Alfred Deakin Professors

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

Alfred Deakin Professors

Alfred Deakin

Below are the current 2019 recipients of this title and a list of past recipients:

Professor Brett Bryan

Alfred Deakin Professor Brett Bryan

Professor Bryan joined Deakin in 2017 as Professor of Global Change, Environment, and Society.

Professor Bryan has published 121 papers during his career – 29 during his time at Deakin. His papers have been cited 5500 times with a H index of 44 (Google Scholar). He is the only Deakin staff member to be a lead author of two publications in Nature (in 2017 and 2018). Professor Bryan’s career research income is over $17m, with $1m awarded since joining Deakin.

Research translation is a feature of Professor Bryan’s approach to scholarship, illustrated by his invitations to advise governments (e.g. SA DEWNR, Vic DELWP, Murray Darling Basin Authority) and its impact on shaping policy (Emissions Reduction Fund, Vic Zero Net Emissions by 2050, Carbon Neutral Adelaide etc.). He is regularly invited to give presentations including to the Chinese Academy of Science (Beijing) and Murray-Darling Basin Authority (Canberra).

Professor Bryan’s additional noteworthy contributions and achievements include being a finalist in the Australian Museum Eureka Prize for Interdisciplinary Research 2017 for developing the LUTO (Land Use Trade-Offs) model of Australian land use futures for use in the Australian National Outlook, the 2018 Publons Peer Review Award for being in the top 1% of peer reviewers in his field and serving on journal editorial boards including Socio-Ecological Practice Research.

At the school level, Professor Bryan contributes to undergraduate teaching as Unit Chair for SLE308 Policy Instruments for Sustainability, as Course Director of the Masters of Sustainability and as supervisor of two postdoctoral research fellows and nine PhD students.

Professor Bryan recently led a major research collaboration of Australian and Chinese scientists reviewing China’s recent investment in sustainability. His effort, described by the Editor-in-Chief of Landscape Ecology as ‘monumental’, has resulted in a landmark 12-page Perspective in Nature, ‘China’s response to a national land-system sustainability emergency’ (2018). The partnership involved 19 scientists from 16 individual institutions from Australia, China, and the US including Deakin University, CSIRO, Beijing Normal University, and the Chinese Academy of Sciences, with funding support from the Australian Government. Professor Bryan designed the study, led the research, managed relationships and coordinated the diversity of high-level research contributions. He integrated inputs from multidisciplinary experts covering the vast Chinese geography and a broad range of sustainability contexts including forests and grasslands, hydrology, ecology and biodiversity conservation, cropping and livestock, soils, drylands and environmental policy.

The research has already had impact. China’s National English language newspaper China Daily interviewed Professor Bryan about new directions for China’s environmental policy to underpin discussions of future directions at the pivotal Two Sessions forum of the Chinese Central Government. The partnership and interpersonal relationships developed by Professor Bryan during the three-year research collaboration have also led to other benefits for Deakin. Professor Bryan has been invited back to China several times to present the research including as a keynote speaker at the 6th International Forum on Landscape Sustainability Science in Beijing and to give an invited presentation to the Chinese Academy of Sciences.

Professor Matthew Groves

Professor Matthew Groves joined Deakin in February 2019 as Professor of Law. He previously held a Research Chair in the La Trobe University Law School and prior to that spent 15 years in the Law School at Monash University.

Professor Groves is one of Australia’s leading public scholars and is highly respected throughout the common law, most notably in Canada, New Zealand and the United Kingdom. His primary field of expertise is judicial review and he co-authors one of Australia’s most respected legal texts Judicial Review of Administrative Action and Government (2017 Thomas Reuters), now in its sixth edition.

Professor Groves has written or edited more than 60 articles and 10 books on prison discipline, human rights, immigration law and statutory interpretation. Professor Groves’ scholarship is routinely cited in senior appellate courts throughout the common law world and led to his appointment to the Commonwealth Administrative Review Council (the peak federal administrative law body) among many other advisory positions. He is the editor the Australian Journal of Administrative Law, supervises a number of post graduate students and is a reviewer of Australian Research Council grant applications.

Professor Groves’ expertise in and impact on public law throughout the Commonwealth – and the Australian legal profession more generally – was recognised in 2014 when he was elected a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Law.

Professor Alison Hutchinson

Alfred Deakin Professor Alison Hutchinson

Professor Alison Hutchinson joined Deakin in 2010 as Associate Professor in the Cabrini – Deakin Centre for Nursing Research. In January 2013 Professor Hutchinson became the Chair in Nursing and Director of the Centre for Nursing Research – Deakin University and Monash Health Partnership. She has been the Deputy Director of the Centre for Quality and Patient Safety (QPS) since 2012 and was recently appointed as the Co-Director of QPS.

Professor Hutchinson’s research interests centre on knowledge translation (research utilisation) in the healthcare setting and she has a particular interest in the influence of organisational context and interdisciplinary interaction on the uptake of research evidence by health professionals.

Professor Hutchinson is a member of the international editorial boards for journals Implementation Science and Worldviews on Evidence-Based Nursing. Professor Hutchinson has attracted competitive research funding from Alberta Heritage Foundation for Medical Research and Canadian Institutes of Health Research in Canada, the Australian Research Council and the Australian Department of Health.

Professor Hutchinson has authored over 90 journal papers, 9 book chapters and 16 research reports. She has an h-index of 27 (Google Scholar) which is outstanding for a nursing academic by international comparators. She has obtained more than $5.5m in research funding with over $500,000 as Chief Investigator. Since 2001 she has delivered over 120 presentations nationally and internationally on knowledge translation, patient safety, tri-focal model of care and care for the elderly. She has supervised or co-supervised research training for a total of 27 nursing research students. Her expertise in implementation science and knowledge translation attracts researchers from across the faculty and university who seek her advice for their projects.

Professor Hutchinson has been a leader in both undergraduate and postgraduate teaching. Despite her research-only role as Chair in Nursing in a University Health Service partnership she has selflessly taken on unit chair roles in research training, aged care nursing and nursing leadership units in the Master of Advanced Nursing degree program. She worked tirelessly with the Health Pod to produce the highly successful MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) in aged care on FutureLearn and she continues to monitor this FutureLearn offering. She is an extremely supportive member of the school’s professoriate. She mentors numerous junior staff and epitomises quiet, effective leadership. She has been a member of Sigma Theta Tau International (an International Honour Society of Nurses) since 2006. Professor Hutchinson has been a member of the Deakin University Faculty of Health Human Ethics Research Advisory Group since 2010.

Professor Hutchinson was a panel member and Chair of the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Translating Research Into Practice (TRIP) Fellowship from 2015 to 2017 and an external reviewer of Australian Research Council (ARC) Discovery and Linkage grants in 2012 and 2013. She has also served on many committees including Cabrini Research Institute Council, Monash Partners Ethics and Governance Working Group, Department of Health and Human Services Better Resident Care Together Program and Uniting AgeWell. Professor Hutchinson also chairs the Clinical Governance Committee for the Board of AgeWell Uniting Care.

Professor Hutchinson 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 the Faculty of Health, the School of Nursing and Midwifery, the Centre for Quality and Patient Safety, the nursing and midwifery disciplines of Monash Health, and these disciplines nationally and internationally as well as numerous committees. She has made an outstanding contribution to the development of nursing research, teaching and learning at Deakin.

Professor Craig Olsson

Alfred Deakin Professor Craig Olsson

Professor Olsson is a life-course epidemiologist specialising in populated based longitudinal studies of child and adolescent development. He holds a National Health and Medical Research Council Fellowship (Investigator Grant 2020–2024) and prior to this was a recipient of an Australian Research Council Discovery Outstanding Researcher Award.

He leads one of Australia's longest running studies of social-emotional development, the ATP Generation 3 Study, which has followed over 2000 young Australians from infancy, to childhood, to adolescence, to young adulthood and into parenting the next generation since 1983. He is actively involved in a number of other long standing national and international cohort studies, most notably the Triple B Pregnancy Cohort Study (est. 2010), the International Youth Development Study (est. 2002), the Victorian Intergenerational Cohort Study (est. 1992), the Norwegian HUNT Study (est.1984), and the Dunedin Multidisciplinary Health and Development Parenting Study (est. 1972).

Professor Olsson is National Convenor of the Australian Research Alliance for Children and Youth (ARACY) Longitudinal Studies Network, directs the Deakin Centre for Social and Early Emotional Development and co-convenes the Murdoch Children's Research Institute LifeCourse initiative.

Professor Julie Owens

Professor Julie Owens joined Deakin as Deputy Vice-Chancellor Research in December 2018. She was previously the Pro Vice-Chancellor (Research Strategy) at the University of Adelaide, a position she had held since 2015.

Professor Owens has a long list of strategic research leadership achievements, including co-establishing international research networks, establishing the South Australian statewide Women’s and Child Health Network of hospitals and Women’s and Child Health Research Alliance. She is a peer reviewer for the National Health and Medical Research Council and the Australian Research Council and, as a Director of the Australian Society for Medical Research, she is an advocate for national research funding, policy and strategies.

Professor Owens has over $17 million in external research funding and 213 publications with an extremely strong impact rating (H-index of 57).

Past Alfred Deakin Professor recipients


Awarded Alfred Deakin Professorship

  • Professor Margaret (Leigh) Ackland
  • Professor David Boud
  • Professor Brenda Cherednichenko
  • Professor Matthew Clarke
  • Professor Wei Duan
  • Professor David Lowe
  • Professor Marj Moodie
  • Professor Julianne Moss


Awarded Alfred Deakin Professorship

  • Professor Tracey Bucknall
  • Professor Chris Doucouliagos
  • Professor John Grundy
  • Professor Beverley Oliver
  • Professor Christine Ure


    Awarded Alfred Deakin Professorship

  • 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


    Awarded Alfred Deakin Professorship

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


    Awarded Alfred Deakin Professorship

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


    Awarded Alfred Deakin Professorship

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


    Awarded Alfred Deakin Professorship

  • 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


    Awarded Alfred Deakin Professorship

  • 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


    Awarded Alfred Deakin Professorship

  • Professor Marita McCabe – Faculty of Health


    Awarded Alfred Deakin Professorship

  • Professor Boyd Swinburn – Faculty of Health


    Awarded Alfred Deakin Professorship

  • Professor David Crawford – Faculty of Health


    Awarded Alfred Deakin Professorship

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


    Awarded Alfred Deakin Professorship

  • Professor Peter Hodgson – Institute for Frontier Materials
  • Professor Julian Mercer – Faculty of Science, Engineering and Built Environment