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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

  • 2016-

    Social Innovation in Mining

Other highlights

  • 2021-

    Invited Panellist, Deep Tech for Good at SGInnovate's Deep Tech Summit 2021, Singapore and online

  • 2021-

    CSIRO-Industry Panel on Collaboration as an Innovation Accelerator, Australian Institute of Food Science & Technology Convention, online

  • 2021-

    Invited panellist, Liquid Interactive's Future-led Event Series, Superintelligent AI: Social saviour or world threat?, Brisbane

  • 2021-

    Fireside chat with Dr Andrew Moore (CSIRO), CSIRO Cutting Edge Symposium on Responsible AgTech, Brisbane

  • 2021-

    Guest lecture on designing responsible science and technology, RMIT Industrial Design Studio

  • 2020-

    Invited panellist, Public Interest Technology Digital Forum, Committee for the Economic Development of Australia (CEDA), online

  • 2020-

    Invited Panellist, Social licence for hydrogen, Australian Hydrogen Conference , online

  • 2020-

    Invited Speaker, Is responsible innovation the pathway to responsible tech?, ResponsibleTech Summit 2020, online

  • 2020-

    Guest interview with Dr Rebecca Colvin on social licence and public opinion, ANU Graduate Course on Environmental Policy & Communications

  • 2020-

    Invited Panellist, Re-designing technology, Something Digital Festival, Brisbane and online

  • 2020-

    Invited panel discussion with Prof Marek Kowalkiewicz (QUT), Digital in a post-pandemic world, Something Digital Riff Sessions, online

  • 2019-

    Presenter, Australasian Groundwater Conference, Brisbane

  • 2019-

    Invited Speaker, Kimberly Pilbara Cattlemen's Association Innovation Conference, Broome

  • 2019-

    Invited Panellist, Privacy - Is it ours to hold on to?, Something Digital Festival, Brisbane

  • 2019-

    2019 IAH/NCGRT Distinguished Lecturer, Social Licence to Operate: a critical issue for groundwater in Australia and around the world, delivered nationally in Perth, Adelaide, Townsville, Brisbane, Darwin, Sydney, Melbourne & Canberra

  • 2019-

    Invited Panellist, Ethics of Evolutionary Computation & Robotics, RMIT Engaging for Impact, Melbourne

  • 2019-

    Invited Panellist, Social licence to operate - whose responsibility is it anyway?, Australian Rangelands Conference, Canberra

  • 2019-

    Keynote Presentation, State of Energy Research Conference, ANU, Canberra

  • 2019-

    Invited Panellist, WA Water Industry Breakfast, Managing Water in WA: Is our approach sustainable?, Perth

  • 2018-

    Presenter, Pint of Science Festival, Brisbane

  • 2018-

    Invited Panellist, ANU Social Equity in Energy Transformation Symposium, Canberra

  • 2018-

    Guest Lecture on Science & Ethics, Peter Cullen Trust, Canberra

  • 2018-2018

    Invited Panellist, CEDA event on Social licence to operate - the future of business

  • 2018-

    Keynote Presentation, Asking for permission? The role of social licence in coral restoration, Great Barrier Reef Restoration Symposium, Cairns

  • 2018-

    Guest Lecture on Stakeholder Engagement , School of Chemical Engineering, UQ, Brisbane

  • 2018-

    Invited Panellist, Responsible research and innovation: what does it mean for science communication, Australian National Centre for the Public Awareness of Science, ANU, Canberra

  • 2017

    Invited Panellist, ANU Energy Update

  • 2017

    Invited Panellist, Australasian Groundwater Conference

  • 2015

    Invited Panellist, UTAS Public Forum on Social Licence

Community and Corporate Citizenship

  • Aug 2021-current

    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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