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The WEN web-mentoring for early career researcher (ECR) women in academia is a mentoring initiative aimed at supporting ECR women in academia (i.e. Post-docs, Level B and Level C academics) across Australia. The program consists of four online thematic mentoring sessions throughout 2023-2024. These sessions will cover a range of essential topics, including research, teaching, and service.

Registration to the first three sessions is free and open to any ECR woman in academia, regardless of WEN membership status.

Each session is structured as follows:

A panel of two senior women academics discussing the session topic facilitated by a moderator:

  • 30-minute panel discussion (which will be recorded)
  • 10-minute Q&A
  • 20-minute break-out room discussion session (which will allow registered participants to interact closely with each other and the mentors in a safe environment and will not be recorded)

Registered mentees who are unable to attend their session of interest will have access to the recording.


  • Swee-Hoon Chuah 
  • Tina Rampino 
  • Marian Vidal 
  • Duygu Yengin


We are seeking expressions of interest on an ongoing base from any academic level D or level E women economists interested in contributing as a panelist for future sessions and editions of the program. Accessing a diverse and decently sized pool of mentors will ensure the quality, sustainability, and continuity of this initiative.

Senior colleagues can provide their availability by filling out this form, which will only take a couple of minutes of their time.


Research Mentoring Panel Session

Register here for the next session held on Wednesday 6 March 2024. 


Deborah Cobb-Clark AO FASSA is Professor and Deputy Head (Research) in the School of Economics at the University of Sydney.

She is Deputy Director of the ARC Centre of Excellence for Children and Families Over the Life Course; an Officer of the Order of Australia; an elected Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences in Australia; and a Distinguished Fellow of the Economic Society of Australia. Prior to joining the University of Sydney, she was the Ronald Henderson Professor and Director of the Melbourne Institute of Applied Economics and Social Research at the University of Melbourne. Her research agenda centres on the effect of economic and social policy on human  development, mental health, intergenerational disadvantage, sexual and racial harassment, health, old-age support, education, immigration, and youth transitions. 

Professor Isabella Dobrescu is the Deputy Head of the School of Economics, co-chair of the STEP UP initiative in Education, a CEPAR Associate Investigator, and an editor of the Journal of Pension Economics & Finance (JPEF).

Isabella's interests are in labour, public finance, health and applied econometrics. She has primarily focused her structural work on topics related to consumption and saving dynamics, as well as studying risk-taking and cognition via nonparametric partial identification methods. 


Professor Agnieszka Tymula is the Director of the University of Sydney Node of ARC Centre of Excellence for Children and Families over the Life Course, President of the Society for Neuroeconomics, Chief Investigator on the ICRG Centre of Excellence for Research on Gambling, co-Director of theNeuroeconomics Summer School, Director of the University of Sydney Experimental Economics laboratory. In 2020-2023 she was an elected Executive Committee member of the Economic Science Association and in 2019-2021 she was an elected Board Member of the Society for Neuroeconomics. Prof. Tymula is on the editorial board of Experimental Economics.

Professor Tymula’s research combines theory and methodology from economics, psychology, and neuroscience for a better understanding of how people decide, why they sometimes make seemingly wrong decisions, and how to make them better choosers.

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