Professor Alan Petersen

What future do we want?

Professor Alan Petersen believes a lack of effective community consultation over the development and use of new technologies undermines Australia’s democratic system. The leading sociologist wants the broader population to begin to seriously consider how we want our future shaped.

Alan is at the forefront of debate over the connection and communication between science and publics. As an author, researcher and policy adviser in Australia and Britain he has studied the ways science and technology shape our everyday lives for more than 20 years.

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Current and recent external positions, memberships and awards:

Elected, Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences Australia (2017)

Elected, Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences, UK (2016)

Fellow, RSA (The Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce), UK (2005-present)

Honorary Visiting Professor, Centre for Biomedicine and Society, Brunel University, London. (2011-2015)

Member, National Enabling Technologies Strategy Stakeholders Advisory Council (Department of Industry, Innovation, Science, Research and Tertiary Education) (2011-2012)

Member, Gene Technology Ethics and Community Consultative Committee (Department of Health and Aging) (2011-2014)

Member, Management Committee, and Working Group 3, EU COST Action ‘Bio-objects and their boundaries: governing matters at the intersection of society, politics and science’ (2010-2014)

Member, Strategic and Scientific Advisory Committee, Australian Research Centre in Sex, Health and Society (ARCSHS), LaTrobe University (2014-2016)

Member, National Council, National Tertiary Education Union, Victorian Divisional Council, Monash Branch (2016-)

Professional Associations

Member, The Australian Sociological Association (1981-present)

Member, The International Sociological Association (1994-present)

Member, The British Sociological Association (1994-present)

Member, The European Association for the Study of Science and Technology (EASST) (2004-present)

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