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Associate Professor in Economics, University of Canberra

Dr Leonora Risse is an economist who specialises in gender equality. Her research focuses on gender gaps in the workforce, including the gender pay gap and women’s under-representation in leadership.

Dr Risse engages regularly with governments and organisations on gender equality issues, including evidence-based policies to close gender gaps and how to apply a “gender lens” to economic analysis and policy design.

Dr Risse is an Associate Professor in the School of Politics, Economics and Society at the University of Canberra, and a Research Fellow with the Women’s Leadership Institute Australia, and serves as an Expert Panel Member on gender pay equity for the Fair Work Commission. Previously she has held roles with the Women and Public Policy Program at Harvard University, the Productivity Commission, and RMIT University. She is a co-founder and former National Chair of the Women in Economics Network (WEN) in Australia.

Dr Risse holds a PhD in Economics, Bachelor of Economics (Honours) and Bachelor of Arts from the University of Queensland.


  • 2024–present
    Associate Professor, University of Canberra


  • 2008 
    University of Queensland, PhD Economics

Professional Memberships

  • Economic Society of Australia
  • Women in Economics Network