Women in Economics Retreat 2016

McLaren Vale, South Australia  |  14 - 15 July 2016

The first annual Australian Women in Economics Retreat was held in July 2016 at the Serafino Vineyard (http://serafinowines.com.au/) in McLaren Vale South Australia. The retreat was been initiated and sponsored by the Economic Society of Australia (ESA) with the goal of promoting and supporting female economists working in Australia.

Over the two day retreat, 15 – 20 junior and mid-career women had the opportunity to develop their networks; receive mentoring; and strengthen their leadership skills. Each participant discussed their research in small group sessions led by senior women working in related fields. A number of panel sessions explored issues in career management; achieving family/work life balance; and getting ahead. Dr. Ruchi Sinha (University of South Australia) conducted an interactive workshop designed to assist all participants with improving their negotiation skills.

The senior economists participating in the retreat included: Alison Booth (ANU); Lisa Cameron (Monash); Deborah Cobb-Clark (University of Sydney); Susan Dynarski (University of Michigan); Catherine Eckel (Texas A & M); and Renee Fry (ANU).

The ESA funded the costs of the retreat itself. Participants funded their own travel costs to and from McLaren Vale.

Future Retreats are being planned - keep an eye on our website or sign up with your branch to find out more information as it becomes available.


Lisa Cameron, Monash

Lisa Cameron is a Professor in the Department of Econometrics at Monash University.


Deborah Cobb-Clark, University of Sydney

Deborah Cobb-Clark is Professor of Economics at the University of Sydney.


Susan Dynarski, University of Michigan

Susan Dynarski studies and teaches the economics of education and has a special interest in the interaction of inequality and education.


Catherine Eckel, Texas A & M

Catherine Eckel is Sarah and John Lindsey Professor in the Liberal Arts and University Distinguished Professor in the Department of Economics at Texas A&M University,


Renee Fry, ANU

Renée Fry-McKibbin is a Professor of Economics in the Crawford School of Public Policy, and the Associate Dean Research of the College of Asia & the Pacific.


Ruchi Sinha, University of South Australia

A three hour workshop on how to get what you want, presented by Ruchi Sinha



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