Dr Christine O'Keefe

Senior Principal Research Scientist

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Christine O'Keefe is Senior Principal 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.

Current Roles

  • Senior Principal Research Scientist
    Primary role is to use broad scientific knowledge, vision and influence to deliver strategic research outcomes of importance to science, the economy, society and/or the environment. Includes a significant management component including responsibility for budgets, staff leadership, and contribution to strategic research direction.

  • Adjunct Professor, Mathematical Sciences, University of Adelaide
    Honourary title conferred on a person who makes or will make a significant contribution to the achievement of the academic goals of the University.

Academic Qualifications

  • 2008

    Master of Business Administration (MBA)
    Australian National University

  • 1988

    Doctor of Philosophy(PhD) in Pure Mathematics (Finite Geometry)
    University of Adelaide

  • 1982

    Bachelor of Science Honours (BSc Hons) in Pure Mathematics
    University of Adelaide

  • 1981

    Bachelor of Science in Mathematical Sciences (BSc Math Sci)
    University of Adelaide

Professional Experiences


  • 2016-current

    Inaugural Editorial Board
    International Journal of Population Data Science

  • 2012-

    Guest Editor
    Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association (JAMIA)

  • 2011-current

    Editorial Board
    International Journal of e-Healthcare Information Systems (IJe-HS)

  • 2006-current

    Editorial Board
    electronic Journal of Health Informatics

  • 1997-current

    Editorial Board
    Designs, Codes and Cryptography

  • 1996-current

    Editorial Board
    Utilitas Mathematica


  • 2017-current

    Methodology Advisory Committee
    Australian Bureau of Statistics

  • 2014-2016

    International Scientific Review Committee
    United Kingdom Anonymisation Network

  • 2012-2015

    Data Governance Expert Reference Committee
    National Prescribing Service MedicineInsight

  • 2011-current

    Math & Stat School Advisory Committee
    University of Wollongong

  • 2009-2014

    Privacy Advisory Committee, Appointed by the Governor-General
    Office of the Australian Information Commissioner

  • 2006-current

    Privacy Security Panel, Founding Member
    Health Informatics Society of Australia


  • 2019

    Outgoing Chair, Medal Award Committee
    Australian Mathematical Society

  • 2018

    Chair, Medal Award Committee
    Australian Mathematical Society

  • 2017

    Incoming Chair, Medal Award Committee
    Australian Mathematical Society

  • 2016-2018

    Medals Award Committee 2009-2017
    Institute for Combinatorics and its Applications

  • 2016

    Medal Award Committee
    Australian Mathematical Society

  • 2015

    Award Panel
    ACT Scientist of the Year

  • 2014

    Gavin Brown Prize
    Australian Mathematical Society


  • 2017

    Selection Panel for Director
    Australian Mathematical Sciences Institute


  • 2015-2017

    CSIRO Member Representative
    Australian Mathematical Sciences Institute

  • 2014-2105

    CSIRO representative
    Digital Enlightenment Forum

  • 2008-2016

    Australian Research Alliance for Children & Youth

  • 2006-current

    Associate, Confidentiality and Privacy Research Group
    University of Manchester

Achievements and Awards

  • 2000

    Australian Mathematical Society Medal, for distinguished research
    Australian Mathematical Society

  • 1996

    Hall Medal, for outstanding contributions to the field
    Institute for Combinatorics and its Applications

  • 2010

    Newton Turner Career Award, awarded to exceptional CSIRO senior scientists

  • 2008

    Sir Roland Wilson Prize, for leadership and outstanding results
    Australian National University

Other highlights

  • 2016

    Data Linkage and Anonymisation Programme, Isaac Newton Institute Cambridge UK

  • 2003

    Inclusion on National Pioneer Women’s Hall of Fame Signature Quilt: A Patchwork of Empowerment

  • 2000

    Elected Fellow, Australian Mathematical Society

  • 1991

    Elected Fellow, Institute for Combinatorics and its Applications


We have publications by Dr Christine O'Keefe
For more publications, please see Google Scholar: http://scholar.google.com.au/citations?hl=en&user=xStw4wYAAAAJ Researcher ID: A-5945-2009 ORCID: 0000-0001-8193-7820