Podcast: Building bridges between research and industry

Why the infrastructure age needs a new model of community engagement

Kirsty O'Connell, Sara Bice, Nicky Lovegrove

Government and governance, Trade and industry, Arts, culture & society | Australia, Asia, East Asia, South Asia, Southeast Asia, The Pacific, The World

5 October 2018

This week on Policy Forum Pod, we look at the busy intersection of policy, industry and research – and ask whether it needs a pedestrian crossing.

Over $20 billion worth of Australian infrastructure projects over the last decade were cancelled, delayed or mothballed due to community backlash. With another $100 billion in projects underway across the country, policymakers and industry leaders can’t afford to get the community offside. On this week’s podcast, host Nicky Lovegrove chats with Sara Bice and Kirsty O’Connell from the Next Generation Engagement Program – a globally unique research initiative aiming to transform the way the infrastructure sector understands and values community engagement. Topics discussed include why there seems to be more community resistance to infrastructure projects now than in the past, whether community engagement should be regulated by government, and why academics should start ‘co-designing’ their research questions with industry. Listen here: https://simplecast.com/s/4d675b52

Kirsty O’Connell is Industry Director for the Next Generation Engagement Program – a globally unique research program hosted by the Australian National University that aims to transform the way the infrastructure sector understands and values engagement.

Dr Sara Bice is a Senior Research Fellow at Crawford School of Public Policy, and leads the Next Generation Engagement Program based at the school.

Show notes | The following were referred to in this episode:

Next Generation Engagement Program – Australia’s largest study on engagement and infrastructure delivery

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This episode of Policy Forum Pod was edited by Edwina Landale.

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