns will be discussed.

The talk will end with a discussion of interventions and innovations that are disrupting the scholarly ecosystem. Associate Professor Sugimoto will be joined by panellists Professor Therese Jefferson, Executive Director for Social, Behavioural and Economic Sciences at the Australian Research Council, Anna-Maria Arabia, CEO of the Australian Academy of Science, and Emeritus Professor Ian Chubb AC, former Chief Scientist for Australia.


Associate Professor Cassidy R. Sugimoto

Cassidy R. Sugimoto is an Associate Professor of Informatics in the School of Information, Computer Science, and Engineering at Indiana University Bloomington. She has written extensively in the domain of scientometrics and scholarly communication, co-authoring more than 100 articles and conference papers and editing several books.

Her most recent book (with coauthor Vincent Lariviere), Measuring Research: What Everyone Needs to Know, provides an introduction to scientometrics for a broad audience. Her research has been funded by the National Science Foundation, the Institute for Museum and Library Services, and the Sloan Foundation.

She is the president of the International Society for Scientometrics and Informetrics and currently serves as the Program Director for the Science of Science and Innovation Policy program of the National Science Foundation.

Professor Therese Jefferson

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. 

Anna-Maria Arabia

Prior to her appointment as Chief Executive of the Australian Academy of Science, Anna-Maria was Principal Adviser to the Hon Bill Shorten.

Anna-Maria brings with her experience as General Manager of Questacon - the National Science and Technology Centre; and CEO of Science & Technology Australia.

Anna-Maria has worked in senior policy roles in both social and economic portfolios. She has worked extensively with parliamentarians, the business and community sectors, and the media.

Anna-Maria was recently a Director of the Board of Spinal Cord Injuries Australia, an organisation committed to creating independence, dignity and unlimited opportunity for people living with spinal cord injury.

She is a passionate advocate for science, social justice and gender equity.

Anna-Maria obtained her Bachelor of Science (Hons) from the University of Melbourne and has undertaken medical research in the field of neuroscience both in Australia and abroad.

Emeritus Professor Ian Chubb AC

Emeritus Professor Ian Chubb AC was Chief Scientist for Australia from May 2011 to January 2016. Prior to that, Professor Chubb was Vice-Chancellor of the Australian National University from January 2001 to March 2011; Vice-Chancellor of Flinders University of South Australia for six years and the Senior Deputy Vice-Chancellor of Monash University for two years.

In 1999 Professor Chubb was made an Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) and in 2006 a Companion (AC) in the order for “service to higher education, including research and development policy in the pursuit of advancing the national interest socially, economically, culturally and environmentally, and to the facilitation of a knowledge-based global economy”.

Professor Chubb was awarded a Centenary Medal in 2001 and was the ACT’s Australian of the Year in 2011. He was Awarded the Academy Medal of the Australian Academy of Science in 2016 and elected Fellow of the Academy in 2017.