Associate Professor Karen Livesey


Associate Professor Karen Livesey

Theoretical Physicist

The University of Newcastle

Did you know that magnets can be made 1000 times smaller than the width of a human hair? I am designing such “nano-magnets” to reduce the energy that today’s computers use and to treat inoperable cancers.

I am an award-winning speaker, lecturer and researcher on three continents. I am passionate about showing people how fundamental science affects their everyday lives. In 2023 I was honored as the Women in Physics Lecturer by the Australian Institute of Physics, and subsequently gave 50 talks to diverse audiences including school children, oncologists, radio listeners, and even comedy fans.

I was the first in my family to finish high school and studied at the University of Western Australia, completing a theoretical physics PhD in 2010. For almost 10 years, I taught and researched at the University of Colorado – Colorado Springs (UCCS). While the covid-19 pandemic was raging, I moved to Newcastle NSW with my family in 2020.

I am currently an Associate Professor of Physics at the University of Newcastle, an affiliate of the UCCS Biofontiers Center, and an Associate Investigator at the Australian Centre of Excellence in Future Low Energy Electronic Technologies.