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Professor Vanessa Cooper

Position: Professor
College / Portfolio: Business
School / Department: Business IT and Logistics
Campus: Melbourne City Campus
Contact me about: Research supervision


Vanessa has taught a wide range of information systems and management courses at the University of Tasmania, Deakin University and RMIT University. She brings her industry experience as a systems engineer within the finance and insurance industries in Australia and the United Kingdom to her teaching activities. Vanessa has won numerous prestigious teaching awards from multiple institutions including the RMIT Vice Chancellor’s Distinguished Teaching Award and a citation from the Australian Government’s Office of Learning and Teaching.


Vanessa’s research in information systems centres on the application of knowledge management and organisational learning theory in the environmental sustainability and emergency management contexts. For example, as part of the Green IT research cluster within the Centre for People, Organisation and Work (CPOW) she partnered with industry to develop the first model to measure the “G-readiness” of organisations which has been adopted in global benchmarks of sustainable ICT capabilities. Vanessa has also applied an analytical approach to connect information systems and knowledge management to a cross-disciplinary research program in disaster management within CPOW. Vanessa’s research has won multiple awards including best paper awards at international conferences and from the Australian Computer Society for environmental sustainability in ICT.

Scholarship of Learning and Teaching

Vanessa’s focus in the scholarship of learning and teaching centres on inclusive teaching via the design and implementation of communities of inquiry. She also concentrates on developing industry relevant, research-informed curricula which combines her industry experience and expertise in information systems, knowledge management, sustainability and disaster management. For example, she is currently partnering with academics at the University of Newcastle on a project funded by a grant the Office of Learning and Teaching that will develop the conceptual model for a virtually distributed computer-based teaching and learning tool RES-SIM. This project will provide students across disciplines the opportunity to learn via dynamic disaster system simulations.

Current Teaching Responsibilities

  • INTE2397 Knowledge Management

Internal Academic Roles and Responsibilities

External Academic Roles and Responsibilities

  • Associate Editor of the Information Systems Journal.
  • Chair and Co-Chair of Green IS and Sustainability tracks at international conferences including the Australasian Conference on Information Systems, Americas Conference on Information Systems, European Conference on Information Systems, International Conference on Information Systems and the International Conference on Sustainability, Technology and Education.
  • Reviewer for journal publications such as Communications of the Association of Information Systems, Decision Support Systems, Journal of Association of Information Systems.
  • Bachelor Applied Computing (UTAS)
  • Bachelor Information Systems (hons) (UTAS)
  • Master of Education (RMIT University)
  • Doctor of Philosophy (Deakin University)

Professional Memberships

  • Member of the Australian Computer Society (MACS)
  • Member of the Association of Information Systems (MAIS)

Invited Industry Presentations

  • ‘Knowledge management education and research’, Invited Presentation at the Strategic Industry Research Foundation’s KM Roundtable, Melbourne, 3 September 2014. 
  • ‘Green IT organisational learning’, Workshop for Green IT Master Class, National Science and Technology Development Agency, Ministry of Science and Technology (Thailand), Melbourne, 30 July 2014. 
  • ‘Knowledge management’, Invited Presentation at National Australia Bank, Melbourne, 28 February 2013.

View more outputs from this academic in the RMIT Research Repository

  • LGBTI Leadership Program Evaluation. Funded by: Department of Premier and Cabinet Research Project from (2018 to 2019)
  • Building resilience and inclusion amongst vulnerable populations through social media. Funded by: National Disaster Resilience Grant 2017 from (2017 to 2018)
  • Personal Cloud Use in Australia: Consumers expectations, experience and impact on communications consumption. Funded by: Australian Communications Consumer Action Network (ACCAN) Grants Scheme 2014 from (2014 to 2015)
  • Green IT Organisational Learning: Issues, Challenges and Opportunities. Funded by: RMIT Emerging Researcher Grants from (2010 to 2011)
Note: Supervision projects since 2004

3 PhD Completions3 PhD Current Supervisions and 1 Masters by Research Current Supervisions

Information systems, knowledge management and organisational learning in the environmental sustainability, Disaster management and higher education contexts