Understanding who science is for
Scientists are not just obligated to communicate their research and other scientific advances to the rest of society in a one-way flow of information. Rather, they should be aiming to engage non-scientists in meaningful two-way dialogue, helping to create a society in which science is not only better understood, but also challenged, contested, and collaborative.
Our research is concerned with helping to establish such dialogue in a meaningful way. Working with a variety of different publics, from academics and activists to policymakers and local community groups we seek to understand how science is communicated, and who stands to benefit from such engagements.
Science communication research
- Multiple voices
In order to solve global interdisciplinary problems, such as climate change and the COVID-19 pandemic, scientists need to work-with non-scientists, establishing two-way dialogues that grant agency to all stakeholders. We conduct interdisciplinary research into how best to give voice to those audiences that are traditionally under-heard and underserved by science.
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- Making sense of science
Scientific concepts and technological innovations are complex and continue to change how we live. We use a range of research tools to explore how scientific information is ‘made public’, how people ‘make sense’ of science, and the role of trust and values in acceptance or rejection of a technology
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Study to look at how people adapt to social isolation during COVID-19
A team of scientists from The University of Western Australia’s School of Psychological Science has launched a study to understand the mental health effects of physical isolation during the COVID-19 pandemic. The study is a joint initiative between The University of Western Australia, the Forrest Research Foundation, and the Minderoo Foundation.Read more
Migrants teach us how to care across distances
Social distancing is teaching communities to find new ways to stay socially connected, yet physically distant migrant families have long learnt how to stay close according to researchers from The University of Western Australia.Read more
Staying connected while we practise social distancing
With people being asked to limit their contact with others to minimise the spread of COVID-19, a researcher from The University of Western Australia has suggested ways people can ensure they still stay socially connected without face-to-face contact, and look after their mental health.Read more
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