Ms Isabelle Kingsley
Research Associate

Ms Isabelle Kingsley

PhD | University of New South Wales, Australia | Research Project: Evaluating the learning impacts of informal science education     

Bachelor of Education | Nipissing University, Canada | Physical and Health Education and Science/Biology     

Bachelor of Science | University of Ottawa, Canada | Human Kinetics and Biology Award: Magna Cum Laude (First class honours)

Dean's Unit, Science

Isabelle is a Research Associate for the Office of the Women in STEM Ambassador, an Australian Government initiative to address gender inequities in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) hosted at UNSW. Isabelle leads research projects to investigate how to dismantle barriers to girls' and women’s participation in STEM. She also leads national efforts to embed evaluation into equity programs, producing an evaluation guide to support equity program evaluation on a national scale. Her role also involves contributing evidence-based advice to federal government Ministers and the STEM sector on the best ways to improve gender equity in STEM.

Isabelle is a former high school teacher and museum educator. She worked at various museums in Canada and Australia, producing award-winning education programs and communicating science on daytime television. She is co-founder and former director of the Sydney Science Festival and former Chief Education and Research Officer for a STEM e-learning company (Arludo).

Gender equity

Isabelle leads research projects 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
  • a national trial across Australia to study the effects of anonymising grant applications for in-demand scientific equipment such as telescopes, synchrotrons, and supercomputers

Isabelle also leads national efforts to embed evaluation into gender equity programs. She produced an evaluation guide to support program evaluation on a national scale and is now leading the development of an online evaluation tool, the STEM Equity Evaluation Portal that will bring consistency and comparability to evaluation data.

Education and science communication

Isabelle's PhD research explored the science of science education — measuring if and how science communication and education programs change people’s scientific literacy and perspectives of science. Her research led her to the TEDx stage to share her findings that doing real science can transform how people think.

Isabelle is also an associate editor (education and outreach) for the journal Astrobiology (Q1; Impact factor 4.335).