Professor Susan Dodds

Professor Susan Dodds, FAHA, is the Senior Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Vice-President (Research and Industry Engagement) and Professor of Philosophy at La Trobe University. Her research addresses issues in social and political philosophy and ethics, and she is recognised internationally for her leadership in research ethics and public policy development related to emerging medical technologies. She is a fellow of the Australian Academy of the Humanities.

At La Trobe University, she provides strategic leadership and oversight of the University’s research and industry engagement including: research excellence, the graduate research experience, research infrastructure, industry partnerships, research commercialisation and researcher support. As Senior Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Vice-President, she is Vice- Chancellor Professor John Dewar’s standing Acting Vice-Chancellor. After completing her Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy and Political Science at the University of Toronto, Susan came to La Trobe University where she completed her PhD in philosophy. She has held senior roles at the University of Wollongong, the University of Tasmania and the University of New South Wales.

She is a member of the Australian Research Council Advisory Committee. In 2022 she was appointed by Education Minister, Jason Clare, to the panel reviewing the ARC Act (2001). She has also been Chair of the Universities Australia DVC Research Committee, Chair of the Board of the Australasian Association of Philosophy and served on the Australian Health Ethics Committee of the NHMRC.

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