Leonora Risse is an economist who specialises in gender equality. She is a Associate Professor in Economics at the University of Canberra, a Research Fellow with the Women’s Leadership Institute Australia, and an Expert Panel member on gender pay equity at the Fair Work Commission. She has served as a Senior Research Economist with the Australian Government Productivity Commission and spent time as a Research Fellow with the Women and Public Policy Program at Harvard University. She is a co-founder and former National Chair of the Women in Economics Network in Australia.

Leonora’s research focuses on gender gaps in the workforce, including the gender pay gap and women’s under-representation in leadership. She focuses on identifying evidence-based ways to close gender gaps and applying a ‘gender lens’ to economic analysis and policy design. Her areas of expertise extend to labour economics, demographics, economic psychology, disadvantage and wellbeing.

Leonora holds a PhD in Economics, Bachelor of Economics with Honours and Bachelor of Arts from the University of Queensland.

In 2021 she was named as one of Apolitical’s 100 Most Influential People in Gender Policy.

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