Science, policy and government

Parliament House, Canberra

Science is integral to governments and evidence-based policy, and scientific research and communication is vital for many government bodies and agencies, from local government all the way to the Commonwealth.

This research theme focuses on the nature of communications between these two very different entities, their different requirements, expectations, cultures and institutions. CPAS researchers are also regularly consulted by government institutions seeking external advice or research.

Our research investigates:

  • How do governments use scientific research?
  • How is scientific evidence used in political rhetoric?
  • What is the influence of government policy on science?
  • What happens when the goals of science and government clash?
  • How do scientists and policymakers communicate?
  • How can science communication benefit government activities and communication efforts?
  • How can science communication tools be used to evaluate government communication
  • activities?

Relevant CPAS courses are: 

Undergraduate

Postgraduate

Students also undertake research in this theme for undergraduate coursework, postgraduate coursework and higher degrees by research.

Contact theme convenor Dr Will Grant for more information or click on the tabs below to find relevant people, projects and events.

Photo from Wikimedia Commons.

Projects

Highlights

Perfecting the art of conversation

Researchers are using ‘long conversations’ to foster dialogue about climate change
Climate change is a difficult issue. Many people remain confused about climate science and policy, leading to skepticism and disenfranchisement...

News

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Feb
2018
2018 is the 19th year of Science Meets Parliament, and Science Technology Australia are celebrating the largest event yet — and CPAS had its largest involvement yet. CPAS students...
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Nov
2017
Getting more evidence into policy is one of the major challenges of science communication, and a recent election priority from Australia's major political parties. But what sort...
30
Nov
2016
A CPAS lecturer had an idea and her master's students did the research, using a PhD student’s programming, resulting in the research being accepted for publication in the Journal...
05
Sep
2016
Dr Elizabeth Tynan who graduated in 2011 from ANU with a PhD in science communication has turned her PhD thesis into a book entitled Atomic Thunder The Maralinga Story. The book...
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Aug
2015
Sociologists need to care more when they talk with policy makers, scientists and citizens about science, says CPAS sessional academic Dr Wendy Russell. In a new article in the...
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Jun
2015
CPAS PhD candidate Jacqui Hoepner is no stranger to receiving attention for her public commentary, and now her work has been picked up by the London School of Economics' Impact...
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May
2015
CPAS academic Dr Will Grant has taken issue with Human Rights' Commissioner Tim Wilson's view on censorship and UWA's rejection of the Australian Consensus Centre, in a new piece...
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Mar
2014
Everyday Australians could be more involved in deciding what research receives funding, according to a new paper by CPAS PhD student Cobi Smith. Her argument for more...
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Dec
2013
CPAS PhD researcher Luke Menzies dissects the legacy for science and the climate of the Abbott Government's first 90 days in office in an article for The Conversation.
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Jan
2013
Dr Maria Taylor has devoted the past several years to investigating the dramatic change in Australians' attitudes to climate change action between 1987 and 2001. In a new piece...

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