Lía Acosta Rueda
Lía Acosta Rueda is a Research Coordinator at the Future of Work Lab. Lía is an economist with expertise in public policy, gender, and monitoring and evaluation. She is interested in using quantitative and qualitative methodologies to contribute to the effectiveness of social programs. Prior to joining the Future of Work Lab, Lía provided technical assistance for the design of impact evaluations of social policies in Mexico. Lía holds a Master in Development Studies from the University of Melbourne.
Sophie Squires is a Research Coordinator at The Future of Work Lab. She is an anthropologist with an interest in systemic inequality, gender and technological disruption. Sophie has a Master of Social Policy from the University of Melbourne.
Peter's role as a Research Fellow in the Future of Work Lab is centred on exploring patterns of internal migration to regional Victoria and understanding how the movement of human capital is central to the development of innovation eco-systems at the local level. He has previously been engaged as a Lecturer in Public Management in the School for Social and Political Sciences, where he taught into the Master of Public Policy and Management program. Peter’s PhD research was predominantly focussed in the area of organisation studies, specifically the deconstruction the embodied masculine norms associated with leadership. He is also a founding director of the leadership development consultancy, Cultural Value. Peter’s top tip for surviving lockdown is to dust off your sewing machine and join the sewcialist movement! Find an Expert
Dr Joshua Newn is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the School of Computing and Information Systems, a sub-school within the Faculty of Engineering and IT at the University of Melbourne. His affiliation is with the Human-Computer Interaction research group, where he specialises in designing, developing, and evaluating human-centred AI. His primary area of research leverages emerging technologies and innovative methods to improve the overall user experience when interacting with AI. Joshua’s research interests span across a wide range of areas, including the applications of novel inputs technologies to support human-AI interaction, multimodal sensing for cognition- and context-aware AI systems for health and learning applications, and the design and evaluation of Explainable AI (XAI) interfaces.
Prashan Madumal is a researcher in the School of Computing and Information Systems at The University of Melbourne. His primary area of expertise is in artificial intelligence, with particular focus on Explainable AI, Reinforcement Learning, Causal Learning and Human-AI Interaction. My thesis explored how actions, behaviors and decisions of sequential decision making agents (e.g. reinforcement learning agents) can be explained using causal models.
Julie Youssef teaches in Criminology and Social and Political Sciences at the University of Melbourne. Her research focuses on the migration, governance, and detention of queer people in the Middle East and North Africa, with a particular interest in the impacts of colonialism in the formation and representation of queer identity. She is currently working alongside Orygen Centre for Youth Mental Health and Telethon Kids Institute to investigate QTPOC experiences of accessing mental health care and clinicians’ experiences of delivering care to this group. Julie holds a Master of Social Policy from the University of Melbourne.
Sheilla Njoto is a PhD Scholar at the Centre for Artificial Intelligence and Digital Ethics (CAIDE) under the University of Melbourne and a Research Associate at Future of Work Lab. She is also an independent Strategic Consultant, providing tailored advice to NGOs, NFPs and Governments for various policy or project strategies. In 2020, she and her remarkable partners established a not-for-profit company, Generation: Politics (Gen: Politics Ltd), aimed at connecting young people with politics by making public policy more accessible. Previously, she has worked at one of the Big 4 consulting firms, providing advice to the Government on redesigning the national digital economy policy targeted towards inclusivity and accessibility. Sheilla is interested in the impact of AI on women and minority groups and in redefining the meaning of technology as a means to achieve social goals. Her research projects investigate how algorithms introduce, perpetuate and exacerbate discrimination across gender and race in different settings, especially in the context of labour market.
Lauren Ryan is a Research Fellow and PhD Candidate at the University of Melbourne with expertise in gender and development, women’s economic insecurity, caregiving, unpaid labour, parental leave policies and the gendered implications of the future of work. She holds a Masters of Social Policy (First Class Honours, Faculty of Arts Dean’s Honours List 2020) and is currently completing a PhD (Arts) on the gendered implications of remote and flexible work. Her previous roles include gendered-lens policy development and community engagement for BHP and gender and social impact assessment consulting for Coffey International. Outside of work she is the Co-Founder and CEO of The Global Women’s Project (an Australian non-profit organisation dedicated to women’s vocational training and economic empowerment) and a Founding Board Director of the Koorie Academy (an Aboriginal owned and operated non-profit that uses sport as a vehicle for connecting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and young people to their country, culture and community).