Professor Linda Kristjanson AO


Professor Linda Kristjanson AO, Vice-Chancellor

Professor Linda Kristjanson AO is Vice-Chancellor of Swinburne, since May 2011.

Professor Kristjanson guides Swinburne’s vision to be a world-class university creating social and economic impact through science, technology and innovation. She is leading Swinburne’s program of change. This will consolidate Swinburne as an internationally-recognised university that delivers quality research and teaching excellence.

Her academic career spans three decades across Australia, Canada and the United States. Professor Kristjanson is the former Deputy Vice-Chancellor Research and Development at Curtin University (2006-2011). She has an extensive research career in palliative care. She was 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 held seats on a number of Cooperative Research Centre Boards. They include 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. It aims to support the development of Australia’s radio astronomy capability. The bid for the international Square Kilometre Array Project was during her tenure.

Professor Kristjanson is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. She 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 received more than $30 million in competitive research funding. Funding was from national bodies in Canada, USA and Australia. She has published more than 200 refereed publications.

In 2002 Professor Kristjanson was named the Australian Telstra Business Woman of the Year. It was a 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. In 2017 Professor Kristjanson was made an Officer of the Order of Australia in the 2017 Queen’s Birthday honours list. She was recognised for her distinguished service to tertiary education through leadership and governance roles, strategic and innovative university reforms, contributions to cancer research and palliative care, and to women.