Dr Wendy Russell

Dr Wendy Russell is currently a research fellow with the Battery Storage and Grid Integration Program in the College of Engineering and Computer Science. She was previously a research fellow in the National Centre for the Public Awareness of Science in the College of Science at ANU. She is also an associate of the Centre for Deliberative Democracy and Global Governance at the University of Canberra. She began her career as a lecturer in Biological Sciences at the University of Wollongong, gradually shifting her research focus to technology assessment and transdisciplinary research. She worked for a time in the Commonwealth Department of Industry, Innovation, Science and Research, trained in community engagement and facilitation and has since established her own consultancy, Double Arrow Consulting, which specialises in deliberative engagement. She has received awards for her research, teaching and community engagement work.

Science dialogue, deliberation and engagement (intensive), through CPAS, ANU

Wendy’s research interests include responsible innovation, public engagement with science, deliberative democracy and technology assessment. She has studied social dimensions of biotechnology and synthetic biology, nanotechnology, and now renewable energy. She has practical expertise in deliberative engagement, dialogue, collaboration, process design and facilitation. She is also an expert in research impact and was a founding member of the Knowledge-to-Action network at ANU.

N.J. Marks & A.W. Russell (2015) Public engagement in biosciences and biotechnologies: Reflections on the role of sociology and STS. Journal of Sociology, 51(1), 97-115.

A.W. Russell (2013). Improving legitimacy in nanotechnology policy development through stakeholder and community engagement: forging new pathways. Review of Policy Research 30 (5): 566-587

A.W. Russell (2013) Improving Legitimacy in Nanotechnology Policy Development through Stakeholder and Community Engagement: Forging New Pathways, Review of Policy Research, 30 (5):566-587

F. Vanclay, A.W. Russell and J. Kimber (2013) Enhancing innovation in agriculture at the policy level: The potential contribution of Technology Assessment. Land Use Policy 31: 406-411

A.W. Russell, F. Vanclay, J. Salisbury and H. Aslin (2011) Technology assessment in Australia: The case for a formal agency to improve advice to policy makers. Policy Sciences 44: 157-177

A.W. Russell, F. Vanclay, H. Aslin, (2010) Technology Assessment in Social Context: The case for a new framework for assessing and shaping technological developments.Impact Assessment and Project Appraisal 28 (2): 109 – 14

A.W. Russell, F. Wickson and A.L Carew (2008) Transdisciplinarity: context, contradictions and capacity. Futures 40 (5): 460-472

A.W. Russell, S. Dolnicar and M. Ayoub (2008) Double degrees: double the trouble or twice the return? Higher Education 55 (5): 575–591

A.W. Russell and Robert Sparrow (2008) The case for regulating intragenic GMOs. Journal of Agricultural and Environmental Ethics 21 (2): 153-181

A.W. Russell (2008) GMOs and their contexts: a comparison of potential and actual performance of GM crops in a local agricultural setting. Geoforum 39 (1): 213-222

F. Wickson, A.L Carew and A.W. Russell (2006) Transdisciplinary Research: characteristics, quandaries and quality. Futures 38 (9): 1046-1059

A.W. Russell (2005) No academic borders? Transdisciplinarity in university teaching and research. Australian Universities Review 48 (1) 35-41

A.W. Russell, Netherwood, G.M.A. and Robinson, S.A. (2004) Photosynthesis in silico. Overcoming the challenges of photosynthesis education using a multimedia CD-ROM.Bioscience Education E-Journal 3, 3-8

A.W. Russell (2003) Use of the Triple Bottom Line Framework in Evaluating Social Changes Associated with the Adoption of Genetically Modified Crops in Australia. In: Pritchard, B., Curtis, A., Spriggs, J. & Le Heron, R. Social Dimensions of the Triple Bottom Line in Rural AustraliaBureau of Rural Sciences, Canberra, pp 195-208

Hampton, G., Skillen, J., Russell, W., Robinson, S., Rodgerson, L. & Trivett, N. (2003) Integrating Tertiary Literacy into the Curriculum: Effects on Performance and Retention. Proceedings of the Uniserve Improving Learning Outcomes through Flexible Science Teaching Symposiumpp 25-30

A.W. Russell (2001) Gene Technology in R&D Provision to the Australian Sugar Industry: Sweetening up Public Research? Rural Society 11 (3): 163-180

U. Schiefthaler, A.W. Russell, C. Critchley and H.R. Bolhàr-Nordenkampf (1999) Photoregulation and photodamage in Schefflera arboricola leaves adapted to different light environments. Australian Journal of Plant Physiology 26 (5): 485-494
33 cites (Web of Science, Jan 2013)

C. Critchley, A.W. Russell, & B.C. Morrison (1999) Photoinhibition of photosystem II in leaves: stress, acclimation or regulatory response? In M. Pessarakli (ed.) Handbook of Plant and Crop Stress. Marcel Dekker, Inc., New York

S.A.Robinson and A.W.Russell (1998) Development of the photosynthetic apparatus in Australian rainforest leaves. In Garab, G (Ed.) Photosynthesis - Mechanisms and Effects, pp 3991-3994, Budapest, Hungary

A.W. Russell, C. Critchley, S.A. Robinson, L.A. Franklin, G.G.R. Seaton, W.S. Chow, J.M. Anderson & C.B. Osmond (1995) Photosystem II regulation and dynamics of the chloroplast D1 protein in Arabidopsis leaves during photosynthesis and photoinhibition. Plant Physiology 107: 943-952

C. Critchley & A.W. Russell (1994) Minireview: Photoinhibition of photosynthesis in vivo: the role of protein turnover in photosystem II. Physiologia Plantarum 92: 188-196

A.J. Syme, H.R.Bolhàr-Nordenkampf, A.W.Russell and C. Critchley (1992) Light-induced D1 protein - degradation and photosynthesis in sun and shade leaves. Photosynthesis Research 34 (1): 223-223

C. Critchley, A.W.Russell, & H.R.Bolhàr-Nordenkampf (1992) Rapid protein turnover in photosystem II - fundamental flaw or regulatory mechanism?  Photosynthetica 27: 183-190

C. Critchley & A.W. Russell  (1992) Maximising light interception: The role of chloroplast disposition in cells and thylakoid membrane architecture. In Y.P.Abrol, P. Mohanty, Govindjee (eds.) Photosynthesis. Photo reactions to Plant Productivity, pp 257-278, Oxford & IBH Publishing, New Delhi.


  • International Association for Public Participation (IAP2) Core Values Regional (ACT) and Project of the Year National Awards, 2011 and Core Values Regional (ACT) Award, 2013 (as project manager)
  • Citation for Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning, The Carrick Institute for Learning and Teaching in Higher Education, Australia, 2006
  • Outstanding Contribution to Teaching and Learning Faculty Award, University of Wollongong, 2006
  • Science and Innovation Award for Young People, Commonwealth Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry, NSW award, 2003
  • Award for Outstanding Achievement in Education, Australian College of Education, 2001
  • Young Biophysicist Award, Australian Biophysics Society, 1995
  • Young Endeavour Science Award (Federal Government), 1992

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