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Dr Rebecca Coates

Research Scientist- Responsible Innovation


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Dr Rebecca Coates is a Sociologist. Her research focus is on the intersection of science, society and technology, with this dynamic explored through the lens of responsible innovation. Her current research interests include applied ethics, particularly in relation to emerging and new technologies; and the public perceptions of responsible innovation.

Dr Coates leads a multi-disciplinary team on a project about the ethical and technical risks of quantum computing for cybersecurity, funded by CSIRO's Responsible Innovation Future Science Platform (RI FSP) and Data61. She also contributes to the longitudinal study on the Public Perceptions of Responsible Innovation.

Dr Coates is an alumna of the University of Queensland. Her PhD, co-supervised from within the Institute for Social Science Research and the School of Social Science, contributed to understandings of social stratification in Australian society, with an analysis of the socioeconomic aspirations of high-school students in Queensland. Prior to joining CSIRO, Rebecca taught tertiary quantitative and qualitative social science research methods, and conducted research broadly related to social inequality in Australia, including homelessness research and Indigenous housing research.

Academic Qualifications

  • 2014

    Doctor of Philosophy (Sociology)
    The University of Queensland

  • 2006

    Bachelor of Arts (Honours- Class 1)
    The University of Queensland

  • 2005

    Bachelor of Arts
    The University of Queensland

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