Research Team

  • Kim Rubenstein

    Principal Investigator

    Professor Kim Rubenstein

    Kim Rubenstein is Professor and Director of the Centre for International and Public Law (CIPL) in the ANU College of Law; Australian National University. Kim’s current research projects are at the cutting edge of the intersection between public and international law.

    She is the co-series editor of the Cambridge University Press series Connecting International with Public law. Her public law work spans constitutional and administrative law; and also includes her expertise in citizenship law. Her work analyses the legal status of citizen; and considered the differences between that formal notion and the broader normative understanding of citizenship as membership of a community. Her book; Australian Citizenship Law in Context (Lawbook; 2002) represents much of that core work; looking at the disjuncture between the exclusive legal notion and the more inclusive normative understanding of citizenship. In 2002-2003 she was based at Georgetown University Law Center; having won the prestigious Fulbright Senior Scholar award to study the status of nationality in an international law context. Kim initiated an international research network on feminism and constitutional law and; in 2004 and 2006 ran workshops looking at issues of feminism and federalism with participants from the US; Canada and Australia. Her international law research continues with the work she was developing at Georgetown and she has been invited to various international workshops and conferences to present her work. Kim is a graduate of the University of Melbourne and Harvard Law School. Her graduate work at Harvard was supported by the Sir Robert Menzies Scholarship to Harvard; a Fulbright postgraduate award; and a Queen Elizabeth Jubilee Trust award. Kim’s interests also encompass teaching (where she has co-authored a book on Feedback) and the broader field of education; particularly women’s education. She is currently completing a biography of Joan Montgomery OBE; former Principal of Presbyterian Ladies College Melbourne; and an influential educator. In addition to her scholarly work; Kim has made a significant contribution to the greater community. She has done so through media work and public community education. In the practical legal sphere; Kim has made significant contributions to the jurisprudence in citizenship. She was a member of the Independent Committee appointed by the Minister for Immigration and Citizenship to review the Australian Citizenship Test in 2008 and she has appeared three times in the High Court of Australia on citizenship matters; with her work cited in the judgment of Singh v Commonwealth (2004)

  • Louise Baker

    PhD Student

    Louise Baker

    Louise Baker completed her PhD in Informatics, as a student of the College of Law at The Australian National University, Canberra. Louise’s thesis utilised computation to analyse the networks of a select group of trailblazing women lawyers (those who have achieved ‘a first’ in the law), from several jurisdictions around Australia, with a focus on members of the judiciary. The query ‘shortest path’ (graph database Neo4j) revealed three key nodes central to this lawyering network: Single-Sex Education, Mentor/Mentoring and membership or involvement in a professional association, in this case, the Australian Women Lawyers Association (WLA).

  • Kevin Bradley

    Partner Investigator

    Kevin Bradley

    Kevin Bradley has worked in the field of oral history, sound archiving and digital preservation for nearly 30 years, primarily for the National Library of Australia. Currently Curator of Oral History and Folklore and Director of Sound and Audiovisual Preservation, his previous appointments include a role as the Sustainability Advisor on the Australian Partnership for Sustainable Repositories (APSR), a DEST funded partnership. Previous to this he has been Manager of the Sound Preservation and Technical Services, Manager of Digital Preservation and Acting Director of Preservation, NLA.

    His standing in the field is recognized by the positions he holds in peak bodies: He has been President of the International Association of Sound and Audio Visual Archives (IASA) currently past President and member of the Executive board, Vice Chair of the Technical Committee, editor and a contributor for the “TC04 Guidelines on the Production and Preservation of Digital Audio Objects”, 1st edition 2004 by IASA, and 2nd edition March 2009 and launched at the British Library, currently editing the guidelines for video standards. He is past president of the Australasian Sound Recordings Association, edited the ASRA Journal for a number of editions in 2001-2007, and was a member of the National Film and Sound Archive Steering Committee 2004-2008. He is a Member of the UNESCO Memory of the World Sub Committee on Technology and the UNESCO Information for All Programme Technical Committee. He has prepared a number of publications for UNESCO through that group.

  • Larissa Halonkin

    Legal Researcher

    Larissa Halonkin

    Larissa Halonkin completed a BA (Hons); LLB (Hons) and Masters of Public Policy and Management at the University of Melbourne.  Larissa completed articles and worked as a solicitor in the Industrial Relations and Employment practice at Ashurst.  From 2003 until 2005 she was the Associate to the Hon. Justice Habersberger in the Supreme Court of Victoria.  From 2005 onwards Larissa worked in the Victorian Public Service, including a policy role at the Department of Premier and Cabinet, Office of the Public Advocate and a legal policy role in the Department of Justice.  Larissa is currently the Researcher and Legal Consultant on the ‘Trailblazing Women and the Law Project’.

  • Nikki Henningham


    Dr Nikki Henningham

    Dr Nikki Henningham is a historian with a focus on Australian women’s oral history and writing the lives of the living for online publication. She has undertaken many oral history projects for the National Library of Australia’s Oral History and Folklore Branch.  At the ESRC she has been building the Australian Women’s Archives Project as the Executive Officer since 2003, and more recently has begun work on the first online encyclopedia of Australian Women and Leadership. Dr Nikki Henningham received the National Archives of Australia’s Ian McLean award in 2005 for her work in locating records relating the experience of migrant women in Australia.

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  • Gavan McCarthy

    Chief Investigator

    Associate Professor Gavan McCarthy

    Gavan McCarthy has worked at the University of Melbourne in and around archives since 1978. In 2007, he was appointed Director of the eScholarship Research Centre in the University Library and in 2013 was appointed Associate Professor. He was Director of the Australian Science and Technology Heritage Centre (1999-2006) and led the Australian Science Archives Project (1985-1999), both in the Department of History and Philosophy of Science, Faculty of Arts, University of Melbourne. His research, predominantly based on action research methodologies, covers the history and archives of Australian science, contextual information frameworks, archival science and the preservation of knowledge, and the utilisation of network science in social and cultural informatics.

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  • Helen Morgan

    Chief Investigator

    Helen Morgan

    Helen Morgan’s research focus is on cultural informatics, social media/Web 2.0 technologies and scholarly communication in digital/networked environments. She has significant experience at working in collaborative research teams using digital technologies, with particular emphasis on building resilient contextual information frameworks, exploring the challenges and requirements of mapping cultural heritage in digital/networked environments and the transfer of knowledge between researchers, memory institutions and the community. She has worked as exhibition designer and collaboratively as information architect on the Australian Women’s Archives Project’s online Register since its inception in 2000. The Register was the first external online resource of significance harvested into the National Library of Australia’s national online discovery service, Trove.

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