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Staff spotlight - Dr Karen Knight

Staff spotlight - Dr Karen Knight

An economist at heart, Dr Karen Knight, has always had a keen interest in how society and economics evolve, along with public policy, labour markets, and business development.

“Studying economics made me appreciate the role of education, so I’ve worked in the education sector most of my working life as an administrator, teacher, researcher, and strategist,” says Dr Knight.

In January, Dr Knight took on the role of Manager Professional Programs and Strategic Engagement, College of Nursing and Midwifery.

Dr Karen

In the role, Dr Knight will be managing the strategic development and promotion of the College’s continuing professional development and short course (non-award) programs.

I will also be managing current external partnerships and play a key role in the development of government, industry, and community organisation partnerships, to establish, maintain, and extend partnerships to collaboratively design training opportunities, to equip individuals with the resources and skills to help promote best practice across the sector.

Dr Knight says she was attracted to the interesting and varied nature of working in the sector.

You get to work with passionate, hard working people in different fields, and you get to witness how education and research impacts the world positively.

I am really enjoying getting to meet my new colleagues in the College.

I enjoy working with people who are delivering transformative skills and learning, research and indigenous leadership.

Outside of work, Dr Knight’s interests centre around economics and public policy.

“I am an economist with interests in public policy, labour economics and the history of economic thought,” she says.

Education and pedagogy remain a central interest in my life. I’m a trained teacher in the humanities and social sciences and mathematics.

I love spending time with family, friends, and our family pets!

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