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Dr Justine Lacey

Research Director


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Dr Justine Lacey leads CSIRO’s Responsible Innovation Future Science Platform; a research program examining the interface between science, technology innovation and the associated ethical, social and legal consequences of new and disruptive science and technologies. CSIRO’s Future Science Platforms aim to develop the early stage science that underpins disruptive innovation and has the potential to reinvent and create new industries for Australia.

Prior to taking up this role, Justine led a research group of social and economic scientists developing and supporting adaptive solutions for Australian communities and industries. She is trained as a philosopher and her own research has focused on examining the aspects underpinning the minerals industry’s social licence to operate, and how this concept is used in other resource management contexts, such as forestry and agriculture.

Current Roles

  • Future Science Platform Leader
    Responsible Innovation Future Science Platform

Academic Qualifications

  • 2009

    PhD, Ethics and Natural Resource Management
    The University of Queensland

  • 2003

    Master of Philosophy, Bioethics
    The University of Queensland

  • 1998

    Bachelor of Arts (Honours)
    The University of Queensland

Professional Experiences

  • 2016-2018

    Research Group Leader
    CSIRO Land & Water

  • 2015-2016

    Team Leader & Senior Research Scientist
    CSIRO Land & Water

  • 2011-2015

    Research Scientist
    CSIRO Earth Science and Resource Engineering

Achievements and Awards

  • 2019-

    IAH/NCGRT Distinguished Lecturer
    International Association of Hydrogeologists/National Centre for Groundwater Research & Training

Community and Corporate Citizenship

  • Aug 2021-Jul 22

    Member, World Economic Forum's Global Future Council on Quantum Computing 2020-2022

  • Jun 2021-current

    Scientific Advisory Board, TATuP – Journal for Technology Assessment in Theory and Practice

  • Dec 2020-current

    Advisory Board Member, H2020 funded CO-CHANGE Project

  • Jun 2017-current

    Editorial Board Member, Resources Policy

  • Mar 2018-Sep 2019

    Editorial Advisory Board Member, Environmental Research Letters


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