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Dr Emma Jakku applies her expertise in the sociology of science and technology to help improve the effectiveness of technology development, implementation, and adoption processes. Her research examines the social and institutional context of digital transformation and responsible socio-technical innovation in Australian agriculture. Emma led the Social Dimensions project within CSIRO’s Digiscape Future Science Platform, a program of research and development that created digital products to support next generation decision-making to help transform agricultural industries and environmental action.

Her current research contributes to the Climate Services for Agriculture program, which is providing farmers and advisors with better climate information through tools such as My Climate View ( The Climate Services for Agriculture program is a collaboration between CSIRO and the Bureau of Meteorology, funded by the Australian Government's Future Drought Fund (FDF).

Her past research has focused on:
* researcher and stakeholder interactions in the participatory development of agricultural decision support systems;
* women's participation in sustainability initiatives in the Australian sugarcane industry; and
* transformational responses to climate change adaption in Australian agricultural industries.

Before joining CSIRO in 2003, Emma was lecturer and co-convenor of the course ‘Social Dimensions of Land Management’, in the Australian School of Environmental Studies, Griffith University.

Academic Qualifications

  • 2003

    Doctor of Philosophy
    Australian School of Environmental Studies, Griffith University (Brisbane, Australia).

  • 1998

    Bachelor of Social Science (First Class Honours)
    School of Psychology and Sociology, James Cook University (Townsville, Australia)