About me

My current affiliations

Senior Fellow

School of Cybernetics, Australian National University

Establishing a new iteration of cybernetics as an important tool for navigating societal transformations

Research Affiliate

School of Anthropology, University of Oxford

Contributing to teaching, supervision and research in medical anthropology, human ecology and the human sciences

John Monash Scholar

General Sir John Monash Foundation

Building and part of a network of leading Australian scholars across a wide range of subjects and worldwide universities

International Fellow

Unit for Biocultural Variation and Obesity, Oxford

Engaging in a vibrant cross-sectoral community of researchers focused on the complex and interwoven causes of obesity

Independent consultant

Providing specialist research, advisory, facilitation, workshop design and consulting services to start-ups, government and industry


Doctor of Philosophy (Social and Cultural Anthropology)
University of Oxford, UK | 2009-13

Master of Philosophy (Medical Anthropology)
University of Oxford, UK | 2007-09

Bachelor of Science (First-class Honours in Anatomical Sciences)
University of Adelaide, Australia | 2005

Bachelor of Medical Science (Neuroscience, Nutrition, Physiology)
Flinders University of South Australia, Australia | 2002-04
Diploma in Language (Advanced French)
Flinders University of South Australia, Australia | 2002-04

Certificate III in Fitness (Group Fitness, Coaching, Nutrition)
Australian Institute of Fitness, Australia | 2004

Senior Fellow, School of Cybernetics
College of Engineering, Computing and Cybernetics, Australian National University (Canberra, Australia) | 2020-

Research Fellow / Educational Experiences Lead, 3A Institute
College of Engineering and Computer Science, Australian National University (Canberra, Australia) | 2018-20

Tuckwell Fellow
Tuckwell Scholarship Program, Australian National University (Canberra, Australia) | 2018-21

Executive Design Manager
ThinkPlace Global (Canberra, Australia) | 2017-18

Senior Analyst, Project Office, Dept of the Prime Minister and Cabinet
Australian Government (Canberra, Australia) | 2015-18

Early-career Teaching and Research Fellow in Medical Anthropology
University of Oxford (Oxford, UK) | 2014-15

UBVO Administrator
University of Oxford (Oxford, UK) | 2014-15

Project Coordinator
World Wide Project Management Services (Adelaide, Australia) | 2006-07

Project Officer (Health Systems Management)
South Australian Department of Health (Adelaide, Australia) | 2005-06

Nominated for Vice-Chancellor’s Award for Influential Impact and Engagement | 2023
Australian National University

International Connections Travel Grant | 2023
Australian National University & Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin

Leadership Academy Collaborative Grant, with Jess Coldrey | 2022
General Sir John Monash Foundation

Remote Teaching Award | 2021
College of Engineering, ANU

Engaged Educator Award | 2020
College of Engineering, ANU

Research Incentive Grant, with Dr Marisa Wilson | 2015-17
Carnegie Trust

William R Miller Award | 2010-12
St Edmund Hall, University of Oxford

2nd VIII Colours ‘Osiris’ | 2011
Oxford University Sports Federation

AM Hocart Essay Prize | 2008
Royal Anthropological Institute

John Monash Scholarship | 2007
General Sir John Monash Foundation

Clarendon Scholarship | 2007
University of Oxford

Paula Soanes O’Brien Award | 2007
St Cross College, University of Oxford

W@B Leadership Award | 2005
South Australian Premier’s Office

Clinical Research Prize | 2005
Australian Society for Medical Research

RA Simpson Scholarship | 2003
For Noumea study, Flinders University

Health and Illness in Everyday Life | University of Copenhagen | 2023
Design and delivery of a workshop on The Making and Meaning of a Meal.

Thinking Beyond AI | Australian National University | 2019-21
Design and delivery of a multi-module industry short-course, in-person/virtual.

Master of Applied Cybernetics | Australian National University | 2019-21
Convenor and co-designer of CECS6001: Framing questions about cyber-physical systems, CECS8002: Projects in Applied Cybernetics.

Policy Project Delivery | Dept of the Prime Minister and Cabinet | 2015-18
Lead re-designer and trainer for Project Office methodology training across the Australian Public Service, including modules on Project management, Research and analysis, Stakeholder engagement and Compelling communication.

MSc/MPhil in Medical Anthropology | University of Oxford | 2011-15
Tutor, lecturer and examiner for Paper 1: Critical medical anthropology, Paper 2: Biocultural approaches to medicine, Paper 3: Anthropologies of the body. Dissertation supervisor and examiner.

Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery | University of Oxford | 2013-14
Designer of, and convener for, a medical anthropology elective for fourth-year students in medicine and surgery.

Bachelor of Arts (Human Sciences) | University of Oxford | 2011-15
Tutor in third-year Paper: Human ecology. Extended essay supervisor for second and third-year students.

Liberal Arts | UGA, USD, St Clare’s College | 2011-15
Lecturer, course design and examiner for students taking semester abroad courses in Oxford. Included Sociology of food and Medical anthropology papers.

Bachelor of Nursing | University of South Australia | 2005
Tutor and practical class delivery for first-year tertiary level topic BIOL1032: Human biosciences 2.

Bachelor of Nursing and Midwifery | Flinders University | 2005
Lecturer, lab instructor and examiner (practical and written) for NURS1607: Fundamentals of science in a nursing context.

Creator and Convener | 2022-23 / Cybernetics Snacks speaker series

Member | 2022 / Australian Alliance for AI in Healthcare

ACT Selection Committee | 2020-22 / General Sir John Monash Foundation

Committee Member | 2019-22 / ACT Oxbridge Society

Founding Chair, SAC | 2017-19 / Scholar Advisory Committee, General Sir John Monash Foundation

Committee Member, AFRAN | 2017-19 / Australian French Association for Research and Innovation (AFRAN)

Cultural Insights Network | 2015- / Ipsos MORI

Research Affiliate | 2014- / School of Anthropology and Museum Ethnography, University of Oxford

Treasurer, OUAS | 2012-13 / Oxford University Anthropological Society

Invigilator, University of Oxford | 2012-15 / Proctorial Panel approved examiner

Women’s Captain, WCBC | 2008-09 / Wolfson College Boat Club

Summer Ball Chair, STX | 2007-08 / St Cross College, University of Oxford

Director, RYLA | 2003-04 / Rotary Youth Leadership Awards