Kim Blackmore

Associate Professor


Kim enjoys the richness of collaborating across disciplines to address complex systems challenges. In recent times Kim has been exploring the lens of cybernetics, and how systems thinking can be deployed in pursuit of decarbonisation and sustainability.


I started my academic career with a PhD in Machine Learning at ANU and upon graduation I worked in telecommunications as a Defence Research Scientist. I returned to the ANU as an academic in engineering, teaching Signals and Systems and researching Mobil Ad Hoc Networks. I took on education leadership roles, leading a large blended learning collaboration for engineering schools in ANU and the University of South Australia Engineering, and a digital learning project for the ANU College of Asia and the Pacific. At the University of Canberra, I took on the roles of Deputy Director and then Director of Teaching and Learning, leading academic services for the university and managed a whole-of-institutional curriculum review program and implementation of a holistic virtual learning environment. Returning again to the ANU, taking on the role of Director of the ANU Centre for Learning and Teaching at the end of 2019 and leading Learning and Teaching for the university through the tumult of pivoting in an out of remote learning in response to COVID-19. I am a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and a Member of Engineers Australia.

My experiences in engineering and working alongside researchers across the academy have brought me to be deeply interested in the rich insights that can be gained from combining disciplinary perspectives and approaches. As we confront many complex global challenges, from climate change to the rise of artificial intelligence and their impact on social and political landscape, I am drawn to explore the interconnections between systems and ways we can steer them towards desirable outcomes. In 2022 I decided to pursue transdisciplinary systems studies more deeply, moving into the School of Cybernetics and then joining the Battery Storage and Grid Integration Program in the College of Engineering, Computing and Cybernetics.

You are on Aboriginal land.

The Australian National University acknowledges, celebrates and pays our respects to the Ngunnawal and Ngambri people of the Canberra region and to all First Nations Australians on whose traditional lands we meet and work, and whose cultures are among the oldest continuing cultures in human history.

bars search times arrow-up