Dr Wendy Russell

BSc (Hons), PhD (University of Queensland)
Sessional Academic (CPAS)
Director and Principal Consultant (Double Arrow Consulting)

 Wendy is currently the Principal Consultant at Double Arrow Consulting, a Canberra-based consultancy specialising in deliberative engagement. Previously, she managed the co-design and implementation of the STEP (Science and Technology Engagement Pathways) framework under the National Enabling Technologies Strategy within the Commonwealth Department of Industry, Innovation, Science, Research and Tertiary Education.

Prior to her stint in the public service, Wendy was an academic at the University of Wollongong from 1996 - 2008, teaching biology and researching social and policy aspects of science and technology, particularly relating to biotechnology. During this time, she worked on a technology assessment framework for Australia, called TASC (Technology Assessment in Social Context) as chief investigator, with Prof Frank Vanclay and Dr Heather Aslin, on an Australian Research Council Discovery grant. She has received awards for her research, teaching and community engagement work.


  • International Association for Public Participation (IAP2) Core Values Regional (ACT) and Project of the Year National Awards, 2011 and Core Values Regional (ACT) Award, 2013 (as project manager)
  • Citation for Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning, The Carrick Institute for Learning and Teaching in Higher Education, Australia, 2006
  • Outstanding Contribution to Teaching and Learning Faculty Award, University of Wollongong, 2006
  • Science and Innovation Award for Young People, Commonwealth Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry, NSW award, 2003
  • Award for Outstanding Achievement in Education, Australian College of Education, 2001
  • Young Biophysicist Award, Australian Biophysics Society, 1995
  • Young Endeavour Science Award (Federal Government), 1992


  • Marks, N.J. & Russell, A.W. (2015) Public engagement in biosciences and biotechnologies: Reflections on the role of sociology and STS. Journal of Sociology, 51(1), 97-115.
  • Russell, A.W. (2013). Improving legitimacy in nanotechnology policy development through stakeholder and community engagement: forging new pathways. Review of Policy Research 30 (5): 566-587
  • A.W.Russell (2013) Improving Legitimacy in Nanotechnology Policy Development through Stakeholder and Community Engagement: Forging New Pathways, Review of Policy Research, 30 (5):566-587
  • F. Vanclay, A.W. Russell and J. Kimber (2013) Enhancing innovation in agriculture at the policy level: The potential contribution of Technology Assessment. Land Use Policy 31: 406-411
  • A.W. Russell, F. Vanclay, J. Salisbury and H. Aslin (2011) Technology assessment in Australia: The case for a formal agency to improve advice to policy makers. Policy Sciences 44: 157-177
  • A.W. Russell, F. Vanclay, H. Aslin, (2010) Technology Assessment in Social Context: The case for a new framework for assessing and shaping technological developments. Impact Assessment and Project Appraisal 28 (2): 109 – 14
  • A.W. Russell, F. Wickson and A.L Carew (2008) Transdisciplinarity: context, contradictions and capacity. Futures 40 (5): 460-472
  • A.W. Russell, S. Dolnicar and M. Ayoub (2008) Double degrees: double the trouble or twice the return? Higher Education 55 (5): 575–591
  • A.W. Russell and Robert Sparrow (2008) The case for regulating intragenic GMOs. Journal of Agricultural and Environmental Ethics 21 (2): 153-181
  • A.W. Russell (2008) GMOs and their contexts: a comparison of potential and actual performance of GM crops in a local agricultural setting. Geoforum 39 (1): 213-222
  • F. Wickson, A.L Carew and A.W. Russell (2006) Transdisciplinary Research: characteristics, quandaries and quality. Futures 38 (9): 1046-1059
  • A.W. Russell (2005) No academic borders? Transdisciplinarity in university teaching and research. Australian Universities Review 48 (1) 35-41
  • A.W. Russell, Netherwood, G.M.A. and Robinson, S.A. (2004) Photosynthesis in silico. Overcoming the challenges of photosynthesis education using a multimedia CD-ROM. Bioscience Education E-Journal 3, 3-8
  • A.W. Russell (2003) Use of the Triple Bottom Line Framework in Evaluating Social Changes Associated with the Adoption of Genetically Modified Crops in Australia. In: Pritchard, B., Curtis, A., Spriggs, J. & Le Heron, R. Social Dimensions of the Triple Bottom Line in Rural Australia. Bureau of Rural Sciences, Canberra, pp 195-208
  • Hampton, G., Skillen, J., Russell, W., Robinson, S., Rodgerson, L. & Trivett, N. (2003) Integrating Tertiary Literacy into the Curriculum: Effects on Performance and Retention. Proceedings of the Uniserve Improving Learning Outcomes through Flexible Science Teaching Symposium, pp 25-30
  • A.W. Russell (2001) Gene Technology in R&D Provision to the Australian Sugar Industry: Sweetening up Public Research? Rural Society 11 (3): 163-180
  • U. Schiefthaler, A.W. Russell, C. Critchley and H.R. Bolhàr-Nordenkampf (1999) Photoregulation and photodamage in Schefflera arboricola leaves adapted to different light environments. Australian Journal of Plant Physiology 26 (5): 485-494
    33 cites (Web of Science, Jan 2013)
  • C. Critchley, A.W. Russell, & B.C. Morrison (1999) Photoinhibition of photosystem II in leaves: stress, acclimation or regulatory response? In M. Pessarakli (ed.) Handbook of Plant and Crop Stress. Marcel Dekker, Inc., New York
  • S.A.Robinson and A.W.Russell (1998) Development of the photosynthetic apparatus in Australian rainforest leaves. In Garab, G (Ed.) Photosynthesis - Mechanisms and Effects, pp 3991-3994, Budapest, Hungary
  • A.W. Russell, C. Critchley, S.A. Robinson, L.A. Franklin, G.G.R. Seaton, W.S. Chow, J.M. Anderson & C.B. Osmond (1995) Photosystem II regulation and dynamics of the chloroplast D1 protein in Arabidopsis leaves during photosynthesis and photoinhibition. Plant Physiology 107: 943-952
  • C. Critchley & A.W. Russell (1994) Minireview: Photoinhibition of photosynthesis in vivo: the role of protein turnover in photosystem II. Physiologia Plantarum 92: 188-196
  • A.J. Syme, H.R.Bolhàr-Nordenkampf, A.W.Russell and C. Critchley (1992) Light-induced D1 protein - degradation and photosynthesis in sun and shade leaves. Photosynthesis Research 34 (1): 223-223
  • C. Critchley, A.W.Russell, & H.R.Bolhàr-Nordenkampf (1992) Rapid protein turnover in photosystem II - fundamental flaw or regulatory mechanism?  Photosynthetica 27: 183-190
  • C. Critchley & A.W. Russell  (1992) Maximising light interception: The role of chloroplast disposition in cells and thylakoid membrane architecture. In Y.P.Abrol, P. Mohanty, Govindjee (eds.) Photosynthesis. Photo reactions to Plant Productivity, pp 257-278, Oxford & IBH Publishing, New Delhi.


  • S. Robinson, A. Netherwood & A.W. Russell (2002) Photosynthesis in silico. Multimedia CD-Rom. ISBN No. 086418753X
  • W. Russell (2000) Book Review: The Obesity Epidemic. WiseNet Journal, 69: 19
  • W. Russell (2004) Book Review: Recoding Nature. Critical perspectives on genetic engineering. Rural Society 14 (3): 304-305
  • W. Russell (2004) Study into community impact of GM cotton. Narrabri Courier, Thurs, 29 July, 2004
  • S. A. Robinson, W. Russell and A. Netherwood (2003) Photosynthesis in Silico: A multimedia CD-ROM combining animations, simulations and self-paced modules for photosynthesis education at all tertiary levels. CAL-laborate 10: 13-16
  • A.W. Russell (2000) Forging new paths. Transdisciplinarity in Universities. WiseNet Journal, 53: 14-15
  • A.W. Russell (1999) Letting the gene out of the bottle. Opposing views on the debate on transgenic food. Australasian Science, May 1999, p28-31