Research Committee

The Research Committee will develop a comprehensive, detailed and evidence-based understanding of the University’s research enterprise. It will provide advice on all research matters, including strategy, policy, support processes, resource allocation and research integrity.

Frequency of meetings: monthly


  • Professor Duncan Ivison (Chair), Acting Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research)
  • Professor Laurent Rivory, Pro-Vice-Chancellor, Strategic Collaboration and Partnerships (Deputy Chair)
  • Professor Pip Pattison, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Education)
  • Professor Jakelin Troy, Director, Indigenous Research (nominee of the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Indigenous Strategy and Services))
  • Associate Professor Peter McCallum, Chair of the Academic Board
  • Associate Professor Daniela Traini, Chair of the Academic Standards and Policy Committee, Academic Board
  • Ms Sara Watts, Vice-Principal (Operations)
  • Mr Thomas Soem, International Development Manager (Resources), Office of Global Engagement

One member appointed by each faculty

  • Faculty of Agriculture and Environment
    Associate Professor Margaret Barbour, Associate Dean (Research)
  • Faculty of Architecture, Design and Planning
    Professor Peter Phibbs, Professor and Head of Urban and Regional Planning
  • Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
    Professor Allan McConnell, Pro-Dean Research
  • University of Sydney Business School
    Professor Eddie Anderson, Associate Dean (Research)
  • Faculty of Dentistry
    Dr Ky-Anh Nguyen, Senior Lecturer, Institute of Dental Research
  • Faculty of Education and Social Work
    Associate Professor Janette Bobis, Pro-Dean Research
  • Faculty of Engineering and Information Technologies
    Professor John Patterson, Professor, School of Civil Engineering
  • Faculty of Health Sciences
    Professor Michael Kassiou, Associate Dean (Research and Innovation)
  • Sydney Law School
    Professor Matthew Conaglen, Associate Dean (Research)
  • Sydney Medical School
    Professor Macdonald Christie, Professor & NHMRC Senior Principal Research Fellow
  • Sydney Nursing School
    Associate Professor Murray Fisher, Acting Associate Dean (Research)
  • Faculty of Pharmacy
    Professor Mary Collins, Associate Dean Research
  • Faculty of Science
    Professor Sally Andrews, Associate Dean (Research)
  • Sydney College of the Arts
    Dr Jacqueline Millner, Associate Dean (Research)
  • Sydney Conservatorium of Music
    Professor Linda Barwick, Associate Dean (Research)
  • Faculty of Veterinary Science
    Professor Katherine Belov, Professor of Comparative Genomics

In attendance

Directors, Research Portfolio:

  • Dr Lesley Ashton, Director, Research Grants and Contracts
  • Dr Andrew Black, Director, Research Development and Collaboration
  • Ms Merril Bouckley, Executive Director, Research Operations
  • Mr Andrew Cooper, Implementation Manager, HMR+
  • Mr Grant Cruchley, Manager, Research Strategy and Policy Framework
  • Ms Jenni Gordon, Chief Operating Officer, DVC Research
  • Dr Rebecca Halligan, Director, Research Integrity and Ethics Administration
  • Mr Nathaniel Lewis, Director, Research Reporting, Analysis, Data and Systems (RRADS)
  • Dr Andrew Tindell, Director, Commercial Development and Industrial Partnerships

Director, Indigenous Research:

  • Professor Jakelin Troy

Directors, Professional Service Units:

  • Campus Infrastructure Services (CIS)
    Mr David Oosthuizen, Financial Services (nominee)
    Ms Jo Metzke, Human Resources (HR) (nominee)
    Ms Claire Jorgensen, Information & Communications Technology (ICT) (nominee)
    Ms Anne Bell, Library

Chair, Research Managers Network (or nominee):
One of the following, on a rotating basis:

  • Ms Ruth Graham, Research Manager, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Ms Kathy Homan, Research Support Manager, Faculty of Engineering and Information Technologies
  • Ms Nicole Weisfelt, HERDC Coordinator, Research Reporting, Analysis, Data and Systems (RRADS)

Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) Stewards:

  • Professor Geraint Lewis

General Counsel (or nominee):

  • Ms Sara Hofman, Senior Solicitor, Office of General Counsel (nominee)

Director, Higher Education Policy and Projects (or nominee):

  • Dr Leah Schwartz, Executive Officer, Higher Education Policy and Projects (nominee)