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Christine O'Keefe

Research Scientist - Data61, Data61

Christine O'Keefe is a Research Scientist in CSIRO Data61, and an Adjunct Professor in Mathematics at the University of Adelaide.

Prior to her current appointment, Christine held roles including: Research Programme Leader for Decision and User Science, Research Programme Leader for Business and Services Analytics, Operations Director for the Preventative Health Flagship and Theme Leader for Health Data and Information.

In addition, Christine was the founding Director of the Population Health Research Network Centre for Data Linkage, and Professor in the Faculty of Health Sciences at Curtin University.

Christine is a Fellow of the Australian Mathematical Society and the Institute of Combinatorics and its Applications, and an Associate of the Confidentiality and Privacy Research Group at the University of Manchester (UK).

Christine's research focusses on methods to address the balance between allowing data access and use with protecting privacy and confidentiality of people and organisations represented in data.

As an example, Christine has contributed to the design and implementation of remote analysis systems as well as measures of disclosure risk, information loss and data utility. She has been recognised with a Newton Turner Career Award 2010, awarded to exceptional senior scientists in CSIRO.

Prior to joining CSIRO in 2000, Christine enjoyed an international research career in Finite Geometry and Information Security.

She has more than 100 publications in refereed journals and conferences, across her fields of interest.

Christine was awarded the 2000 Australian Mathematical Society Medal for distinguished research in the mathematical sciences and the 1996 Hall Medal of the Institute for Combinatorics and Applications for outstanding contributions to the field.


  • –present
    Research Director · Digital Productivity, CSIRO


  • 2008 
    Australian National University, MBA
  • 1988 
    University of Adelaide, PhD
  • 1988 
    University of Adelaide , B Sc Hons (Pure Mathematics)