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Our academic leaders

Faculties and University schools

Our deans bring expertise from both within and outside academia to their roles. They ensure the highest standards in teaching and research are maintained and lead their academic community’s external engagement.

Professor Barbara Caine

Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences

Dean: Professor Annamarie Jagose, PhD Wellington, FAHA

Biography: Professor Jagose is known internationally as a scholar in feminist and queer studies whose work has contributed to post-Foucauldian understandings of sexual acts and identities. Her recent publications challenge the axiomatic centrality of antinormativity in queer analysis and politics.

She is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of the Humanities and has held named fellowships at Johns Hopkins University, Northwestern University and the University of Manchester. She is also an award-winning novelist and short story writer.

Read Professor Jagose’s academic profile.

Professor Willy Zwaenepoel

Faculty of Engineering and Information Technologies

Dean: Professor Willy Zwaenepoel BS Ghent MS PhD Stanford

Biography: Professor Zwaenepoel is an established leader in experimental computer science research. He was previously Head of School at the School of Computer and Communication Sciences at École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) for nine years. Before this he spent almost two decades on the faculty at Rice University, USA. Professor Zwaenepoel has been elected as a Fellow of both the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers and the Association for Computing Machinery.

Professor Zwaenepoel has worked in a variety of aspects of operating and distributed systems and is best known for his work on the TreadMarks distributed shared memory system, which was licensed to Intel and became the basis for Intel’s OpenMP cluster product. 


Professor Kathryn Refshauge

Faculty of Health Sciences

Dean: Professor Kathryn Refshauge MBiomedE PhD UNSW DipPhty GradDipManipTher Cumb

Biography: Professor Refshauge is an internationally recognised leader in research in musculoskeletal injury, in particular sports injuries, back pain and neck pain. She is a board member of Sports Medicine Australia, and a member of the Australian Physiotherapy Association, the Musculoskeletal Physiotherapists Association and the NSW Population and Health Services Research Committee.

Read Professor Refshauge's academic profile.

Professor Alan Pettigrew

Faculty of Medicine and Health

Executive Dean: Professor Robyn Ward AM FAHMS, MBBS (Hons) UNSW, PhD UNSW

Biography: Professor Ward is an academic leader, cancer researcher and medical oncologist. She is a member of the Pharmaceutical Benefits Advisory Committee (PBAC), chairs the Commonwealth Medical Services Advisory Committee (MSAC), and serves on the Council and Executive of the Australian Academy of Health and Medical Sciences.

Professor Ward joins us from the University of Queensland, where she was Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research) and Executive Dean (Acting) of the Faculty of Medicine. In 2013 she was made Member of the Order of Australia (AM) for significant service to medical research and patient care in the field of oncology.

Professor Iain Young

Faculty of Science

Dean: Professor Iain Young BSc PhD Aberdeen

Biography: Professor Young is a biophysicist working at the interface of physics and biology, using soil as a model system to examine functionality in complex porous media over space and time. Before his appointment as Dean of Science, Professor Young was the inaugural Head of the University’s School of Life and Environmental Sciences.

Before joining the University of Sydney, Professor Young spent six years as a head of school at the University of New England, following extensive experience leading major research groups in his native country of Scotland.

Read Professor Young's academic profile.

Professor Gregory Whitwell

The University of Sydney Business School

Dean: Professor Gregory Whitwell BEc (Hons) Monash PhD Melbourne

Biography: Professor Whitwell’s past appointments include Professor of Marketing and Senior Deputy Dean of the Australian School of Business at the University of New South Wales, and Deputy Dean and Director (Graduate School of Business and Economics) in the Faculty of Business and Economics at the University of Melbourne.

Read Professor Whitwell's academic profile.

Professor Robyn Dowling

The University of Sydney School of Architecture, Design and Planning

Head of School and Dean: Professor Robyn Dowling BEc (Hons) Sydney; MA, PhD BrCol 

Biography: Professor Dowling is a distinguished urban geographer and planner and is internationally known for her work on housing and home, and the implications of climate change and technological disruptions for cities. Current research on the partnerships and relationships through which contemporary cites are governed places her at the forefront of theoretical conceptions of smart cities. Her recent election to a Fellowship in the Academy of Social Sciences is recognition of her significant national and international standing in the field.

Read Professor Dowling's academic profile

Professor Cameron Stewart

The University of Sydney Law School

Acting Head of School and Dean: Professor Cameron Stewart BEc LLB(Hons) Macquarie GradDipJur GradDipLegalPrac College of Law PhD Sydney, FACLM (Hon)

Biography: Professor Cameron Stewart is Acting Head of School and Dean and Professor of Health, Law and Ethics. He is a member of Sydney Health Law and an associate of the Centre for Values, Ethics and the Law in Medicine, Sydney Medical School. He has degrees in economics, law and jurisprudence. He has worked in the Supreme Court of New South Wales and has practised commercial law at Phillips Fox Lawyers. His previous appointment was at Macquarie Law School, where he spent 10 years, the last of which as dean.

Professor Stewart will act in the role until Professor Simon Bronitt takes over as Head of School and Dean on 1 July 2019.

Read Professor Stewart's academic profile.

Sydney Conservatorium of Music

Head of School and Dean: Professor Anna Reid BMus (Perf) Sydney MA EdAdmin UNE PhD UTS

Biography: An alumna of the University of Sydney, Professor Anna Reid has been a tertiary educator her entire career. She undertakes research in musician identity, creativity theory and practice, cultural heritage and sustainability, and higher education. She is also a cellist and viola da gamba player.

Professor Reid’s academic profile.