Dr Leonora Risse is an experienced applied economist exploring gender differentials in the labour market and how we can achieve a more inclusive and balanced workforce.
labour economics, economic psychology, gender equality, economics of education
With a research background spanning labour economics, demography, health and education, Dr Risse has a particular interest in economic psychology and how this explains labour market inequalities such as the gender pay gap.
By studying how a person’s confidence, ambitions and job aspirations shape their study and career choices, Dr Risse’s research helps to identify barriers for women in the workplace and ways to create a more inclusive and balanced workforce composition.
Dr Risse previously worked as a Senior Research Economist at the Australian Productivity Commission where she gained experience in applied economic policymaking and evaluation.
Dr Risse earned her PhD from the University of Queensland in 2008. Her PhD thesis was one of the first studies in Australia to examine the issue of paid maternity leave and the baby bonus policy from an economist’s point of view.
Dr Risse was awarded a Vice Chancellor's Postdoctoral Fellowship in 2017, aligned with College of Business, in the School of Economics, Finance and Marketing.