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Senior Lecturer in Economics, RMIT University

Dr Leonora Risse is a Senior Lecturer in Economics at RMIT University, a Research Fellow with the Women and Public Policy Program at Harvard University, and a Research Fellow with the Women's Leadership Institute Australia.

She holds a PhD in Economics from the University of Queensland and has previously served as a Senior Research Economist for the Australian Government's Productivity Commission.

Her research focuses on gender equality, labour economics, demographics, wellbeing and disadvantage, and the use of psychology in economic analysis. She engages regularly with industry, government and community groups to advise on gender equality issues.

Dr Risse is a co-founder of the Women in Economics Network (WEN) in Australia and currently serves as the National Chair of WEN. She is a member of the Central Council of the Economic Society of Australia. She is an affiliate of the Life Course Centre (LCC), the National Foundation for Australia Women (NFAW) and Gender Equity Victoria (GenVic). In 2021 she was named among Apolitical's 100 Most Influential People on Gender Policy.


  • 2020–present
    Lecturer, RMIT University


  • 2008 
    University of Queensland, PhD Economics

Professional Memberships

  • Economic Society of Australia
  • Women in Economics Network