Deb Verhoeven is a leading scholar in the field of gender and cultural informatics, which combines digital technology, big data, cultural forms and social justice. She is the Canada 150 Research Chair in Gender and Cultural Informatics at the University of Alberta (Edmonton), having joined the Faculty of Arts in 2019 for a seven-year joint-appointment with Women’s and Gender Studies and Digital Humanities.
Dr. Verhoeven was previously the Associate Dean of Engagement and Innovation at the University of Technology Sydney, in Australia. She holds a recent appointment to the board of CANARIE and sits on the Elsevier Data Management Advisory Board. She has previously served as inaugural Deputy Chair of the National Film and Sound Archive of Australia (2008−2011) and as CEO of the Australian Film Institute (2000−2002). She has sat on the boards of the Victorian eResearch Strategic Initiative (VeRSI) and the Tasmanian government’s Digital Futures Advisory Council. Dr. Verhoeven was the inaugural Project Director of the Humanities Networked Infrastructure project, a virtual laboratory interoperating data from Australia’s major cultural collections.
A committed public intellectual, in 2013, Dr. Verhoeven was recognized as Australia’s most innovative academic. She holds a PhD from the University of Melbourne.