Professor Linda Kristjanson AO


Professor Linda Kristjanson AO, Vice-Chancellor

Professor Linda Kristjanson AO is Vice-Chancellor and President 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. Under her leadership, Swinburne has consolidated its position as an internationally-ranked university known for delivering high quality, relevant research and educating confident, future-ready graduates.

Professor Kristjanson is Chair of the Board of the Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre. She is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and Australian Academy of Technology and Engineering. Her academic career spans three decades across Australia, Canada and the United States. Before her current role, Professor Kristjanson was Deputy Vice-Chancellor Research and Development at Curtin University (2006-2011). She has an extensive research career in palliative care and was the inaugural Chair of Palliative Care, funded by the Cancer Council of Western Australia (2001-2006).

Professor Kristjanson was a member of the Board of the National Health and Medical Research Council (2003-2006). She has served as Non-Executive Director of a number of boards including the Cooperative Research Centre for Spatial Information and the Australian Biosecurity CRC for Emerging Infectious Diseases. In 2002, Professor Kristjanson was named the Australian Telstra Business Woman of the Year in recognition of her entrepreneurial work in health, science and innovation.  She was Chair of AuScope (2008-2017) and served as Non-Executive Director of AARNET, the Australian Synchrotron Holding Company Ltd., and the International Centre for Radioastronomy Research. Professor Kristjanson was a member of the Australian Aged Care Workforce Strategy Taskforce (2017-2018).

In 2007, she was awarded the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada Balfour Mount Professorship in Palliative Medicine. She received a lifetime achievement award in 2012 from the Bethlehem Griffith Research Foundation.   

In 2017, Professor Kristjanson was made an Officer of the Order of Australia, in honour of 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.