Associate Professor Marion Burgess
Honorary Associate Professor

Associate Professor Marion Burgess

Arts,Design & Architecture
School of Built Environment


After completing a degree in physics, Marion Burgess commenced working in acoustics in an Australian building research laboratory. Since then she has had over 50 years broad experience in many aspects of acoustics including building, environmental and occupational noise measurement, assessments, control and research.  Although retired she continues research, teaching and consulting projects in her role as Honorary Associate Professor.  She  collaboraties with colleagues at the Kensington campus in the School of Architecture and the School of Aviation and at the Canberra campus in the School of Engineering and Information Technology.

She was awarded the Order of Australia for her contributions to understanding of environmental noise and for her work in the International domain.    She is an active member of the Australian Acoustical Society. Until 2021 she has been   the chief editor of its Journal Acoustics Australia and was responsible for steering the journal from a society publication to a journal published by Springer .  She regularly participates in international conferences and has been involved in senior management of such organisations.  In 2022 she is the immediate Past President of the International Commission for Acoustics and the co-organiser of the International Year of Sound 2020-2021.  She is the Past President of the International Institute of Noise Control Engineering. She was the Chair of the International Congress in Acoustics held in Sydney in 2010 and is the international liaison member of the organising committee for the joint ASA/AAS/Wespac/Pruac conference to be held in Sydney in 2023.  She is a  member of a number of relevant Standards Australia committees. 

In addition to research projects she has gained experience with providing specialist advise and working with a team of engineers on major projects for  a range of government and non-government organisations. She continues to provide training courses to those within the Department of Defence with the responsibility to undertake workplace noise assessments.

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Building 17, UNSW Canberra campus Building K15 H13 Kensington campus
  • Journal articles | 2020
    Molesworth BRC; Burgess M; Wilkinson J, 2020, 'Can babble and broadband noise present in air transportation induce learned helplessness? A laboratory based study with university students', Applied Acoustics, vol. 157,
    Journal articles | 2017
    Molesworth BRC; Burgess M; Koh S, 2017, 'The relationship between noise and mode of delivery on recognition memory and working memory', Applied Acoustics, vol. 116, pp. 329 - 336,
    Journal articles | 2016
    Molesworth BRC; Seneviratne D; Burgess M, 2016, 'Selling safety: the use of celebrities in improving awareness of safety in commercial aviation', Ergonomics, vol. 59, pp. 989 - 994,
    Journal articles | 2015
    Molesworth BRC; Burgess M; Zhou A, 2015, 'The effects of noise on key workplace skills', Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, vol. 138, pp. 2054 - 2061,
    Journal articles | 2014
    Molesworth BC; Burgess M; Gunnell B; Löffler D; Venjakob A, 2014, 'The effect on recognition memory of noise cancelling headphones in a noisy environment with native and nonnative speakers', Noise and Health, vol. 16, pp. 240 - 240,
    Journal articles | 2013
    Molesworth BR; Burgess M, 2013, 'Improving intelligibility at a safety critical point: In flight cabin safety.', Safety Science, vol. 51, pp. 11 - 16,
    Journal articles | 2013
    Molesworth BR; Burgess M; Kwon D, 2013, 'The use of noise cancelling headphones to improve concurrent task performance in a noisy environment', Applied Acoustics, vol. 74, pp. 110 - 115,
    Journal articles | 2013
    Molesworth BR; Burgess MA; Dunnell B, 2013, 'Using the effect of alcohol as a comparison to illustrate the detrimental effects of noise on performance', Noise and Health, vol. 15, pp. 373 - 376,
  • Conference Papers | 2013
    Fard S; Kessissoglou N; Samuels S; Burgess M, 2013, 'A review of road traffic barriers for low frequency noise', in Proceedings ICA 2013 Montreal, Acoustical Society of America, USA, pp. 1 - 6, presented at Meetings on Acoustics - ICA 2013 Montreal, Montreal, Canada, 02 June 2013 - 07 June 2013,