Strategic Hires and Retention Pathways ( SHARP )

Meet our SHARP hires to date:

UNSW's 2025 Strategy will position UNSW as 'Australia’s Global University'. We aspire to this in the belief that a great university, which is a global leader in discovery, innovation, impact, education and thought leadership, can make an enormous difference to people’s lives. An important aspect of the Strategy relates to research quality and excellence.

Our vision is to be among the leading research-intensive universities worldwide, known for innovative, pioneering research that has a global impact. UNSW will support leading researchers across all faculties and our best researchers will be recognised by prestigious national and international research awards. The number and quality of publications appearing in leading journals will steadily increase and many of our staff will be among the world’s most highly cited researchers.

To achieve this, UNSW will invest strategically, on a large scale, in recruitment in carefully selected areas of research, from across the full spectrum of endeavours in arts, built environment, business, design, law, social sciences, engineering, medicine and science. Recruitment will be focused in areas aligned with our identified areas of strength or in areas where we need to strategically build capacity. We will target world-class established research leaders through SHARP.

The research leaders we recruit will drive UNSW’s research performance by increasing the number of high-quality and highly-cited research publications and other outputs, as well as our proportion of research funding.

Meet our SHARP hires to date: 

  • Professor Alta Schutte
    Principal Theme Lead of Cardiac, Vascular and Metabolic Medicine
    School of Public Health and Community Medicine
    Faculty of Medicine & Health
    • Internationally recognised leader in hypertension and cardiovascular health research
    • Professorial Fellow at the George Institute for Global Health
    • Extraordinary Professor at the Hypertension in African Research Team (HART) at the North-West University in South Africa where she served as Unit Director of Medical Research Council Extramural Unit for Hypertension and Cardiovascular Disease
    • President of the International Society of Hypertension (ISH)
    • Past President of the Southern African Hypertension Society
    • Fellow of the European Society of Cardiology and of the Royal Society of South Africa and founding member of the South African Young Academy of Science
    • Recipient of prestigious awards including the Distinguished Woman Scientist in the Natural, Engineering and Life Sciences Award (2017); the National Science and Technology Forum South 32 TW Kambule Award and the British Association Medal from the Southern Africa Association for the Advancement of Science (2011)
    • Editor of the European Journal of Preventive Cardiology and serves on the Editorial Board of Hypertension, Journal of Hypertension, Journal of Clinical Hypertension, Journal of Human Hypertension, Current Hypertension Reports and BMC Medicine
    • Researcher Profile
    • UNSW SHARP appointment: February 2020 - current 
  • Professor John Mattick
    School of Biotechnology and Biomolecular Sciences
    Faculty of Science
    • Professor of RNA Biology at UNSW Sydney and Senior Research Fellow with Visiting University Professorship at Green Templeton College, Oxford
    • Established one of the first HiSeq X10 sequencing and clinically accredited genome analysis facilities
    • Recognised by the award of Officer in the Order of Australia in 2001 for service to scientific research in the fields of molecular biology, genetics and biotechnology and development and administration of research institutes and the Australian Genome Research Facility, and in 2004 received the Australian Government's Centenary Medal
    • Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science, the Australian Academy of Health and Medical Sciences and the Australian Academy of Technology and Engineering; and Associate Member of the European Molecular Biology Organisation
    • The recipient of numerous awards including the inaugural Gutenberg Chair at the University of Strasbourg, the International Union of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Medal, the Human Genome Organisation Chen Medal for Distinguished Academic Achievement in Human Genetics and Genomic Research and the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center Bertner Award for Distinguished Contributions to Cancer Research
    • Previously Chief Executive of Genomics England; Director of the Garvan Institute of Medical Research; and Foundation Director of the Institute for Molecular Bioscience and the Australian Genome Research Facility at the University of Queensland
    • Researcher Profile
    • UNSW SHARP appointment: October 2019 - current 
  • Professor Amy J Cohen
    Faculty of Law & Justice
    • Leading international scholar in alternative dispute resolution and in law and economic development, including the law and political economy of agriculture and food
    • Held visiting professorships at top law schools including Harvard Law School, Osgoode Hall Law School, the University of Turin Faculty of Law and the West Bengal National University of Juridical Sciences
    • Research has been funded by the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University, the American Institute of Indian Studies at the University of Chicago, the Fulbright Scholars program and the Collegio Carlo Alberto in Turin
    • Researcher Profile
    • UNSW SHARP appointment: June 2019 - June 2022
  • Professor Christopher Goodnow
    School of Medical Sciences
    Faculty of Medicine & Health
    • Internationally renowned immunologist who is a pioneer in large-scale genetic analysis of the immune system including understanding the cause and treatment of human autoimmune diseases
    • Director of the UNSW Cellular Genomics Futures Institute
    • Executive Director of the Garvan Institute of Medical Research and Head of the  Immunogenomics Laboratory
    • Fellow of the Royal Society, Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science and a Member of the US National Academy of Science
    • Holder of The Bill and Patricia Ritchie Foundation Chair
    • Recognised by myriad awards including the American Association of Immunologists Pharmingen Investigator Award, the Australian Academy of Science Gottschalk Medal, the Health Minister's Prize for Excellence in Medical Research and the Ramaciotti Medal for Excellence in Biomedical Research
    • President of the Australasian Society for Immunology 2015-2016
    • Chief Scientific Officer of the Australian Phenomics Facility and Network 2006-2014 and Director of the Australian Phenomics Facility 2002-2006
    • Researcher Profile
    • UNSW SHARP appointment: October 2018 - current 
  • A/Professor Joseph Powell
    School of Medical Sciences
    Faculty of Medicine & Health
    • Deputy Director of the UNSW Cellular Genomics Futures Institute
    • Director of the Garvan-Weizmann Centre for Cellular Genomics and Principal Research Fellow at Garvan Institute for Medical Research
    • NHMRC Career Development Fellow whose application was the highest ranked in the round
    • Recipient of the prestigious Commonwealth Health Minister's Medal for Excellence in Medical Research 2016
    • Awarded an NHMRC Research Excellence Award in 2015
    • Founding Director of SeqBio, a company developing new diagnostic technology for lung diseases using liquid biopsies and single cell sequencing
    • Research focusses on understanding the functional mechanisms by which genetic variants contribute to disease susceptibility at a cellular level, ultimately achieving therapeutic and diagnostic outcomes
    • UNSW SHARP appointment: October 2018 - current 
  • Professor Deborah Lupton
    Centre for Social Research in Health
    Faculty of Arts, Design & Architecture
    • One of the most highly-cited social sciences scholars internationally
    • Internationally recognised for her innovative approach to social research and applied social and cultural theory
    • Author or co-author of 16 books
    • Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences in Australia
    • Awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Social Sciences by the University of Copenhagen
    • Researcher Profile
    • UNSW SHARP appointment: February 2019 - current 
  • Professor Sue Coppersmith
    School of Physics
    Faculty of Science
    • Leading theoretical physicist specialising in condensed matter physics and quantum information science
    • Substantial contributions made to the understanding of glasses, biominerals, granular materials and quantum computers
    • Current research focuses on the development of quantum computers using silicon technology similar to that used in modern classical computers
    • Previously Robert E. Fassnacht Professor of Physics and Vilas Research Professor at the University of Wisconsin, Madison
    • Fellow of the American Physical Society, the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and Member of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States
    • Researcher Profile
    • UNSW SHARP appointment: January 2019 - current 
  • Professor Sir Fraser Stoddart
    School of Chemistry
    Faculty of Science
    • Pioneered the use of molecular recognition and self-assembly processes in template-directed protocols for the synthesis of mechanically interlocked molecules (MIMs), such as catenanes and rotaxanes, leading to the design and syntheses of molecular shuttles, switches, and machines, such as artificial molecular pumps
    • Presently a Board of Trustees Professor of Chemistry at Northwestern University, USA, previously the Saul Winstein Professor of Chemistry at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) before holding the Fred Kavli Chair of NanoSystems Sciences at UCLA while Director of the California NanoSystems Institute (CNSI)
    • Fellow of the Royal Society of London, the German Academy (Leopoldina) of Natural Sciences, and the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences, as well as Honorary Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh and the Royal Society of Chemistry
    • Made a Knight Bachelor by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II in the 2007 New Year’s Honours List for services to chemistry and molecular nanotechnology
    • 2016 Nobel Laureate in Chemistry and internationally recognised by numerous prestigious awards including the Royal Medal (2010), the King Faisal International Prize in Science (2007), the Albert Einstein World Prize in Nanotechnology (2007) and the Feynman Prize in Nanotechnology (2007)
    • Elected a Member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2012, the National Academy of Sciences in 2014, the EU Academy of Science in 2017 and a Foreign Member of the Chinese Academy of Sciences in 2018
    • Has mentored more than 500 graduate students and postdoctoral scholars from 50 different countries
    • UNSW SHARP appointment: August 2018 - current 
  • Professor Nieng Yan
    School of Biotechnology and Biomolecular Sciences
    Faculty of Science
    • Founding Shirley M. Tilghman Professor of Molecular Biology, Princeton University
    • Held the Bayer Endowed Professorial Chair, Tsinghua University
    • Recipient of the Weizmann Women and Science Award 2019, Weizmann Institute of Science
    • Winner of the 2018 FAOBMB Award for Excellence, Federation of National Societies of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology in the Asian and Oceania Region
    • Recipient of the Protein Science Young Investigator Award 2015, Protein Society
    • Awarded the 2015 Raymond and Beverly Sackler International Prize in Biophysics, Tel Aviv University
    • Serves on the editorial boards of the Journal of Molecular Biology, Journal of Biological Chemistry and Cell Reports
    • Howard Hughes Medical Institute international early career scientist 2021-2017
    • Research focusses on the understanding of the chemical and physical principles of membrane transport mediated by secondary transporters, uniporters and channels
    • Researcher Profile
    • UNSW SHARP appointment: November 2018 - current 
  • Professor Harald van Heerde
    School of Marketing
    UNSW Business School
    • A world-leading marketing scholar, specialising in econometric models to improve marketing decision-making
    • Ranked in the top 10 of marketing scholars worldwide (and first in Australia) based on his publications in leading marketing journals such as the Journal of Marketing, the Journal of Marketing Research and Marketing Science
    • Internationally recognised by numerous research awards including the MSI / H. Paul Root Best Paper Award from the Journal of Marketing (2018), Long-term Impact Award from Marketing Science (2017), the Steenkamp Long-term Impact Award from the International Journal of Research in Marketing (2017) and the winner of the Oxford University Centre for Corporate Reputation Best Published Paper Award for the Journal of Marketing (2016)
    • Wide-ranging research interests including measuring the sales effects of advertising, price, sales promotion and new media, loyalty programs, strategies to build brands and brand equity, electronic word-of-mouth, retail assortment optimisation, attribution modelling, customer acquisition, entertainment marketing and the role of PR and publicity
    • Serves as the first-ever non-US based co-editor of the prestigious Journal of Marketing
    • Researcher Profile
    • UNSW SHARP appointment: September 2018 - current 


  • Professor Kourosh Kalantar-zadeh, ARC Laureate Fellow
    School of Chemical Engineering
    Faculty of Engineering
    • ​​​​​​Australian Research Council (ARC) Laureate Fellow of 2018
    • Formerly a Distinguished Professor of electronic engineering at RMIT, Melbourne
    • Best known for work on ingestible sensors, liquid metals and atomically thin metallic compounds
    • Led the invention of the first ingestible analytical sensor to be trialled on humans
    • Co-author of nearly 400 research articles and reviews
    • Internationally recognised for work on sensors and liquid metals, receiving the 2017 IEEE Sensor Council Achievement Award and 2018 ACS Advances in Measurement Science Lectureship Award (Asia-Pacific region)
    • Chief Investigator, Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence in Future Low-Energy Electronics Technologies (FLEET)
    • Member of the editorial boards of Applied Materials Today, ACS Applied Nano Materials, ACS Sensors, Advanced Materials Technologies and Nano-Micro Letters
    • Researcher Profile
    • UNSW SHARP appointment: July 2018 - December 2022
  • Professor Louise Chappell
    Faculty of Law & Justice
    Inaugural Director, Australian Human Rights Institute
    • Leading international scholar on gender justice, politics and institutions
    • Research focuses on the gendered dynamics of political and legal institutions and identifying conditions to support gender equality
    • Winner of prestigious book prizes including from the American and Australian Political Science Associations for her work on Gender and Politics and on Gender and the International Criminal Court
    • Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences in Australia
    • Visiting fellow at the universities of Edinburgh, Leiden, Manchester; Simon Fraser, European University Institute
    • Former ARC Future Fellow and recipient of multiple ARC, EU and other grants
    • Inaugural Director, Australian Human Rights Institute, UNSW, Sydney
    • Researcher Profile
    • UNSW SHARP appointment: October 2017 - current 
  • Tim Rhodes, Professor of Sociology of Health
    Centre for Social Research in Health
    Faculty of Arts, Design & Architecture
    • A leading sociologist in addictions and health, with a split appointment as Professor of Public Health Sociology at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (LSHTM), University of London
    • Leading a UNSW program in critical social science research on evidencing health intervention translations, including in the field of viral hepatitis and addiction treatments
    • Currently leading qualitative and ethnographic studies on the social relations of care in relation to HIV, viral hepatitis and addiction, including in East Africa and Myanmar
    • Widely published in the social sciences of addiction and health, especially on conceptualising health ‘risk environments’
    • Editor-In-Chief of the International Journal of Drug Policy, a leading policy journal in the field
    • UNSW SHARP appointment: January 2018 - current 

    Photo courtesy of LSHTM


  • Professor Bingqin Li
    Director of the Chinese Social Policy Program, Social Policy Research Centre
    Faculty of Arts, Design & Architecture
    • One of the top social policy scholars working on and in China
    • Previously Associate Professor in ANU’s Crawford School of Public Policy and Assistant Professor at London School of Economics
    • Strong connections and research collaboration with leading Chinese social policy scholars, government agencies, think tanks and major NGOs
    • Research consultancies for WHO, World Bank, UNICEF, UNESCAP, UNRISD, Save the Children, UK Department of International Development (DFID)
    • Commissioned research projects and contribute outputs in line with the best social policy scholars internationally
    • Experienced public speaker on social policy reforms, urbanization and social integration in China
    • Researcher Profile
    • UNSW SHARP appointment: August 2016 - July 2021
  • Professor John Church
    School of Biological, Earth & Environmental Sciences/Climate Change Research Centre
    Faculty of Science
    • The world’s leading expert in sea-level science
    • Distinguished career at CSIRO as a Research Scientist in Oceanography, rising to the position of CSIRO Fellow (a position held by fewer than two dozen of CSIRO’s several thousand scientists)
    • His area of expertise is the role of the ocean in climate, particularly anthropogenic climate change
    • He is an expert in estimating and understanding global and regional sea-level rise
    • Highly engaged internationally and reputationally, has played a major role on the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and the World Climate Research Programme
    • Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science, the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering, the American Meteorological Society and the Australian Meteorological and Oceanographic Society
    • Awarded the 2006 Roger Revelle Medal by the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission, a CSIRO Medal for Research Achievement in 2006, the 2007 Eureka Prize for Scientific Research, the 2008 AMOS R.H. Clarke Lecture and the AMOS Morton Medal in 2017
    • Directly aligns with UNSW Grand Challenge in Climate Change
    • Researcher Profile
    • UNSW SHARP appointment: January 2017 - December 2021
  • Professor Qihe Tang
    School of Risk and Actuarial Studies
    UNSW Business School
    • Leading scholar in actuarial science and quantitative risk management
    • Attained his Ph.D. in statistics from the University of Science and Technology of China in 2001
    • Expertise centres on extreme value theory for insurance, finance, and quantitative risk management
    • Conferred the F.Wendell Miller endowed professorship at the University of Iowa in July 2014 in honour of his scholarly work and professional contributions
    • Research has been constantly supported by external grants from various funding bodies including the NSERC (Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada), the NSF (National Science Foundation of the US), the NSFC (National Natural Science Foundation of China), and the SOA (Society of Actuaries)
    • Associate editor for several academic journals including Insurance: Mathematics and Economics, TEST, Applied Stochastic Models in Business and Industry, and Statistics & Probability Letters
    • Graduated a number of doctoral students who are now university professors all over the world
    • UNSW SHARP appointment: July 2017 - current 
  • Professor Claire Wakefield
    Head of the Behavioural Sciences Unit
    School of Women’s and Children’s Health, Faculty of Medicine & Health
    • Leader of the Behavioural Sciences Unit in the School of Women’s and Children’s Health
    • Chair of the Paediatrics Special Interest Group for the International Psycho-Oncology Society (IPOS)
    • Founding Chair of the IPOS Early Career Professionals Committee
    • Chief Investigator on grants worth more than $23M and has over 110 publications
    • Diamond Jubilee International Visiting Fellow at the University of Southampton, UK
    • Received the 2014 Premier’s Award for Outstanding Cancer Research Fellow
    • Prof Wakefield’s research aims to delineate how best to meet the needs of families of children with serious and life threatening illness. Her focus is on developing strategies to prevent poor mental health outcomes in vulnerable groups using evidence-based interventions and novel technology
    • She has a particular interest in children’s cancer and in the psychological implications of genetics and genomics for children
    • Researcher Profile
    • UNSW SHARP appointment: June 2017 - current 
  • Professor Chun Hui Wang
    Head of School of Mechanical & Manufacturing Engineering
    Faculty of Engineering
    • National leader in design and manufacturing of advanced composites with strong links with defence and industry
    • Recruited from RMIT, Professor of Aerospace Engineering and Director of Sir Lawrence Wackett Aerospace Research Centre
    • >$10m in research funding over last 5 years, led a successful application for ARC Industrial Transformation Training Centre while at RMIT
    • Will directly contribute to increasing the ERA result across the relevant FOR codes to a 5 (currently 3)
    • Exceptional record of both fundamental and applied research in advanced composites, multifunctional structures, and solid mechanics with strong links with defence and industry
    • Researcher Profile
    • UNSW SHARP appointment: August 2016 - current 
  • Professor Joe Dong
    School of Electrical Engineering & Telecommunications
    Faculty of Engineering
    • National authority in SMaRT Electricity Grids
    • World leading researcher in power electronics
    • Will boost UNSW to country’s lead in electricity grid stability
    • Track record of translating high quality research to industry, partners include ABB, GE, AREVA, Siemens, CISCO, Ausgrid &Transgrid
    • Strong funding links with Chinese industries, will link well with TORCH initiative
    • Researcher Profile
    • UNSW SHARP appointment: January 2017 - December 2021 
  • Associate Professor Sarah Brough
    ARC Future Fellow, School of Physics
    Faculty of Science
    • World leading astrophysicist – using large galaxy surveys to understand galaxy formation
    • ARC Future Fellow recruited from Australian Astronomical Observatory
    • Key member of major national and international collaborations on large-scale galaxy surveys using Australian facilities
    • Will grow capacity in Astrophysics and Extragalactic Science, in line with School strategy
    • Exemplary track-record of leadership and community engagement in gender issues in science
    • Researcher Profile
    • UNSW SHARP appointment: January 2017 - current 
  • Associate Professor Nicholas J. Ekins-Daukes (Ned)
    School of Photovoltaic and Renewable Energy Engineering
    Faculty of Engineering
    • Specialises in developing highly efficient solar photovoltaic devices and has worked at laboratories in the UK, Japan and Australia
    • From 2008-17, Ned worked in the Physics department at Imperial College London and prior to that at the School of Physics at the University of Sydney
    • From 2003-06 he was a JSPS research fellow at the Toyota Technological Institute, Japan
    • Holds a PhD and MSc from Imperial College and MSci in Physics & Electronics from the University of St Andrews
    • Research priority is to fundamentally increase the efficiency of photovoltaic solar cells towards the ultimate efficiency limit for solar power conversion of 87%
    • Researcher Profile
    • UNSW SHARP appointment: August 2017 - current 
  • Professor Alison Bashford, FBA, FAHA, FRHistS,
    School of Humanities and Languages
    Faculty of Arts, Design & Architecture
    • An environmental historian and author of many books on the modern history of geosciences, and on demography and population matters over the nineteenth and twentieth centuries
    • She was the Vere Harmsworth Professor of Imperial and Naval History at the University of Cambridge
    • 2009/10 she held the Harvard Chair of Australian Studies in the History of Science Department
    • Most recent book is The New Worlds of Thomas Robert Malthus (Princeton, 2016), written with Harvard’s early Americanist Joyce Chaplin
    • Currently researching the Huxley family, a study in cosmology and science communication, 1825-1975
    • In May 2018, she delivered the Wiles Lectures, Queens University Belfast
    • Researcher Profile
    • UNSW SHARP appointment: October 2017 - current 
  • Professor Kaarin J. Anstey, BA (Hons) Syd., PhD Qld., FASSA, FAPS
    Psychology and Brain Sciences
    Faculty of Science
    • A world leader in the field of dementia risk reduction, her research programs focus on the causes, consequences and prevention of cognitive decline and dementia
    • Conducts research into older driver safety and evaluates interventions to promote mobility and healthy ageing
    • Works extensively with longitudinal studies, and for the past decade has lead the PATH Through Life Project, a large cohort study based in Canberra
    • An NHMRC Principal Research Fellow and the leader of an NHMRC Centre of Research Excellence in Cognitive Health
    • The Director of the NHMRC Dementia Centre for Research Collaboration and Co-Deputy Director of the ARC Centre of Excellence in Population Ageing Research
    • Chair of the International Research Network on Dementia Prevention and a member of the World Health Organisation Guidelines Development Committee for Cognitive Decline and Dementia
    • A member of the Governance Committee of the Global Council on Brain Health, an initiative supported by the American Association of Retired Persons and AgeUK
    • Elected Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences in Australia, the Gerontological Society of America, the Australian Psychological Society and the Australian Association of Gerontology
    • Researcher Profile
    • UNSW SHARP appointment: January 2018 - current 
  • Scientia Professor Dennis Del Favero
    Faculty of Arts, Design & Architecture
    • Australian Research Council Laureate Fellow 
    • Multi award artist working with advanced artificial intelligence and visualisation technology 
    • Over 180 outputs in prestigious international biennales, festivals, galleries and museums
    • Extensive engagement and impact across art, broadcast, building, design, memorial, museological, mining, performing arts and simulation industries
    • Chair Professor of Digital Innovation, UNSW 
    • Executive Director of the iCinema Research Centre, UNSW
    • Director (Research) EPICentre, UNSW
    • Visiting Professorial Fellow at ZKM Centre for Art and Media, Karlsruhe, Germany 
    • Visiting Senior Fellow at University of California Santa Barbara, USA
    • Member of Editorial Board of Studio Corpi Quolibet, Italy
    • Executive Director of Australian Research Council | Humanities and Creative Arts, 2015 to 2016
    • Panel member of the Eureka Prize for Excellence in Interdisciplinary Science, 2013 to 2018
    • Researcher Profile
    • UNSW SHARP appointment: November 2016 - October 2021 
  • Professor Liming Dai
    Director, UNSW-BUCT-CWRU International Joint Laboratory
    School of Chemical Engineering
    Faculty of Engineering
    • A world renowned expert in carbon nanomaterials for energy storage and electrocatalysis
    • Breakthrough work is in the area of tunable controlled architecture of 1D, 2D, and 3D nanoporous carbon materials to exploit their unique thermal, electrical and mechanical properties
    • Professor Dai is a Highly Cited Researcher (Thomson Reuters)
    • Led or been co-Principle Investigator for multiple centres including those funded by the US Department of Defense, NASA, and the US National Science Foundation with grant funding of approximately US$27 million over the last 10 years
    • Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry and Fellow of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE)
    • Received a number of awards including the 2016 CWRU Faculty Distinguished Research Award and the 2013 Zhejiang Science and Technology Award
    • UNSW SHARP appointment: July 2017 - current 
  • Professor Ewa Goldys
    Graduate School of Biomedical Engineering
    Faculty of Engineering
    • Internationally renowned for the development and applications of advanced fluorescence techniques to biomedicine, nanotechnology and advanced materials.
    • Deputy Director of the Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence in Nanoscale Biophotonics
    • Fellow of the The Australian Academy of Technology and Engineering (ATSE)
    • Fellow of the Optical Society recognized "for research leadership in optical characterization and biomedical sensing that has promoted widespread interdisciplinary awareness of light in life sciences"
    • Fellow of SPIE, key international society for optics and photonics
    • Founded and led the ARC/NHMRC Research Network, Fluorescence Applications in Biotechnology and Life Sciences
    • Received the 2016 Australian Museum ANSTO Eureka Prize for Innovative Use of Technology
    • Researcher Profile
    • UNSW SHARP appointment: January 2018 - current 
  • Professor Natalie Klein
    Faculty of Law & Justice
    • An international lawyer with a focus on dispute settlement and the law of the sea
    • Worked in the international litigation and arbitration practice of Debevoise & Plimpton LLP
    • Served as counsel to the Government of Eritrea (1998-2002)
    • Acted as a consultant in the Office of Legal Affairs at the United Nations
    • Holds a masters and doctorate in law earned at Yale Law School
    • Fellow of the Australian Academy of Law
    • Author of Dispute Settlement and the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea (Cambridge University Press, 2005)
    • Author of Maritime Security and the Law of the Sea (Oxford University Press, 2011)
    • Researcher Profile
    • UNSW SHARP appointment: February 2018 - current 
  • Professor Darryn Waugh
    School of Mathematics and Statistics
    Faculty of Science
    • Research interests are large-scale atmosphere and oceanic flow and transport, with a focus on understanding global environmental issues such as stratospheric ozone depletion and climate change
    • Awarded Ph.D. in Applied Mathematics at Cambridge University, 1991
    • Lead investigator on several NASA projects
    • Co-investigator on multi-million dollar funded NSF Frontiers in Earth System Dynamics initiatives
    • Awarded two NASA Group Achievement Awards (2001 & 1998)
    • Received the Francois N. Frenkiel Award (1993)
    • Awarded two AGU Editors Citations for Excellence in Refereeing Awards (1999 & 1995)
    • UNSW SHARP appointment: June 2017 - December 2022
  • Professor Sisi Zlatanova
    Faculty of the Built Environment
    • The world's leading expert on 3D GIS
    • President of ISPRS Technical Commission IV 'Spatial Information Science'
    • Co-founder of the international societies and series of conferences 3D Geoinfo, Gi4DM, Indoor3D. Member of UDMS Board
    • Actively involved in 3D standardisation activities within OGC, buildingSMART, FIG, Co-chair of OGC SWG IndoorGML
    • Advisory for EC on 3D Spatial Information and Disaster Risk Reduction and National Geomatic Center China on 3D Indoor Modelling
    • Formal chair DATA project of IRDR (ICSU) and CODATA task group Linked open data for Global Risk Reduction
    • Strong contacts with industry dealing with 3D spatial information, specifically Bentley systems, CGI, Oracle Spatial, Fugro, Cyclomedia, Google and ESRI
    • Lead various projects on 3D GIS and spatial analysis, Integration of GIS and BIM, 3D Indoor modelling, 3D modelling for emergency response, Integrated management of above and below surface information
    • Previously held academic positions at Delft University of Technology (Delft), Siberia State University of Geosystems and Technology (Novosibirsk), Institute for Geo-information Science and Earth Observation (Enschede), Graz University of Technology (Austria) and University of Architecture, Civil Engineering and Geodesy (Sofia)
    • Author and co-author of more than 300 scientific papers and 22 books
    • Researcher Profile
    • UNSW SHARP appointment: January 2018 - current 
  • Professor Tao (Tom) Wu
    School of Materials Science and Engineering
    Faculty of Science
    • Leading expert on the synthesis and properties of novel materials, particularly transition-metal oxides and hybrid halide perovskites, in the forms of thin films, nanomaterials and mixed-dimensional nanocomposites
    • High-impact research on diverse electronic and energy applications including field effect transistors, spintronics, nonvolatile memories, and optoelectronics
    • Lead or Co-PI on multiple projects funded by more than $25M to work on next-generation materials and devices
    • Awarded the Lee Hsun International Young Scientist Award, Chinese Academy of Sciences, 2012
    • Associate editor - ACS Appl. Mater. Interfaces, 2015 – present
    • Researcher Profile
    • UNSW SHARP appointment: November 2017 - current 
  • Scientia Professor Jacob Goeree
    Director AGORA Centre for Market Design
    School of Economics, UNSW Business School
    • World authority on market design, interdisciplinary field combining game theory, computer science & experimental economics
    • Distinguished professorial career at Caltech and Universities of Zurich and Virginia
    • Former President of Economic Science Association, one of the few Australian Fellows of Econometric Society, Fellow of the Royal Netherlands Academy for Arts and Sciences and the Royal Netherlands Society for the Sciences
    • Over $12m in research funding, including equivalent of Laureate Fellowships in the Netherlands and Europe
    • Director of AGORA Center for Market Design, will lead ARC Centre of Excellence bid (shortlisted last round but withdrawn due to move to UNSW
    • UNSW SHARP appointment: July 2016 - current 
  • Professor John David (JD) Dewsbury
    School of Physical Environment and Mathematical Sciences
    Department of Geography, UNSW Canberra
    • Professor of human geography whose research into performative understandings of culture and society is based upon interdisciplinary connections with performance studies, continental philosophy and political theory
    • One of the most highly cited proponents, of Non-Representational Geography, a theoretical paradigm that challenges some of the most fundamental assumptions in the social sciences, namely that representation of reality is possible and desirable
    • Promoted new directions in the understanding of habit, materiality and politics, the relationship between ontology and events, assemblages and research practice
    • Instrumental in introducing the work of key continental philosophers into geography, particularly the ideas of Gilles Deleuze, Felix Ravaisson, Alain Badiou & Felix Guattari
    • Research has been funded through the Arts Humanities Research Council UK, the British Council, and Economic and Social Research Council UK
    • Produced novel social scientific approaches to community issues relevant to agencies as diverse as the UK Environment Agency and the British Army
    • UNSW SHARP appointment: July 2017 - July 2022
  • Professor Konrad Pesudovs
    School of Optometry and Vision Science
    Faculty of Medicine & Health
    • World’s leading optometrist researcher by H Index and citations.
    • Research interest is ophthalmology outcomes research; incorporating optical, visual and patient-reported measurement into the comprehensive assessment of ophthalmic outcomes.
    • Developed patient-reported outcome measures and is the leader of an international project to develop item banking and computer adaptive testing for measuring patient-reported outcomes in ophthalmology (the Eye-tem Bank Project).
    • Strong track record in health valuation and epidemiology particularly with the Global Burden of Disease Study. 
    • Recipient of numerous NHMRC grants. 
    • Member of the International Consortium for Health Outcomes Measurement (ICHOM) Cataract Surgery Standard Set working group and a member of the Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care, Cataract Surgery Clinical Care Standard working group, 2017-2019
    • Previously Foundation Chair of Optometry and Vision Science at Flinders Univesity where he developed a new 5-year optometry double degree program.
    • Won major international awards include the Waring Medal (2006, International Society of Refractive Surgery); Borish Award (2008, American Academy of Optometry (AAO); Clay Award (2009 and 2011, AAO); International Optometrist of the Year (2018);  Collin Medal (2020, Optometry Australia) and Fry Award (2021, AAO).
    • Fellow of the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology, the American Academy of Optometry, the Australian College of Optometry and the Cornea and Contact Lens Society of Australasia
    • Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and experienced Chair and Board Member in the University and Not-for-profit sector.
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    • UNSW SHARP appointment: March 2020 - current 
  • Professor Hayden McRobbie
    National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre
    Faculty of Medicine & Health
    • ​​​​​​Leading health behaviour change expert and smoking cessation specialist with an interest in addiction and weight management behaviour change in multi-ethnic localities of high deprivation
    • Consultant in Lifestyle Medicine at Lakes District Health Board, New Zealand
    • Fellow of The Australasian Society for Lifestyle Medicine
    • Serves on Editorial Boards of Nicotine and Tobacco Research and Addiction
    • Previously Professor in Public Health Interventions in the Wolfson Institute of Preventive Medicine at Queen Mary University of London, UK; Director of The Dragon Institute in New Zealand; and consultant technical adviser to the New Zealand Ministry of Health
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    • UNSW SHARP appointment: June 2019 - current 
  • Professor Mark Parsons, FRACP (Neurology), FAHMS (Fellow of the Academy of Australian Health and Medicial Scientists)
    South Western Sydney Clinical School
    Faculty of Medicine & Health
    • Internationally recognised clinician researcher in Stroke and Neuroscience.
    • Highly sought-after speaker, instructor and mentor, both nationally and internationally, in all aspects of clinical Neuroscience.
    • Leading clinician researcher with particular expertise in Stroke clinical trials and brain imaging
    • Has a career-long track record of translating his research into clinical practice and health service delivery change.
    • New Executive Director of the NHMRC-accredited Advanced Health Research Translation Centre, SPHERE (Sydney Partnership for Health, Education, Research, and Enterprise).
    • Moved to Sydney in 2020 as SHARP Professor of Medicine and Neurology at UNSW South Western Sydney Clinical School, Liverpool Hospital, and The Ingham Institute for Applied Medical Research.
    • Established and leads a new Stroke and Neuroscience research team – The Sydney Brain Centre.
    • Conjoint Professor of Neurology at the University of Newcastle and the University of Melbourne.
    • Visiting Professor at Fudan University, Shanghai.
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    • UNSW SHARP appointment: July 2020 - current