2019 Scholars


Supervisor: Michael Welsey, Professor of International Affairs and Dean of the College of Asia and the Pacific.

Fiona joined the Australian Public Service in 2002 working as a Psychologist across both state and federal government. Fiona’s experiences have broadly focused on risk assessment and driven her interest in better understanding extremist violence. She is passionate about applying research to real-world contexts and improving evidence-based knowledge to inform decision-making.

Fiona’s doctoral research will investigate the use of structured professional judgement to indirectly, but reliably, identify, triage and manage risk associated with extremist violence. Being able to better differentiate factors salient to risk in an Australian context provides opportunities for early identification, intervention and disengagement.



Therese joined Defence Science and Technology Organisation (now Group) in 1999, initially in the Amphibious and Mine Warfare Group contributing to a range of projects from capability development studies, developing exemplar command decision aid algorithms, and participating in numerous domestic and international amphibious exercises. After an attachment to the Maritime Warfare Centre in the UK and successful completion of higher studies in applied mathematics, Therese worked with Special Operations Command assisting in the design, development and delivery of science and technology outcomes critical for ensuring capability relevance is maintained in an increasingly complex, ambiguous environment. During that time she expanded her professional skills by undertaking further biotechnology study, combining a personal passion with improving her ability to contribute to Whole of Government options in this ever rapidly expanding field.

Therese’s PhD will investigate third generation sequencing technologies and complimentary development of bioinformatic tools in order to improve discovery and monitoring of pathogenic, emerging and engineered viruses of national security concern. These improved capabilities will be critical in informing policy and response development for known and emerging pathogens, contributing to the Whole of Government ability to avert catastrophic bioterrorism events or minimise their impact.



Updated:  29 January 2019/ Responsible Officer:  Foundation Director/ Page Contact:  Sir Roland Wilson Foundation