Marian Simms to launch Grey Literature Strategies project at Where is the evidence? conference

Posted by Amanda Lawrence on 8 October 2012

Professor Marian Simms

We are very pleased to announce that Professor Marian Simms, Executive Director for Social, Behavioural and Economic Sciences at the Australian Research Council has kindly agreed to  officially launch the Grey Literature Strategies project at a ceremony to be held during the Where is the Evidence conference at the National Library on Wednesday 10 October.

The ceremonoy will be held just prior to lunch at around 12.20 pm at the conference. We've got the white gloves and ribbon ready. There is still time to register for the conference which is the first major look at the issue of online publishing, grey literature and its role and value in public policy.

For more information and to register go to the Eidos event page.

About Professor Marian Simms

Professor Simms joined the Australian Research Council, in August 2011. Prior to this, Professor Simms held the position of Head of the School of History, Heritage and Society

at Deakin University from 2009-2011 and Chair in Australian Studies. Other appointments include Chair in Political Studies at the University of Otago, New Zealand, 2002-2009 (Head 2002-2007); and Reader in Political Science ANU, 1994-2002. She is an honours graduate of the ANU in History and Political Science, with a PhD in Politics from La Trobe University.

Professor Simms has an international reputation in the fields of gender studies and political science derived from a strong publication record and a history of grants and awards. She has published 5 authored and co-authored books, 9 edited and co-edited books, and over 80 articles and chapters. She has received research grants from the ARC, the NSW Sesquicentenary Committee, the National Committee for the Centenary of Federation and the United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization. She was also awarded a Fulbright Fellowship at the University of Southern California and holds a Centenary of Federation medal for her research on the 1901 Election.

She has been active in the administration and evaluation of research. From 2005-2009 she served as the inaugural convenor of the Humanities Research Cluster on Political Communication, Policy and Participation at the University of Otago. The Cluster sponsored research on political communication in British, Australian and New Zealand elections, research workshops for postgraduates, public lectures and a number of high profile visitors. From 2003-2006 she was the Chair of the International Political Science Association’s Research Committee on Gender, Globalization and Democratization. She was invited by the Swedish Research Council to chair the process for selecting and evaluating new centres of research excellence in 2006 and 2008. She served two terms as a member of the Social Science panel of the Performance Based Research Funding Evaluation in New Zeal

and (equivalent of Australia’s ERA).

Professor Simms is past President of the Australian Political Studies Association, and co-editor of the Australian Journal of Political Science.