Dr Wendy Russell is the Director and Principal Consultant of Double Arrow Consulting. She has diverse experience in science, social science, policy and engagement practice, which brings a breadth of perspective to her work in engaging, synthesising and integrating across boundaries. She set up Double Arrow Consulting in 2013 to provide engagement services and to develop deliberative engagement methods for national policy. She is also a strong advocate of technology assessment (TA) and is working to build TA capacity for Australia.
Wendy most recently worked in the Commonwealth Department of Innovation (formerly DIISR, DIISRTE and DIICCSRTE) developing and implementing the Science & Technology Engagement Pathways (STEP) framework under the National Enabling Technologies Strategy. http://doublearrowconsulting.com.au/recent-work/ This involved designing, running and reporting on a series of stakeholder and public engagement workshops, and working with a group of diverse stakeholders to design STEP.
The multistakeholder co-design process won the International Association for Public Participation (IAP2) Australasia ACT and Project of the Year Core Values Awards in 2011, and the implementation of STEP (a series of engagements called STEP into the Future) won the ACT Core Values Award from IAP2 in 2013.
Wendy is trained in public and stakeholder engagement, deliberative democracy, writing and editing and facilitation. She is an active member of IAP2 and is working as IAP2 regional coordinator to build membership and community engagement practice in the ACT.
Wendy is a visiting fellow at the Centre for the Public Awareness of Science and an associate at the Centre for Deliberative Democracy and Global Governance at the Australian National University. Previously, she was an academic at the University of Wollongong researching social aspects of biotechnology, transdisciplinary research and technology assessment, reflected in over 20 refereed journal articles and book chapters and numerous national and international conference presentations. She is also an award-winning tertiary teacher and education researcher.
Wendy has a PhD in plant sciences and has refereed publications and awards associated with her research on photosynthesis.
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