Updated advice

Executive Directors and the Chief Research Officer from Australian Research Council (ARC) are virtually visiting UNE on 5 April, Wednesday 2023. In addition to participating in focused meetings earlier in the day, they will deliver online seminars that will be of particular interest to UNE academic and research community.

These seminars will run online according to the following schedule.

11:00 – 12:00                Discovery Projects and Discovery Indigenous

12:30 – 13:30                DECRA, Future Fellowships and Industry Fellowships

13:45 – 14:45                Linkage and LIEF Projects


UNE staff interested in attending these seminars will need to register via email to Georgia Sharp atdires@une.edu.au, which has been extended to, close of business 29 March 2023, Wednesday 31 March, Friday 2023. Online links for the sessions will be made available to registered participants.

ARC Executive Directors

ARC Chief Research Officer, Professor Christina Twomey

Professor Christina Twomey joined the ARC as its inaugural Chief Research Officer in January 2023. An experienced academic leader, Christina is former Vice-President of Monash University’s Academic Board and was also Head of the School of Philosophical, Historical and International Studies in the Faculty of Arts (2017-21). A member of the ARC College of Experts (2019-21), her elected positions have included Chair of the Board of Australian Historical Studies (after a term as Editor, 2012-15), Executive of the Australian Historical Association and President of the International Australian Studies Association. She has led submissions to research evaluation processes.

Christina is an elected Fellow of the Australian Academy of the Humanities and the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia. In 2012, she was the Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations Distinguished Visiting Chair of Australian Studies at the University of Copenhagen and in 2018, a Visiting Professor at Kyushu University, Japan. She is a member, by Ministerial invitation, of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade Editorial Advisory Board.

A prize-winning historian, Christina research focuses on the social and cultural history of war, with a particular interest in imprisonment and internment, gendered violence, trauma, Australia-Asia relations, humanitarian and aid programmes, and visual cultures of atrocity. Her most recent work focuses on Australia’s Asian garrisons and regional engagement during the Cold War period.

ARC Executive Director, Professor Anika Gauja

Professor Anika Gauja joined the ARC as Executive Director for the Social, Behavioural and Economic Sciences in January 2023. Prior to this, Anika was Associate Dean (Research) in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, University of Sydney, and previously Director of Research Development (Social Sciences). An internationally renowned political scientist, Anika’s research has made significant contributions to our understanding of democracy, political participation, and representation in Australia and across the globe. Anika has expertise in elections, democratic decline and resilience, campaign finance and party politics, and a strong track record of interdisciplinary research and cross-sector collaboration.

She has worked extensively with multiple international research teams and has held visiting fellowships at the Australian National University, the Universities of Sheffield and Exeter (UK), University Libre de Bruxelles (Belgium) and Sciences Po, Paris.

Throughout her career, Anika has developed research partnerships with government agencies and non-government organisations. With a strong emphasis on public communication and social impact, her research has been utilised in parliamentary inquiries, policy reports, judicial decisions and the media.

ARC Executive Director, Professor Alison Ross

Professor Alison Ross commenced her appointment as Executive Director of Humanities and Creative Arts at the Australian Research Council in February 2023. Prior to this appointment, she was an ARC Future Fellow in Philosophy (2013-2017) and the Deputy Dean Research in the Faculty of Arts (2018-2022) at Monash University. Most recently, Professor Ross held the position of Academic Director Research in the Office of the Deputy Vice-Chancellor Research at Monash (2022-3). 

Professor Ross’s research focuses on the semantic impact of aesthetic experience on understanding the world and acting in it. She has published on topics in aesthetics, the history of modern philosophy as well as on literature and film. Professor Ross’s most recent books examined respectively the theory of revolution and history, and the conception of the image, in the work of the German cultural critic and philosopher Walter Benjamin.