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Research Director, Digital Economy Program, CSIRO

Dr Sarah Dods leads the Digital Economy research program in CSIRO’s Digital Productivity Flagship. This multidisciplinary research is focused on Australia’s transition to digitally transformed services, driving innovation to realise the value of a digital economy.

Sarah has held innovation positions in a wide range of organisations, including multinational mining R&D, high-tech startups, academia, and publicly funded research organisations. Prior to joining CSIRO in 2011, she worked with RMIT University as a Business Development Manager across Health, Engineering and Science. She has also spent 13 years in the academic sector, researching optical communications and broadband networks. This culminated in a transition to technology commercialisation and business leadership through Monitoring Division Inc - NICTA’s first spin out company in Melbourne.

Sarah’s technical interests are in the implications of high speed broadband networks: translating the engineering infrastructure investment into value for Australians in their everyday lives through the digital economy.

Dr Dods qualifications include a B.Sc(hons) in Physics and a PhD in Electrical and Electronic Engineering, both from the University of Melbourne. She is a graduate member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, and a Senior Member of the IEEE.


  • –present
    Research Theme Leader, Health Services, CSIRO