Lister Staveley-Smith

Professor, BA Cantab., PhD Manc., MIAU, MAIP, FASA

  • The University of Western Australia (M468), 35 Stirling Highway,

    6009 Perth


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Personal profile


I am Interim Executive Director of the International Centre for Radio Astronomy Research (ICRAR). My research is oriented towards frontline radio astronomical observations with world-class facilities, and preparing the path for future telescopes such as the Square Kilometre Array (SKA), part of which is being constructed in Western Australia. I am Principal Investigator of the WALLABY survey on the Australian SKA Pathfinder (ASKAP) which is making new discoveries about galaxies.

Roles and responsibilities

Interim Executive Director - International Centre for Radio Astronomy Research (ICRAR); Chair, Australia-China Consrtium for Astrophysical Research (ACAMAR)

Previous positions

Science Director ICRAR/UWA; Node leader ASTRO 3D; CAASTRO Deputy director and node leader; ASA President; Premier's Fellow; AAL Director; Head of Astrophysics CSIRO-ATNF


Galaxies (dark matter, kinematics, star-formation, Magellanic Clouds) - cosmology (large-scale structure, flows) - supernovae and their remnants - Instrumentation (SKA, ASKAP, MWA).


Current projects

I am involved in projects being undertaken on the ASKAP, MWA, ATCA and FAST telescopes which have been awarded thousands of hours of observing time. I have PhD, Masters and Hons projects available within the WALLABY project on ASKAP. Follow this link for details. Contact me directly for other projects.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being

Research expertise keywords

  • Astronomy
  • Astrophysics
  • Radio astronomy
  • Cosmology—large-scale structure, flows
  • Galaxies—dark matter, kinematics, star-formation, magellanic clouds
  • Instrumentation—SKA, ASKAP, MWA
  • Supernovae and their remnants


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