Alfred Deakin Professors

The title of Alfred Deakin Professor is the most prestigious that the university can bestow on its staff.

2017 Alfred Deakin Professors

Below are the 2017 recipients of this title and a list of past recipients.

Professor Tracey Bucknall

Professor Bucknall joined Deakin as a joint University-Cabrini Health appointment in 2007. In 2013 she was appointed Associate Head of School (Research), School of Nursing and Midwifery and Foundational Chair in Nursing at Alfred Health.

Professor Bucknall is internationally recognised as a decision scientist. She was one of the first to study nurses’ decision making and her PhD research provided foundational knowledge on social and environment influences on practice and the subsequent impact on patient outcomes. For the past decade she has held joint clinical academic appointments that have allowed her to identify gaps in practice and target them through innovative research and teaching.

Professor Bucknall has published over 125 journal papers, 1 edited book, 12 book chapters, and 26 research reports, with an h-index of 33. She received her first NHMRC grant as an early career researcher in 2000, as a member of the first ever nursing-only Chief Investigator team to be awarded an NHMRC project grant. Over the last five years she has led two Category 1 grants and been Chief Investigator in 5 others.

She has obtained more than $11 million in competitive research funding. Since 2001, she has delivered more than 180 presentations nationally and internationally on clinical decision making, patient safety and knowledge translation, including 90 invited presentations. She has supervised or co-supervised research training for a total of 33 nursing research students.

Professor Bucknall has been a leader in curriculum development at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels. In 2008 she was appointed as HDR Coordinator and Chair of the School of Nursing and Midwifery Research and Research Training Committee. She continues to chair the Research Training Committee but stepped down as HDR Coordinator in 2013 to take up the role of Associate Head of School (Research).

Her leadership of the school research agenda and development has included establishing linkages with international and national researchers, successfully applying for Thinker in Residence funding, initiating the Critical Conversations for HDR Students program, and developing retreats for staff and research promotion activities for early and mid-career researchers. In 2013, she led a submission for the School to become a preferred research provider for the Australian Commission of Quality and Safety in Health Care. This has since resulted in numerous successful tenders for researchers in the Centre for Quality and Patient Safety (QPS) Strategic Research Centre.

Professor Bucknall was one of seven founding members of QPS. She has actively built strategic collaborations that have raised Deakin’s international and national reputation. She holds three honorary appointments; at Bangor University, Wales; The University of Southern Denmark, Denmark; and Monash University. In 2015 she co-led a cross-faculty collaboration between the School of Engineering and the School of Nursing and Midwifery in the development of a patent for a haptic Virtual Reality Intrapartum Touch Trainer (VeRITy). A haptic model for cardio-pulmonary resuscitation training has since been developed and is ready for testing and marketing. She has also made a significant contribution to Deakin’s nursing and midwifery rating in the Excellence in Research Australia (ERA), which improved to 4 (above world standard), narrowly missing out on a rating of 5 in ERA 2015.

More recently she has led a strategic Faculty of Health partnership with the Baker Heart and Diabetes Institute. As an Alfred Health research leader, she is a council member for the Alfred Medical Research and Education Precinct. She is also an active contributor to Monash Partners, one of four Australian Advanced Health Research and Translation Centres recognised by the NHMRC in 2015 as leaders in the translation of medical research to improve patient care.

Professor Bucknall has been a reviewer for ARC and NHMRC grants since 2000 and has served as a Grant Review Panel member on NHMRC Project, Translation of Research into Practice (TRIP) Fellowship and Partnership Project Schemes continuously since 2010. From 2004 -2014 Professor Bucknall served as a founding editor of Worldviews on Evidence Based Nursing, which was the highest ranked international nursing journal in 2010 and again in 2014. She has also served on a number of national advisory committees, including the Australian Commission of Quality and Safety in Health Care (ACQSHC) Technical Advisory Panel that developed the Australian Health Care Goals, the ACSQHC Recognising and Responding to Clinical Deterioration Advisory Committee, and the ACSQHC Clinical Communication Advisory Committee. She was a member of the Research Forum for the National Review of Nursing Education. In 2016 she was appointed as a Board Director of Royal Freemasons, an aged care provider with 3000 customers at home and in independent living units and residential care.

Professor Bucknall has been recognised as a leader in academic nursing nationally and internationally for a number of years. She has an excellent publication and grant record and has made significant contributions to a number of national committees. She has made an outstanding contribution to the development of nursing research at Deakin and has been active in teaching and learning in the School of Nursing.

Professor Chris Doucouliagos

Professor Chris Doucouliagos joined Deakin as an Associate Lecturer in 1985 and promoted to Professor in 2004. Professor Doucouliagos led the Department of Economics from 2012-2014 and held the role of Associate Head of School from 2005 – 2007. He is currently Chair in Economics in the Department of Economics.

He has an international reputation as an applied economist and is ranked in the top 1.4% of all authors globally in the RePEC global rankings and ranked 27 in Australasia. In terms of significant citations,: Google Scholar = 6121; h-index =34; i10-index = 55; and Scopus h-index =22.

Professor Doucouliagos has published in leading journals in economics, health economics, industrial relations, statistics, and political science, e.g. the Economic Journal (top 10 in economics), Industrial Relations (a top journal in industrial relations), American Journal of Political Science (number two in political science), Statistics in Medicine (a leading journas in its field), and Journal of Health Economics (leading journal in its field). He has had 10 A* Economic journal publications since 2010.  Alongside this, Professor Doucouliagos has been involved in a number of successful grants over the last 10 years including one from the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research for $770,000.

Professor Doucouliagos is an outstanding research leader. He led the establishment of The Deakin Laboratory for the Meta-Analysis of Research (DeLMAR) and is a joint Director. This Lab brings together scholars from across Deakin involved with meta-analysis and research synthesis for the development and application of methods that are shared across research problems in the social and natural sciences and for producing evidence-based knowledge that can inform policy across disciplinary boundaries. DeLMAR will be a unique laboratory in Australia, one of only a few such entities globally. It will be officially launched in October 2017.

Professor Doucouliagos’ research has been acknowledged internationally:

  • His research on the USA minimum wage cited by the White House and by the US Congressional Budget Office. It formed part of President Obama’s drive to increase the Federal minimum wage and contributed to increasing the pay of millions of US workers.
  • His research on foreign aid is influential, receiving hundreds of citations and cited in the Economist.
  • He has been instrumental in developing global protocols for conducting and reporting meta-analysis in economics and business. These are now the standard in this literature.

Professor Doucouliagos received the Deakin Business School Outstanding Teaching Award for 2016.

Professor John Grundy

Professor Grundy has been the Pro Vice-Chancellor ICT Innovation and Translation and Professor of Software Engineering since joining Deakin in 2016.

Professor Grundy is recognised internationally as a leading researcher in software engineering, as evidenced by international recognition of his research, educational contributions and leadership. This includes receiving the Award of Fellow of Automated Software Engineering by the IEEE/ACM International Conference on Automated Software Engineering (ASE) Steering Committee in 2012, for contributions to ASE research and the ASE community as well as the Award of the 2014 IEEE Technical Council on Software Engineering Distinguished Educator award, for contributions to Australasian and International SE education. Professor Grundy also had more papers published in the ASE conference series, one of the top three international conferences in Software Engineering, than anyone else in the world, as documented in the ACM Digital Library for the conference series.

Professor Grundy took on the roles of Associate Editor in Chief of IEEE Transactions on Software Engineering, the top journal in Software Engineering and Steering Committee member for the ASE and VL/HCC conferences (two of the top conferences in his speciality areas of research). He was elected President of Computing Research and Education in 2013 and 2014 and was awarded Fellow of Engineers Australian in 2012.

Professor Grundy served on the ARC College of Experts (2015-17) and ERA 2012 MIC Evaluation panel, Professor Grundy also holds an outstanding publication record: Professor Grundy is the top researcher in Software Engineering in Australasia. He has over 350 refereed journal and conference publications, 4 edited books and according to Google Scholar an h-index of 41 and over 6,500 citations, including nearly 3,000 in the past 5 years, commensurate with leading software engineering researchers in the world.

Professor Grundy also has an outstanding competitive and industry grant funding record, with 8 ARC Grants since his arrival in Australia at the end of 2009 (4 as lead CI), leader or co-leader of many New Zealand grants, and over $16 million total research and R&D project funding to date from government and industry sources. Very recently Deakin was awarded an Australian Research Council Industrial Transformation Research Hub, the bid for which was led by Professor Grundy and will attract almost $3 million over five years.

Professor Grundy’s research and education contributions were achieved while fulfilling many significant leadership roles over the past 16 years including:

  • PVC ICT Innovation & Translation at Deakin University (2016-17)
  • Dean of School of Software and Electrical Engineering (2014-15)
  • Head of Academic Group (Department) Computer Science and Software Engineering
  • (2010-2013) and Deputy Chair
  • University Courses Committee (2013-14) at Swinburne University of Technology
  • Head of Department, Electrical and Computer Engineering (2008-9)
  • Deputy Head of Department Research (2006-7)
  • Director of Software Engineering (2002-4) at the University of Auckland.

Professor Grundy exemplifies the ideal academic; an outstanding researcher who simultaneously provides outstanding service to his profession and his institution.

Professor Beverley Oliver

Professor Oliver was appointed as Pro Vice-Chancellor Learning Futures in 2012 and Deputy Vice-Chancellor Education in 2013. She leads Deakin’s education strategy to advance the Deakin Promise to offer 'a brilliant education where you are and where you want to go’.

Professor Oliver also researches and publishes in areas associated with graduate employability, graduate skills and capabilities, assessment and evidence of learning, digital credentialing, curriculum reform and digital innovation. Her expertise has been recognised through two national Citations for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning and several nationally funded grants and fellowships, including a National Teaching Fellowship (Assuring Graduate Capabilities $350,000) completed in 2015, a Teaching Fellowship (Benchmarking Partnerships for Graduate Employability) in 2010.

It is testament to Beverley’s expertise and determination that she has been able to lead Deakin’s innovative and ambitious learning and teaching agenda and maintain her research output.

Professor Christine Ure

Professor Ure commenced her career at Deakin in 2012 as Head of the School of Education. In the 2017 Quacquarelli Symonds discipline rankings Education was ranked 28 in the world (up from 31 in the 2016 ranking) and remains ranked at 5th in Australia.

Professor Ure is a leader in the national debate around teacher education reform and led the Victorian debate in her capacity as President of the Victorian Council of Deans of Education. One of the major reforms in teacher education led by Professor Ure is Deakin’s Teach for Australia Initiative 2015-2018 which is a partnership with Teach for Australia and the Commonwealth Government for the delivery of Deakin’s Master of Teaching to approximately 450 schools across Australia, including many regional and remote schools. This has set a new standard and approach to sustainable and partnership based teacher education for Australia. Under Professor Ure’s leadership, the School of Education plans to extend the model over the next few years so that this operating approach to professional experience and industry partnership will replace the more traditional practicum model for around 5,000 preservice teachings each year.

She is also a member of the Victorian Government Teacher Supply and Demand Reference Group and the Minister’s Expert Panel for Schools. She also has oversight of the Skilling the Bay Project, Successful Students – STEM Program, designed to build teaching capability in secondary schools and encourage student awareness and future employment opportunities in STEM related industries. She was also a named investigator of a major research consultancy involving the professional development of senior educational managers in Vietnam valued at over AU$220,000 during 2016.

Professor Ure contributes expertise in research and development in the areas of learning and teaching and curriculum and has extensive experience in the management of teacher education projects in Australia, Singapore, the United Arab Emirates, India and Vietnam. Her most recent research and development activities have focused on how learning goals and the design of services and programs meet the educational needs of users and systems.

Professor Ure has made a significant contribution to the teacher education reform agenda in Australia and has defined a most useful role for Deakin in that reform. She has further developed the national and international reputation of the School of Education and is viewed as one of the Australia's experts in Initial Teacher Education.

Past Alfred Deakin Professor recipients


  • Professor Maxine Duke
  • Professor Ferdi Gul
  • Professor Baogang He
  • Professor Marcel Klaassen
  • Professor Ingrid Nielsen
  • Professor Yin Paradies
  • Professor Guang Shi
  • Professor Anna Timperio
  • Professor Russell Tytler
  • Professor David Watters


  • Professor Mirko Bagaric
  • Professor Neil Barnett
  • Professor Colin Barrow
  • Professor Ian Chen


  • Professor Mike Ewing
  • Professor Matthew Barnett
  • Professor Kylie Ball
  • Professor Clare Bradford
  • Professor Graeme Hays
  • Professor Ivan Stojmenovic


  • Professor Rob Carter – Faculty of Health
  • Professor Wanlei Zhou – Faculty of Science, Engineering and Built Environment
  • Professor Jo Salmon – Faculty of Health


  • Professor Michael Berk – Faculty of Health
  • Professor John Endler – Faculty of Science, Engineering and Built Environment
  • Professor Maria Forsyth – Institute for Frontier Materials
  • Professor Fethi Mansouri – Faculty of Arts and Education
  • Professor Michael Polonsky – Faculty of Business and Law
  • Professor Svetha Venkatesh – Faculty of Science, Engineering and Built Environment


  • Professor Jill Blackmore – Faculty of Arts and Education
  • Professor Mari Botti – Faculty of Health
  • Professor Paresh Narayan – Faculty of Business and Law
  • Professor David Walker – Faculty of Arts and Education


  • Professor Marita McCabe – Faculty of Health


  • Professor Boyd Swinburn – Faculty of Health


  • Professor David Crawford – Faculty of Health


  • Professor Xungai Wang – Institute for Frontier Materials
  • Professor Saeid Nahavandi – Centre for Intelligent Systems Research, Deakin Research


  • Professor Julian Mercer – Faculty of Science, Engineering and Built Environment