Dr Elise Stephenson is a Research Fellow at the Global Institute for Women’s Leadership at ANU and a Fellow at the ANU National Security College.

Elise is a 2022 Fulbright Scholar and Top 50 Most Outstanding LGBTIQ+ Leaders by Google, Deloitte and Energy Australia.

Her expertise is sought in: women’s leadership; gender in international affairs, diplomacy, national security and outer space; public diplomacy and foreign policy; entrepreneurship and social enterprise; gender equality; LGBTI+ inclusion and rights; intersectional, feminist climate justice and climate action.

Elise is a regular contributor to TV, radio and various academic and non-academic publications, including the Lowy Institute, the Australian Strategic Policy Institute, Broad Agenda, and the Australian Journal of International Affairs.

Fields of expertise



Aussies want more forward-thinking politics

A new report shows 81 per cent of Australians agree our politicians generally think too short-term when making…


Julie Bishop on gender in international affairs: ‘The women have the answers’

The decision to appoint prominent businesswoman, Sam Mostyn as Australia’s next Governor General was met with backlash from…


Democracy Sausage: The face of the nation

Sam Mostyn’s appointment as Governor-General has caused backlash in some quarters of the media, which raises the question,…


Young people passionate about political action, but forging new pathways to change 

Young politically engaged Australians care passionately about key issues, but don’t feel represented or listened to by our…

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