Communicating about social impacts to scientists, engineers, and corporations who are changing our planet
Thursday 23 February
Katherine Witt, PhD, is based at UQ’s Centre for Social Responsibility in Mining. Dr Witt has worked for the Queensland government and has extensive research experience at UQ in areas of environmental and community change. Her doctorate is in environmental management with a focus on the concept of social responsibility for agriculture in relation to land ownership and natural resource management. She applies qualitative and systems-thinking approaches in her research.
Contribution to seeing science differently
This line of research contributes to seeing science differently by recognising that the institutions and methods of science play a powerful role in natural resource development and in management of organisations and regions. That means that information and insight that is useful to decision-making, but that comes from ‘non-scientific’ sources, might be more effective if it is tailored so as to be understood and appreciated by scientific audiences. In this instance, we are taking insights into how peoples’ lives are changing in response to significant nearby resource development and presenting it in a way that an engineer, a scientist, or a technically astute corporate leader can understand. So, we are seeing ‘science’ as characterising certain audiences.