Anne Rosalie Edwards was born in 1941. Edwards undertook her studies at the University of London, where she gained both her Honours degree and PhD. Moving to Monash University, Melbourne in 1968, Edwards went on to become Professor of Sociology, head the Department of Sociology and Anthropology, and hold the position of Associate Dean in the Faculty of Arts. Edwards served as president of SAANZ from 1982-1983. Edwards published widely during her career, particularly in the fields of public policy, theories of the state, power and social control, as well as on issues concerning women, gender, youth and ageing. Her key publications include, Regulation and Repression: The Study of Social Control (1988) and Women in a Restructuring Australia: Work and Welfare (1995), which she edited with Susan Magarey. Edwards subsequently moved to Flinders University, where she served as Vice Chancellor from 2001 to 2007. Edwards’ wide ranging contributions in and outside of the University also include serving as Member and Deputy Chair, Australian Research Council (1994-1997), Member of the Australian Universities Teaching Committee (2002-2003) and Chair of the Research Committee and Deputy Chair, Victorian Casino and Gaming Authority (1993-2000). For her service to tertiary education, Flinders University and women’s affairs, Edwards was made Officer of the Order of Australia, 18th May 2007. Her most recent appointment is Emeritus Professor at Flinders University. Edwards also continues to serve as board member for a number of public organisations, mainly in South Australia. She is a Fellow of The Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia.