Associate Professor Inger Mewburn

Director of Researcher Development
Office of the Dean of Higher Degree by Research


Associate Professor Inger Mewburn (better known as @thesiswhisperer) is the director of researcher development at ANU . She oversees professional development workshops and programs for all ANU researchers. Aside from creating new posts on the Thesis Whisperer blog, she writes scholarly papers, books and book chapters about academia and research education, with a special interest in post PhD employability. She is the co-inventor of the PostAc platform. You find out more on her Wikipedia entry, Linkedin profile, Amazon author page, or view a selection of her on the Thesis Whisperer About page. A full list of her scholarly work is available via her Google Scholar page or OrcidID.


I would like to join Council in service of the ANU community because I'm passionate about helping people reach their potential and helping to create a kinder, more inclusive academy. I'm well known for my strong ethical stance on transparency and fairness, which I bring to everything I do. As a sector, higher education is entering a very difficult time. The university is its people: but some are more easily forgotten than others. I want us to support all our people, including the precariously employed. The current crisis is a slow burn and the effects will be with us for years. Decision making is going to be complex. We need creative thinking and vision and I can bring these qualities to the role, along with my research background in higher education policy and practice.