Associate Professor Leanne Piggott
National Education Director
Associate Professor Leanne Piggott (SFHEA) is the Centre for Social Impact’s National Education Director. Leanne joined CSI in August 2016.
Before joining CSI, Leanne held a number of senior leadership and management positions at the University of Sydney. Leanne’s decades of higher education experience in program development and teaching include expertise in online learning and Work Integrated Learning (WIL). Her achievements have been recognised locally, nationally, and internationally including a Dean’s Citation for Teaching, an Australian College of Educators’ National Teaching Award, and most recently in 2019 by being awarded a Senior Fellowship by the UK-based Higher Education Academy.
In addition to Leanne’s management and educational expertise she has research interests in the shared value creation – developing sustainable business models that achieve both social and financial returns - and in how a systems approach can help to understand and address more effectively complex, multi-dimensional and multi-scale problems. Her contribution to knowledge development spans the fields of education, international relations, and energy and food security.
In 2019 Leanne was appointed (part-time) as UNSW’s inaugural Academic Director of WIL Central in the Office of the Pro-Vice Chancellor (Education) where she leads university strategy and central operations in enhancing students’ opportunities for work integrated learning.
Leanne completed her Doctor of Philosophy at the University of Sydney in 2002, for which she received a three-year Australian Postgraduate Research Award. In 1990 she completed a Master of Philosophy in Oriental Studies at The University of Oxford, for which she was awarded a two-year Wingate Scholarship from the Wingate Foundation in London. Both Leanne's Master of Arts (Research) and Bachelor of Arts (Honours) were completed at The University of Sydney.
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