Elizabeth Williams

Senior Lecturer

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Nuclear physicist. Podcaster. Methodologist.#

Elizabeth T. Williams is a Senior Lecturer at the 3A Institute within the School of Cybernetics at the Australian National University (ANU).

She completed her PhD in experimental nuclear structure at Yale University in December 2009, did postdoctoral work in fundamental and applied nuclear physics at Yale and CSIRO, and joined the ANU in 2012, where she held an ARC DECRA fellowship. She has always had a fascination with how complex systems come together in a human context.  Her passion for research impact and the responsibilities researchers have to imagine the context in which their research will be used led her to the 3A Institute (now part of the School of Cybernetics), where she is currently working on establishing cybernetics as an essential tool for helping complex systems scale safely, responsibly and sustainably.

She is the creator and co-host of the Algorithmic Futures Podcast, and the manager of the Algorithmic Futures Policy Lab, which is supported by the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Union. She is also a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

Liz also has a longstanding interest in journalism, dating back to her work as an arts reporter and features editor at The Yale Daily News. She has used the skills she developed as a student journalist to write news and popular science articles for a range of publications, including Australian Geographic, The Conversation, and Nature Chemistry.

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