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Research Integrity Advisors

Research Integrity Advisors (RIAs) are experienced researchers with a good knowledge and understanding of accepted practices in research who actively promote Macquarie University's commitment to the responsible conduct of research.

RIAs can provide advice on good research practices, including publication and dissemination of research findings, authorship, conflicts of interests and management of research data and primary materials. Research Integrity Advisors can also advise about questionable research practices and the process of making an allegation of a potential breach of The Macquarie Code or a more serious case of research misconduct.

You can speak with any RIA in the University, not just the ones in your faculty. In some cases, a meeting with someone outside your Faculty is probably a good idea.

Who are Macquarie University's Research Integrity Advisors?
Currently we have 10 staff at Macquarie University who are available for consultation on all matters involving research integrity.

Below are the names and contact details of each of the RIAs. 

 Faculty of Arts


Dr Andrew Alter

Associate Dean (Higher Degree Research)

Phone: +61 2 9850 8877

Location: Building W6A Room 238


Professor  Denise Meyerson

Acting Associate Dean (Research)

Phone: +61 2 9850 7079

Location: Building W3A Room 535


 Faculty of Business and Economics

 Lorne Cummings

Professor Lorne Cummings

Associate Dean (Higher Degree Research)

Phone: +61 2 9850 8531

Location: Building E4A Room 327


 Lucy Taksa

Professor Lucy Taksa

Associate Dean (Research)

Phone: +61 2 9850 4811

Location: Building E4A Room 636


Faculty of Human Sciences 

Associate Professor Judi Homewood

Associate Dean (Higher Degree Research)

Phone: +61 2 9850 8652

Location: Building X5B Room 237


Professor Mike Jones

Associate Dean (Research)

Phone: +61 2 9850 8601

Location: Building C3A Room 516


 Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences

 Roger Chung

Professor Roger Chung

Associate Dean (Higher Degree Research)

Phone: +61 2 9850 2724

Location: 2 Technology Place


 Faculty of Science and Engineering

Tracy Rushmer 

Associate Professor Tracy Rushmer

Associate Dean (Higher Degree Research)

Phone: +61 2 9850 8366

Location: Building E7A Room 423


Associate Professor David Coutts

Associate Dean (Research)

Phone: +61 2 9850 8970

Location: Building E6A Room 322


Macquarie Graduate School of Management 

Professor Masud Behnia

Professor of Management (Operations)

Phone: +61 2 9859 6865

Location: Building E14B


What do Research Integrity Advisors do?
Research Integrity Advisors provide advice about the responsible conduct of research. They can provide guidance about good research practices and can advise about the University processes for dealing with allegations of research misconduct. RIAs do not investigate or make determinations in relation to allegations of research misconduct or breaches of The Macquarie Code. Their role is to explain the options open to a person considering making, or who has made an allegation. Advisors will assist complainants in preparing a written complaint and pass the information on to the Director, Research Ethics and Integrity.
When should I talk to a Research Integrity Advisor?

You can talk to a Research Integrity Advisor at any time. They can provide you with guidance on how to maintain good research practices including managing research collaborations, authorship and data management.

You should speak with an advisor if you have a concern about the conduct of research at Macquarie or elsewhere. It is a responsibility of all researchers to report suspected misconduct in a timely manner.

If you have a concern about research integrity that you would like to discuss with a RIA you may speak with them and describe the situation hypothetically while you decide whether or not to proceed to a formal allegation. Like all members of the University, RIAs have a responsibility to report instances of research misconduct that come to their attention. Macquarie University is committed to the principle of natural justice (i.e. giving individuals the right to respond to specific allegations made against them). The University will not normally act on anonymous allegations lodged against individuals.

The RIA will listen to you and will ask questions so that she or he has enough information to offer you some advice. You might wish to bring someone along with you as a 'support person'. The RIA may also have someone with them to help take notes, so that they can concentrate on the discussion with you.