Joanna Richards

Joanna recently came into the public eye following a Radio National interview on her research for her thesis: Let Her Finish. After receiving First Class Honours for her thesis, she was awarded a scholarship to broaden her research on women in leadership and corruption at the University of Canberra’s Institute for Governance and Policy Analysis. She is the first PhD candidate to be accepted into Virginia Haussenger’s 50/50 by 2030 Foundation. Joanna’s main areas of interest are gender politics and Indigenous politics. She has been fortunate to have a wealth of experiences. While completing her degree in International Relations at the ANU, she spent a semester at the University of Nizwa in Oman, where she researched the complex experience of modern Middle Eastern women. In 2015, Joanna was the winner of the ACT Telstra’s Young Business Woman of the Year for her work in an Australian start­up company. Her treatment as a woman in the male dominated start­up world heightened her interest in feminist research.


ACT Telstra Young Businesswoman of the Year, 2015


Institute for Governance Policy Analysis - Doctor of Philosophy (in progress)
University of Canberra - Bachelor of Philosophy (First Class Honours)
Moscow Art Theatre School - Fine Arts Conservatory (Stanislavski Intensive)
Australian National University - Bachelor of International Relations