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Dr Claire Mason

Principal Research Scientist


Claire's applied research in CSIRO's Data61 supports agility and resilience in the Australian workforce by capturing novel sources of data about the changing labour market which inform the choices of job seekers, educators and employment services providers. More generally her research explores the opportunities and challenges associated with our increased reliance on digital technology across a range of contexts – in our homes and businesses, in our jobs, in vocational education and training, in regions and in later life. She also explores how social, organisational and institutional factors influence data practices and in turn, our opportunities for data driven innovation.

Claire's research has been covered by mainstream media outlets such as the ABC's 7:30 Report, The Australian, The Financial Review and The Conversation and published in scientific journals such as the Journal of Applied Psychology, PLOS One, Leadership Quarterly, Journal of Organizational Behavior, Journal of Occupational Health Psychology and Small Group Research.

Recent projects (and funders/collaborators) include:

  • The Data61 Skills Dashboard (
    (Science Investment Endowment Fund, Adzuna Australia)

  • Metrics for monitoring adoption of Industry 4.0 Technology
    (Australian Department of Industry, Science, Energy and Resources)

  • Understanding diversity of employment opportunities for First Nations' Peoples
    (CSIRO Strategic Project, Adzuna Australia)

  • Building a Skills Classifier for CVs

  • Informing Data governance Initiatives: The Data Attitudes and Practices Survey
    (CSIRO Information Services)

  • Growing Opportunities in the Fraser Coast
    (Jobs Queensland, TAFE Queensland)

  • NDIS Workforce Qualitative and Quantitative Research
    (Central Queensland University, Global Community Resourcing, Community Services Industry Alliance, Jobs

  • Employment Data Ecosystem
    (Department of Employment)

  • The VET Era: Equipping Australia's workforce for the future digital economy
    (TAFE Queensland)

  • Tomorrow's digitally enabled workforce: Megatrends and scenarios for jobs and employment in Australia over
    the coming twenty years
    (Department of Employment, Australian Computer Society, ANZ, Boston Consulting Group)

  • Supporting student employability through structured, event based engagement with employers
    (Data61's Ribit)

  • Supporting Lifelong Participation through Digital Technology
    (Data61 Strategic project)

Academic Qualifications

  • 2001

    Doctor of Philosophy

  • 1993

    Bachelor of Arts with honours (Psychology)

Professional Experiences

  • 2000-2008

    Lecturer & Postdoctoral Fellow
    Queensland University of Technology

  • 1999-2000

    Project Officer, Corporate Development
    Royal Brisbane and Women's Hospital

  • 1995-1996

    Change Management officer

Achievements and Awards

  • 2003

    Deans Award Faculty of Business
    Queensland University of Technology

  • 1993

    University Medal
    University of Queensland

  • 1993

    Australian Psychological Society Prize
    University of Queensland

  • 1993

    Henry Law Prize
    University of Queensland