Dr Leonora Risse is an economist who specialises in gender equality.
Leonora is a Research Fellow with the Women's Leadership Institute Australia, and spent time in residence at Harvard University as a Research Fellow with the Women and Public Policy Program. She currently serves as the National Chair of the Women in Economics Network. She is currently appointed as a Senior Lecturer in Economics at RMIT University.
Leonora was awarded her PhD in Economics from the University of Queensland and also holds qualifications in journalism and communications. She served as a Senior Research Economist for the Australian Government Productivity Commission.
Leonora's research focuses on understanding gender differentials in the workforce and identifying evidence-based ways to close these gender gaps. Her research experience extends to issues of wellbeing and disadvantage, labour economics, demographic economics, and economic psychology.
Leonora engages regularly with government, industry and community groups on gender equality issues and how to apply a gender lens to economic analysis and policymaking. In 2021 she was named by Apolitical among the 100 Most Influential People in Gender Policy.
Leonora has contributed to various WEN initiatives to broaden students' awareness about the practical usefulness of economics, and to foster a greater diversity and inclusion within the next generation of economics students.
Gender identity: Female
Areas of ExpertiseMedia - Labour markets
Media - Gender economics (e.g. gender pay gap)
Public Speaking - Labour markets
Public Speaking - Gender economics (e.g. gender pay gap)