Exploring the intersect between new technologies, responsible research and inclusive innovation, and agriculture and food

This PhD project will focus on a topic within the realm of new technologies – from synthetic biology to the use of AI, responsible research and inclusive innovation, and agriculture and food.
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The successful candidate will have an interest new technologies—from synthetic biology techniques to the use of AI, responsible research and inclusive innovation, and how these translate into agriculture. The applicant will also have the flexibility to work with the program lead to design their own project within these parameters. Located at the Australian National University in Canberra, you will become part of a passionate team headed up by Professors Joan Leach and Rachel Ankeny.

The successful student will help to co-construct the specific thesis topic together with supervisors and industry mentors, but key questions are likely to include:

  • What are the enablers and inhibitors to benefit sharing in transformative crop technologies in Australia?
  • What are the industry and public expectations and values with regard to transformative crop technologies, and how can tensions or conflicts be resolved between them?
  • What does responsible research innovation require in relation to benefit sharing and pursuit of the public good, in light of increasing pressures to commercialise in science?

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Project supervisor

Professor Joan Leach

Areas of Research Interest –

• Science Communication and Public Engagement with Science
• Responsible Research and Innovation
• Social Epistemology
• Ethics of Science Communication

Expertise & Skills –

Theoretical and conceptual analysis, qualitative empirical social science research, Social Studies of Science and Technology

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