Science and Society Network

The new Science and Society Network (SSN) brings together scientists and social researchers from across Deakin University to work on the greatest challenges facing Australia and the world. By doing so it aims to promote socially informed scientific research and scientifically literate social research.


Overview

Climate change, habitat and biodiversity loss, food and water security, and global health are among some of humanity’s biggest challenges.

These challenges are interconnected and require social researchers and scientists to work in cross-disciplinary ways, to develop solutions.


Our work

The Science and Society Network will be a locus for collaboration and excellence in research, policy translation and science communication that bridges the sciences and the humanities and social sciences (HASS) across the different faculties at Deakin University, its research institutes and Strategic research centres.

The Science and Society Network has two broad aims:

  1. To support collaborations between social science and humanities scholars and life, environmental, and materials scientists and become recognised as a trusted national, regional and international leader in the interdisciplinary field of science and technology studies.
  2. To support policy translation and science communication activities and collaborations that build the impact of Deakin’s research and increase our public footprint as a source of trusted, independent and objective information on how scientific research can be applied to the world's greatest challenges.

Network Leaders

Professor Emma Kowal

Director

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Dr Timothy Neale

Deputy Director,
Collaborations

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Dr Euan Ritchie

Deputy Director,
Communication and Outreach

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Research themes and projects

Over the next three months, team members will work to develop Network themes that reflect both existing areas of strengths and potential areas of development. Themes will assist in integrating science and technology studies, policy translation and science communication activities. We anticipate these may include Indigenous knowledges; environmental challenges; and biomedical futures.

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Environmental challenges

Theme leaders: Dr Euan Ritchie and Dr Tim Neale

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Data cultures

Theme leaders: Dr Radhika Gorur and Professor Dinh Phung

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Indigenous knowledges

Theme leaders: Professor Brian Martin and Professor Emma Kowal

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Healthy futures

Theme leaders: Professor Jo Salmon (TBC) and Dr Dominique Martin

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Our members

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Faculty of Arts and Education

Linda Hancock
Emma Kowal
Christopher Mayes
Talia Morag
Timothy Neale
John Powers
Natalie Ralph
Radhika Gorur
Brian Martin
Jack Reynolds
Jondi Keane
David Mccooey
John Mccormick
Margaret Wertheim
Helen Gardner
David Lowe
Adam Molnar
Patrick Stokes
Cathy Legg
David Giles
Robert Di Nicolantonio
David Gall

Faculty of Business and Law

Faculty of Health

David Crawford
Jo Salmon
Brendan Crotty
Trish Livingston
David Mellor
Catherine Bennett
Cathy Mihanopoulos
Anna Peeters
Tamara Browne
Karen Dwyer
Dominique Martin
Jon Watson
Peter Enticott
Matthew Fuller-Tyszkiewicz
Craig Olsson
Nicole Rinehart
Gregory Tooley

Faculty of Science, Engineering and Built Environment

Lambert Brau
Robert Faggian
Tim Doherty
Don Driscoll
Marcel Klaassen
Euan Ritchie
Thin Nguyen
Dinh Phung
Svetha Venkatesh
Anne Brocklebank Proud

Institute for Intelligent Systems Research and Innovation

Douglas Creighton
Saeid Nahavandi

Institute for Frontier Materials

Maria Forsyth
Jenny Pringle
Sona Shekibi
Robin Taylor

Office of the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research)

Joe Graffam