Office of the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research & Innovation)

The Office of the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research & Innovation) (ODVCRI) is responsible for the strategic development, leadership and management of research activities at the Australian National University.

The DVCRI is focused on building the University’s research profile, performance and impact, ensuring alignment with the needs of strategic partners, end-users and the broader community.

The Office oversees the development of research strategies, capabilities, policies, research support services and systems to achieve the University's strategic goals in research and innovation.

The ODVCRI is led by Bhavani Balakishnan, Senior Advisor to the DVCRI, who takes overall responsibility for managing the DVCRI’s strategic agenda, representing him in various contexts, and working closely with colleagues on his behalf. She manages the professional staff and functions of the Office.

The Executive Assistant to the DVCRI coordinates the DVCRI’s work and schedules, as well as those of the Pro Vice-Chancellor (Graduate Research), Professor Ann Evans

Other ODVCRI staff include the Communications and Marketing Manager and the Executive Officer, who both engage with counterparts across the University to advance strategic research and communication priorities.

Committee memberships 

Foreign Interference Advisory Committee (chaired by the DVCRI)

Honorary Degrees Committee

University Research Committee (chaired by the DVCRI)


Reporting business units within the Research & Innovation Portfolio:

ANU Enterprise

Higher Degree Research

Research Initiatives and Infrastructure

Research and Innovation Services (including Office of Business Engagement and Commercialisation)



Our teams & contacts


Contact details
Executive Assistant to the DVCRI 
Executive Officer to the DVCRI 
Research and Innovation News 
Senior Advisor to the DVCRI 


Contact details
Professor Lachlan Blackhall 
Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research and Innovation)
Phone +61 2 6125 8487
Bhavani Balakishnan 
Senior Advisor
Phone +61 2 6125 2900
Nora Jain 
Executive Officer
Lisa O'Farrell 
Executive Assistant
Kathryn Vukovljak 
Communications and Marketing Manager
Lihong Zhong 
Senior Communications and Marketing Officer
Page owner: Research Services