RESEARCH & ADVISORY
EQUITY, DIVERSITY & INCLUSION
I work as a Senior Research Associate for the Office of the Women in STEM Ambassador, an Australian Government initiative that addresses gender inequities in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). My role involves academic research and evaluation, advisory and policy-related activities.
I lead research in gender equity to investigate how to dismantle barriers to girls' and women's participation in STEM. Current research projects include:
A study examining trends over two decades of awarded research grants in Australia by the Australian Research Council (ARC) and the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) according to awardee gender (read the preprint)
A national Australian trial to study the effects of anonymising grant applications for in-demand scientific equipment such as telescopes, synchrotrons, and supercomputers
I also lead the Office’s national efforts to embed evaluation into equity programs. I produced an evaluation guide to support program evaluation on a national scale. I also created the STEM Equity Evaluation Portal — an online evaluation tool and repository that brings consistency and comparability to evaluation data. Underpinned by the latest research, this online tool is a user-friendly, how-to resource that helps STEM equity program leaders evaluate their programs. It is also a searchable repository of program evaluations to help us learn what works and doesn’t to improve equity. I also co-authored a guide to support the implementation of workplace equity programs. These resources are endorsed and recommended by the Australian Government to support all existing and future equity programs in Australia.
I advise business leaders, peak bodies and policymakers to improve workplace equity across Australia and the Asia-Pacific region. I have been invited to provide expert advice and consultation on equity initiatives and policy for UN Women, Asia-Paci c Economic Cooperation (APEC), Australia’s Chief Scientist and various federal departments and research councils of the Australian Government.
I work with the Australian Government to produce research-informed reports and products to inform policy and efforts towards equity. For instance, I contributed to Australia’s Chief Scientist Rapid Research Information Forum 2020 on the impact of COVID-19 on women in the STEM workforce.
Publications & Conferences
Kingsley I., Slavich, E., Harvey-Smith, L., Johnston, E. L. & Williams, L. A. (2023). Fewer women receive research
grants – but the reasons are more complicated than you’d think. The Conversation. https://www.theconversation.com
Barnes, S. & Kingsley I. (2023). Workplace gender equity guide. Office of the Women in STEM Ambassador, Sydney https://womeninstem.org.au/workplace-equity/
Kingsley, I. (2020). Evaluating STEM Gender Equity Programs: A guide to effective program evaluation.
Office of the Women in STEM Ambassador. https://womeninstem.org.au/national-evaluation-guide
Johnston, E., et al (2020). Rapid Research Information Forum The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on women in the STEM workforce. Australian Government Chief Scientist, Canberra.
Kingsley, I. and Kasumovic, M. (in press). Integrating mobile and digital technologies to create meaningful hands-on online learning experiences. In S. Griffith, K. Carruthers & R. Le Bard (Eds.), Education in the age of Corona: Pandemic pivots and productive portals. Common Ground Publishing.
Kingsley, I., Oliver C.A., and Slavich E. (2019). Hidden in the figures: what students are telling us about the effectiveness of astrobiology outreach. Astrobiology. Volume 19, Issue 9.
Oliver, C.A., Fergusson, J., Kingsley, I., Oliver, J., Mahony, P., and Browne, C. (2015). The Mars Lab: Connecting authentic science with the classroom. SCAN. Volume 34, Issue 1.
MANUSCRIPTS UNDER REVIEW
Kingsley I., Slavich, E., Harvey-Smith, L., Johnston, E. L. & Williams, L. A. (under peer review). Gender differences
in Australian research grant awards, applications, amounts, and workforce participation. Research Policy.
Kingsley, I. (2022). What works? Evaluating your equity program. Diversity Interventions 2022 SAGE: Systemic approaches that work (April). Virtual, Australia.
Kingsley, I., Scalice, D., and Cady, S. (2022). Publish your astrobiology education and outreach work in Astrobiology. AbSciCon 2022. Atlanta, US.
Kingsley, I., Oliver C.A., and Van Kranendonk M. (2018). Questioning assumptions: The evidence gap in science communication. Public Communication of Science and Technology Conference 2018 (April). Dunedin, New Zealand.
Kingsley, I., Oliver C.A., and Van Kranendonk M. (2017). A new tool to assess scientific literacy. Open Learning Conference 2017 (November). Sydney, Australia.
Kingsley, I., Oliver C.A., and Van Kranendonk M. (2017). A new tool to assess scientific literacy in an astrobiology course. Australian Space Research Conference 2017 (November). Sydney, Australia.
Kingsley, I., Oliver C.A., and Van Kranendonk M. (2017). A new instrument to assess scientific literacy for space outreach. International Astronautical Congress 2017 (September). Adelaide, Australia.
Kingsley, I., Oliver C.A., and Van Kranendonk M. (2017). Space science outreach – are we decreasing public understanding? International Astronautical Congress 2017 (September). Adelaide, Australia.
Kingsley, I., Oliver C.A., and Van Kranendonk M. (2017). Does the way we communicate astrobiology decrease public understanding of astrobiology? Astrobiology Science Conference 2017 (April). Arizona, USA
Kingsley, I., Oliver, C. and Van Kranendonk, M. (2017). Do science events change how people see science? Australian Science Communicators Conference 2017 (February). Adelaide, Australia
Kingsley, I., Fergusson, J. and Oliver, C. (2016). What it’s like to be a scientist: engaging students in authentic inquiry-based astrobiology experiences. Australasian Astrobiology Conference 2016 (July). Perth, Australia.
Kingsley, I. and Browne, C. (2014). Using the Mars Lab and Project Based Learning to deliver authentic science experiences. Australian Space Research Conference 2014 (September). Adelaide, Australia.