Wendy Russell

Date:          Tuesday, 20 July 2021

Time:          2 – 2:50 pm

Forum:       Battery Storage and Grid Integration Program Webinar

Speaker(s): Wendy Russell, Visiting Fellow, Centre for the Public Awareness of Science, ANU

Location:    Zoom link

Contact:     Please email Deborah Taylor to register your attendance

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Socio-technical integration is an important aspect of responsible innovation. By understanding how technical dimensions of innovation processes are entwined with social dimensions, researchers can increase their capacity to be reflexive about their roles and responsibilities in innovation, better anticipate innovation directions and consequences, and more fully engage and be responsive to stakeholders, users and publics. It can also help researchers to take their research forward to plausible and impactful futures. I will introduce a new tool, developed with my colleagues at ANU, that is designed to facilitate socio-technical integration through dialogue between a researcher/s and a social scientist/s. The tool explores the non-linearity of innovation paths and the agency of researchers within innovation contexts. It seeks to tether innovation practices and decisions to public concerns, values and judgments.


  • 2.00 pm – Introduction by Hedda Ransan-Cooper, Battery Storage and Grid Integration Program, Australian National University
  • 2.05 pm – Presentation by Wendy Russell, Visiting Fellow, Centre for the Public Awareness of Science, ANU and Director, Double Arrow Consulting, Canberra
  • 2.35 pm – Audience Q&A
  • 2:50 pm – Close

About the speaker

Dr A. Wendy Russell is a visiting fellow at the Centre for the Public Awareness of Science at the Australian National University, conducting research on responsible innovation and convening a course in Science Dialogue. Her research and practice in public engagement with science spans 20 years and has led to more than a dozen peer-reviewed articles. Wendy is a trained engagement practitioner and Director of Double Arrow Consulting, a Canberra business specialising in two-way engagement. Wendy previously worked in the Commonwealth Department of Industry, Innovation, Science and Research, managing the award-winning Science & Technology Engagement Pathways (STEP) program. Before this, she was senior lecturer in the School of Biological Sciences at the University of Wollongong, researching social aspects of biotechnology, transdisciplinarity and technology assessment. Her background is in plant biochemistry.

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