Professor Andy Stirling
Science Policy Research Unit, University of Sussex
ANDY STIRLING is Professor of Science and Technology Policy in the Science Policy Research Unit at the University of Sussex. A Fellow of the UK Academy of Social Science, he is (among many research projects) Co-Director of the STEPS Centre and Director of a University Enterprise on Multicriteria Mapping.
Professor Stirling is an interdisciplinary researcher, policy advisor and teacher on issues concerning democracy and sustainability in science, technology and innovation. With an educational background in astronomy, a Masters in Archaeology and Social Anthropology and a Doctorate in Technology Policy, his research focuses on the ‘directions of progress’. This involves variously studying , knowledge and power, uncertainty, precaution and participation, ‘opening up’ social appraisal and diversity and transformation. He has contributed to 8 books/monographs, 3 edited books, 56 academic book chapters, and 53 refereed articles.
Professor Sheila Jasanoff
Pforzheimer Professor of Science and Technology Studies, Harvard Kennedy School
SHEILA JASANOFF is Pforzheimer Professor of Science and Technology Studies at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. Previously, she was founding chair of Cornell University’s Department of Science and Technology Studies. At Harvard, she founded and directs the Program on Science, Technology and Society. Jasanoff’s research centers on the interactions of law, science, and politics in democratic societies. She has written more than 120 articles and book chapters and authored or edited more than 15 books, including The Fifth Branch, Science at the Bar, and Designs on Nature. An edited volume, Dreamscapes of Modernity, was published in 2015. Her newest book, The Ethics of Invention, appeared in 2016.
Jasanoff has held numerous distinguished professorships in the US, Europe, Australia, and Japan. She was a Fellow of the Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin and Karl W. Deutsch Guest Professor at the Wissenschaftszentrum Berlin. Her awards include a Guggenheim fellowship, the Austrian Government’s Ehrenkreuz, the George Sarton Chair of the University of Ghent, the Bernal award of the Society for Social Studies of Science, and an honorary doctorate from the University of Twente. She is a foreign member of the Royal Danish Academy of Sciences and Letters and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. She holds an A.B. in Mathematics from Harvard College, a Ph.D. in Linguistics from Harvard University, and a J.D. from Harvard Law School.
Professor Robyn Eckersley
School of Social and Political Sciences, University of Melbourne
ROBYN ECKERSLEY is a Professor of Political Science in the School of Social and Political Sciences, Faculty of Arts at the University of Melbourne and a member of the Executive Committee of the Melbourne Sustainable Society Institute. She was educated at the University of Western Australia, Cambridge University (UK) and the University of Tasmania, and taught political science at Monash University from 1992-2001. She has published widely in the fields of environmental politics, political theory and international relations, with a special focus on the ethics and governance of climate change. Her book The Green State: Rethinking Democracy and Sovereignty (2004) won the Melbourne Woodward Medal in 2005 for the best research in Humanities and Social Sciences and was runner up in the International Studies Association’s Sprout Award for 2005 for the best book on Environmental Studies. She has been a Visiting Professor at the Centre for International Studies, London School of Economics, at the Research Center for Global Welfare, The Graduate School of Humanities and Social Sciences, Chiba University in Japan, a Senior Visiting Fellow at the Smith School of Enterprise and the Environment, University of Oxford, and the Arne Naess Chair in Global Justice and the Environment at the University of Oslo. She was elected as Fellow of the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia in 2007.
Professor Lars Coenen
City of Melbourne Chair of Resilient Cities, University of Melbourne
Professor Coenen is an economic geographer and scholar in innovation studies. He joined the Melbourne Sustainable Society Institute at the University of Melbourne in January 2017 as the inaugural ‘City of Melbourne Chair of Resilient Cities’, an initiative between the City of Melbourne and University of Melbourne aimed at improving the city’s resilience to sustainability challenges. Prior to this, he was full professor at CIRCLE, the Centre for Innovation, Research, and Competence in the Learning Economy at Lund Universitiy, one of the world-leading interdisciplinary research centres in innovation studies. Here he was heading a research group dealing with innovation and sustainability transitions. Professor Coenen is well-known internationally for his work on regional and urban innovation and, more recently, his pioneering research on the geography of environmental innovation and sustainability transitions. He is author of more than 30 scientific papers published in leading international journals such as Research Policy, Environment and Planning A and Economic Geography.
Other confirmed speakers include:
Professor Helen Sullivan, Crawford School, Australian National University
Professor Colin Wight, University of Sydney
Richard Denniss, Australia Institute
Gordon De Brouwer (former public servant)
Professor Brian Head, University of Queensland
Professor Matthew Kearnes, University of New South Wales
Professor Kathryn Davidson, University of Melbourne
Professor Kerry Arabena, University of Melbourne
Professor Joan Leach, Australian National University