Professor Margaret Alston AO is Professor of Social Work and Head of Department at Monash University.
Margaret was appointed an honorary professor at Sydney University in 2005 and Charles Sturt University in 2009. At Monash University she has established the Gender, Leadership and Social Sustainability (GLASS) research unit. Previously she was at Charles Sturt University for 21 years, most recently as professor of social work. In 2010 Margaret was awarded one of Australia’s highest honours, the Medal of the Order of Australia, for services to the community, social work and to rural women. She has also been engaged as a UN gender expert by the Gender Division of the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO), studying gender and climate change for 2008-2010.