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Professor and Director, Global Change Institute, The University of Queensland

Professor Rachel Parker's research focuses on the business and social dimensions of uptake and diffusion of science and engineering research across the economy and the creation of new economic opportunities from new technologies.

Formerly Director Centre for METS Business Innovation at QUT and Director Strategic Growth in the Institute for Future Environments QUT. She is also Leader of the Industry Translation Capability and Chief Investigator in the recently awarded ARC Centre of Excellence in Synthetic Biology.

During the past decade, Rachel has held leadership positions within the university sector, as Associate Dean Research at QUT Business School and Dean Research Development in the Division of Research and Commercialisation QUT. In these roles she has coordinated major research investments aimed at delivering impact of university research beyond academic communities and facilitating industrial translation activities to maximise the benefit of science and technology to the economy and society.

In 2018, Rachel was a member of the social sciences panel for the ARC Research Engagement and Impact assessment exercise. In 2015 she was invited to appear as an expert witness before the Senate Economic References Committee inquiry into Australia’s innovation system. She has worked as an advisor on knowledge transfer activities for several public organisations.

She has led large-scale multi-disciplinary partnerships across multiple research funding categories including ARC, CRC and commercial research. She has been a Lead Chief Investigator on three ARC Discovery Projects and a Chief Investigator on four ARC Linkage Projects and the Centre of Excellence in Creative Industries and Innovation.