APEC-Australia Women in Research
Dr Isabelle Kingsley - Senior Research Associate for the Office of the Women in STEM Ambassador
Isabelle is Senior Research Associate for the Office of the Women in STEM Ambassador, an Australian Government initiative to address gender inequities in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). Isabelle’s role involves academic research and evaluation, advisory and policy-related activities.
Isabelle leads research projects in gender equity to investigate how to dismantle barriers to girls' and women’s participation in STEM. She also leads domestic efforts to embed evaluation into equity programs, producing an evaluation guide to support equity program evaluation on a domestic scale. She also created the STEM Equity Evaluation Portal — an online evaluation tool and repository that brings consistency and comparability to evaluation data. She works with the Australian Government to produce research-
informed reports and products to inform policy and efforts towards equity. She advises business leaders, peak bodies and policymakers to improve workplace equity across Australia and the Asia-Pacific region. She has been invited to provide expert advice and consultation on equity initiatives and policy for UN Women, Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC), Australia’s Chief Scientist and various federal departments and research councils of the Australian Government.
Isabelle is a former high school teacher and museum educator. She worked at various museums in Canada and Australia, producing award-winning education programs and communicating science on daytime television. She is co-founder and former director of the Sydney Science Festival and former Chief Education and Research Officer for a STEM e-learning company (Arludo).
Impressions of the 2023 APEC Australia Women in Research Fellowships
It was a privilege to serve as a member of the judging panel for the 2023 Women in STEM Research Fellowship. There was an abundance of exceptionally high-calibre projects, which made our job very difficult. The diversity and excellence of the research presented to the panel were truly awe-inspiring. I wish the very best to all applicants, congratulate the 2023 Fellows and look forward to following their work and achievements.