The Centre for Policy Futures has partnered with Australia's Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) to examine the policy, regulatory, and ethical implications of CSIRO's Future Science Platforms (FSPs).  The CSIRO-UQ Responsible Innovation Collaboration is a five-year co-funded $3.9 million agreement that began in December 2017.

Assessing the benefits, risks and uncertainties that science and technology innovations present for society and the environment is a key priority for research institutes and universities. Such assessments are increasingly being located within the innovation development process, rather than after the innovation has launched on the market.

CSIRO's FSPs represent a strategic investment in emerging science that underpins innovation and has the potential to help reinvent and create new industries for Australia.  They are also designed to grow the capability of a new generation of researchers and attract the best students to work on areas of future science including synthetic biology, robotics and digital technologies, data mining and decision-making for agricultural and environmental management, precision health, and future energy systems. 

Working across CSIRO’s FSPs, the Collaboration will focus on several, inter-related areas of inquiry to bring social science and humanities insights into innovation processes:

1. Identifying the multidimensionality of potential risks and responsibilities
2. Understanding trust in emerging technologies
3. Developing institutional effectiveness to seize opportunities and manage risk
4. Highlighting policy, regulatory, legal and community mechanisms to facilitate the positive outcomes from emerging technologies while minimising social, cultural and environmental risks.

The CSIRO-UQ Responsible Innovation Collaboration includes the appointment of two postdoctoral fellows and eight PhD students undertaking research in the policy, regulatory, legal, social, environmental or ethical challenges posed by new areas of science and technology. PhD students are being supervised by both UQ and CSIRO scientists.

 

Professor Karen Hussey
Director, Centre for Policy Futures, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences UQ

Associate Professor Paul Henman
Principal Research Fellow (CSIRO-UQ Responsible innovation Collaboration), UQ

Dr Justine Lacey
Principal Research Scientist, CSIRO

Postdoctoral Fellow, Regulation and Synthetic Biology, UQ
 
Artem Anyshchenko
Postdoctoral Fellow, Regulation and Synthetic Biology, UQ

PhD Students

Michele Walters (School of Business; advisors Tim Kastelle; Hugh Possingham; Cathy Robinson)
Use of Artificial Intelligence to incorporate Indigenous knowledge to make better environmental decisions and optimise environmental health outcomes

Sonali Hedditch (School of Social Science; advisors Kristen Lyons; Marcus Barber; Lucy Carter)
The impact of cultural diversity on the development and use of novel biological systems 

Robert Arcidiacono (School of Social Science; advisors Kristen Lyons; Kiah Smith; Simon Fielke)
How Digital Agriculture innovations are impacting rural communities: A comparative analysis across agricultural technologies

Dr Farzad Jahedi (School of Social Science; advisors Paul Henman; Rebecca Olson; Jillian Ryan)
Young people’s attitudes towards new and emerging digital mental health interventions