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Currently

Astrid is an educator and researcher dedicated to social and climate justice. At Future Women she works towards social justice in the workplace, and as a PhD Candidate at the University of Melbourne she explores environmental responsibility in publishing during the climate crisis.

Astrid is also a bibliophile and literary critic. She hosts The Garret: Writing and Publishing and has interviewed more than 250 of Australia’s most prominent writers and publishers. She regularly moderates literary events and judges literary prizes, including the 2023 Stella Prize.

Astrid is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. In 2023 she joined the Consumer Advisory Committee (a subcommittee of the Alfred Health Board) for a three year term.

Previously

She previously served on the Victorian Disability Advisory Council advising the Minister for Disability, Ageing and Carers (2019 to 2022). She is the former Chair of Melbourne Writers Festival (2019-2022) and the former Deputy Chair of Writers Victoria (2014-2018).

Between 2018 and 2024 Astrid taught in the Associate Degree of Professional Writing and Editing at RMIT University, and served as Program Coordinator for two of those years.

In 2021 Astrid contributed to the anthology Growing Up Disabled in Australia and made her debut appearance on Q+A in 2021. She regularly moderates and participates in panels at literary festivals, and you can read her book reviews in The Age/Sydney Morning Herald and Australian Book Review, among others. She previously received grants from the Australia Council for the Arts (2017 and 2018) and The Copyright Agency (2017 and 2019).

Before embarking on this creative storytelling career, Astrid was an economics and policy consultant for almost a decade. She specialised in climate and social policy, and to this day she is trying to figure out how stories can help to save the planet.

Astrid has a Master of International Business (cum laude), as well as a Bachelor of Arts (Honours)/Bachelor of Commerce (Honours) from the University of Sydney. She also has a Graduate Diploma of Legal Studies from the University of Melbourne and the Dipl√īme de langue et civilisation Fran√ßaises from Sorbonne University in Paris. Astrid also completed the CERT IV in Training and Assessment. Astrid is a member of Mensa Australia.