Women in Research Citation Award for Applied Linguistics’ Ute Knoch
Jeroen Prinsen, vice president and head of the Australia and New Zealand regions for Clarivate Analytics, congratulated the winners and said the awards would help encourage gender equity in research.
“For many years we’ve been recognising Australia’s research excellence and contribution to the global community through a series of Citation Awards. This year we wanted to encourage greater gender equity in research and bring to the forefront outstanding contributions from women in research,” Mr Prinsen said.
Dr Knoch is Director of the Language Testing Research Centre at the University of Melbourne, and has published widely with nearly 40 peer-reviewed publications appearing in several influential journals. Her research interests are in the area of writing assessment, rating processes, assessing languages for academic and professional purposes, and placement testing.
The twelve women researchers mostly represented STEMM fields. Dr Knoch was one of the few whose published research in Humanities and Social Sciences was recognised.
One of the challenges all the women awardees shared was the need to balance personal and professional demands while building a career.
Dr Knoch noted that the university has been supportive of flexible work arrangements when her daughter was born, allowing her to return to the workforce quickly. However care responsibilities continue to make life unpredictable and overseas trips to conferences challenging.