Linda Kristjanson

Appointed Vice-Chancellor in May 2011, Professor Linda Kristjanson is leading Swinburne on a program of change to consolidate its international reputation and become Australia’s leading university of science, technology and innovation.

Professor Kristjanson’s academic career spans three decades across Australia, Canada and the US. Previously she was Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Research and Development at Curtin University (2006-2011) and the inaugural Chair of Palliative Care, funded by The Cancer Council of WA (2000-2006) at Edith Cowan. She also served on the National Health and Medical Research Council (2003-2006).

Professor Kristjanson has also held seats on a number of Cooperative Research Centre Boards – including the CRC for Spatial Information, and Australian Biosecurity CRC for Emerging Infectious Disease. She was a member of the Board of the International Centre for Radioastronomy Research to support the development of Australia’s radio astronomy capability and bid for the international Square Kilometre Array Project.

A graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, Professor Kristjanson is a non-Executive Director of the Australian Synchrotron Holding Company Ltd. She chairs AuScope Ltd, a national company formed through NCRIS funding to deploy earth science research infrastructure. She is also a member of the Board of AARNet.

During her academic career Professor Kristjanson has received more than $30 million in competitive research funding from national bodies in Canada, USA and Australia and has published more than 200 refereed publications.

In 2002 Professor Kristjanson was named the Australian Telstra Business Woman of the Year in recognition of her work in health, science and innovation. In 2007 she was awarded the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada Balfour Mount Professorship in Palliative Medicine. In 2012 she received a lifetime achievement award from the Bethlehem Griffith Research Foundation.


  • –present
    Vice-Chancellor, Swinburne University of Technology