Science, policy and government

Research projects in this theme tackle the interactions between science and government, investigating such matters as communication between these very different entities, the influence of science on government policy, and the influence of government policy on science.

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

Photo credit

Image from the Royal Society, courtesy of Australian Popular Science
It depicts former UK Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, when she was a chemist in 1951

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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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...
18
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...
30
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...
12
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...
18
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...
10
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.
14
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...
29
Oct
2012
Scientist and communicator Upulie Divisekera (tweeting at @upulie) and CPAS's Will Grant discuss the L'Aquila earthquake trial and its implications for science communication in a...

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