Dr Christine O'Keefe

Research Scientist


Christine O'Keefe is a Research Scientist in CSIRO Data61, and is Adjunct Professor in Mathematics at the University of Adelaide.

Christine's research focusses on methods to address the balance between allowing data access and use with protecting privacy and confidentiality of people and organisations represented in data. As an example, Christine has contributed to the design and implementation of remote analysis systems as well as measures of disclosure risk, information loss and data utility. She has been recognised with a Newton Turner Career Award 2010, awarded to exceptional senior scientists in CSIRO.

Christine has held roles in CSIRO including: Research Director, Research Programme Leader, Operations Director and Theme Leader. In addition, Christine was the founding Director of the Population Health Research Network Centre for Data Linkage, and Professor in the Faculty of Health Sciences at Curtin University. Christine is a Fellow of the Australian Mathematical Society and the Institute of Combinatorics and its Applications, and an Associate of the Confidentiality and Privacy Research Group at the University of Manchester (UK). Prior to joining CSIRO in 2000, Christine enjoyed an international research career in Finite Geometry and Information Security.

Christine has over 100 publications in refereed journals and conferences, across her fields of interest. Christine was awarded the 2000 Australian Mathematical Society Medal for distinguished research in the mathematical sciences and the 1996 Hall Medal of the Institute for Combinatorics and Applications for outstanding contributions to the field. In 2003 Christine was included on the National Pioneer Women's Hall of Fame Signature Quilt: A Patchwork of Empowerment.

Science and Professional Areas

  • Statistical confidentiality and Data Access
  • Privacy-enhancing Technologies
  • Information Security, particularly Secret Sharing Schemes
  • Pure Mathematics, particularly Finite Geometry, Design Theory and Combinatorics

Current Roles

  • Adjunct Professor, University of AdelaideCollaborative activities

Academic Qualifications

  • MBAAustralian National University2008
  • PhD in Pure Mathematics (Finite Geometry)University of Adelaide1988
  • BSc (Hons) in Pure MathematicsUniversity of Adelaide1982
  • BSc (Math Sci)University of Adelaide1981

Achievements and Awards

  • Newton Turner Career Award, awarded to exceptional CSIRO senior scientistsCSIRO2010
  • Australian Mathematical Society Medal, for distinguished researchAustralian Mathematical Society2000
  • Hall Medal, for outstanding contributionsInstitute for Combinatorics and its Applications1996

External Publications Lists

Google Scholar http://scholar.google.com.au/citations?hl=en&user=xStw4wYAAAAJ
ORCID 0000-0001-8193-7820
Researcher ID A-5945-2009

Contact information


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  • +61 2 6216 7111 (Fax)

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