Professor Peta Ashworth

Chair in Sustainable Energy Futures

School of Chemical Engineering
Faculty of Engineering, Architecture and Information Technology

Affiliate Professor

UQ Centre for Coal Seam Gas
Faculty of Engineering, Architecture and Information Technology

Affiliate Professor

School of Social Science
Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences
p.ashworth@uq.edu.au
+61 7 334 68831

Overview

Peta joined the University of Queensland in April, 2016. As Chair in Sustainable Energy Futures, Peta has responsibility for the Master of Energy Studies. She is also tasked with the role of building energy literacy more broadly and continuing her research around public perceptions of climate and energy technologies.

Peta Ashworth brings over thirty years’ experience working in a range of senior management and research roles. Peta is well known for her expertise in the energy field, communication and stakeholder engagement and technology assessment. Peta has been researching public attitudes to climate and energy technologies (wind, CCS, solar PV, geothermal) for the past ten years with a particular focus on CCS. She currently Co-Chairs the Independent Advisory Panel for the Radioactive Waste Management Facility project for the Department of Industry, Innovation and Science. She has also been Chair of the IEA GHG Social Research Network since its inception in 2009 and has assisted in the coordination of five international research meetings of the network – Paris, Yokohama, Noosa, Calgary and Cambridge (UK). Previously, Peta conceptualised and led the Science into Society Group (SISG) within CSIRO’s Division of Earth Science and Resource Engineering, which specialised in interdisciplinary research at the interface between science and society. Peta has an interest in designing a range of dialogic processes for engaging around complex issues.

Peta is also a partner in the Horizon2020 project Responsible Research and Innovation in Practice (RRI). The RRI project brings together a unique group of international experts to understand the barriers and drivers to the successful implementation of RRI in global contexts; to promote reflection on organisational structures and cultures of research conducting and research funding organisations; and to identify best practices to facilitate the uptake of RRI in organisations and research programmes.

Qualifications

  • Master of Business Administration, The University of Queensland
  • Bachelor of Education, Qld. UT
  • Diploma of Teaching

Publications

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Grants

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Supervision

  • Master Philosophy

  • Doctor Philosophy

  • Doctor Philosophy

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Available Projects

  • Organisational Environment 机构环境

    Come and join an exciting multi-disciplinary research group that is working on solving some of the world’s most pressing energy and environmental problems. The University of Queensland Energy Initiative has received funding for a project on a new Carbon Storage evaluation trial, which will advance Australia’s understanding of its capacity to permanently store carbon dioxide in geological formations. A parallel social science program will work on establishing CCS in the context of future energy choices and work to understand the impact of mainstream media and social media on public attitudes to CCS and other energy technologies. We are currently seeking interested PhD students for the social science project with joint supervision between the University of Queensland and an associated Chinese University, Jinan University. The project will also be supported through the Nanfang Media Group and the UK-China (Guangdong) CCUS Centre which will provide students with the opportunity to work with industry case study projects in China.

    机构环境

    欢迎加入令人兴奋的跨学科研究团队,帮助解决一些全世界最紧迫的能源和环境问题。昆士兰大学能源倡议的一个新碳封存评估试验项目得到资助,将加深澳大利亚对其永久地质碳封存能力的理解。同时进行的社会科学项目将着眼于在未来能源选择背景下实施CCS,并将解读主流媒体和社交媒体对公众看待CCS及其它能源技术的态度的影响。我们目前正在寻找对此感兴趣的博士生,这个社会科学项目将由昆士兰大学和国内的暨南大学共同监管。这个项目还将得到南方传媒集团和中英(广东)CCUS中心的支持,后者将为学生们提供研究国内行业实际案例的机会。

    昆士兰大学连续多年名列全球高校排行前50名,有着公认的良好研究环境。学校所在地布里斯班位于澳大利亚东北海岸的亚热带气候区,公共交通便利,悠闲的生活方式闻名于世。领导团队拥有开发世界级碳捕集与封存研究项目的丰富经验。详细信息可访问昆士兰大学能源倡议网站:https://energy.uq.edu.au/

    如果您已成功申请UQ-CSC奖学金,可以自主选择在昆士兰大学的职位。更多关于UQ-CSC奖学金和昆士兰大学招生要求的信息,请访问:https://scholarships.uq.edu.au/scholarship/csc-uq-phd-scholarship。或者,也可选择常驻暨南大学,将需要到澳大利亚出差,时间不定。这个项目每年将拿出1万澳元,作为对博士生的额外资助。

    建议课题:碳捕集与封存相关的社交媒体分析(中国和澳大利亚)

    能源技术的社会接受度被认为是商业化阻碍因素,在碳捕集与封存领域尤为突出。在这个项目中,研究重点需要放在媒体分析上。这个博士生项目将研究社交媒体、博客和网络新闻媒体日益增长的影响力,它们给受众提供了大量的信息,虽然不是所有信息都准确或有科研证据做支撑,也不是所有信息能带来未来更多样的选择。这部分建议从中国和澳大利亚存在的CCS媒体渠道范围(博客、新闻出版和社交媒体)入手。其中一个关键部分是调查在中国影响低碳能源项目的公众接受度的因素,需要制定一个中澳两方一致同意的媒体分析方案。

    请将英文申请用邮件发送至Peta Ashworth教授(p.ashworth@uq.edu.au)。如果您想申请CSC-UQ博士生奖学金,发送时间不得晚于2017年9月23日。

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Publications

Book

Book Chapter

  • Ashworth, Peta (2017). Best practice for community engagement: determining who is affected and what is at stake. In R. Quentin Grafton, Ian G. Cronshaw and Michael C. Moore (Ed.), Risks, rewards and regulation of unconventional natural gas: a global perspective (pp. 391-410) Cambridge, United Kingdom: Cambridge University Press. doi:10.1017/9781316341209.021

  • Lacey, J., Moffat, K., Zhang, A. and Ashworth, P. (2014). Earning a social licence for alternative transport fuels. In Robert Clark and Mark Thomson (Ed.), Transport Fuels from Australia’s Gas Resources: Advancing the Nation's Energy Security (pp. 201-212) University of Sydney, Sydney: UNSW Press.

  • Mander, Sarah, Gough, Clair, Wood, Ruth, Ashworth, Peta and Dowd, Anne-Marie (2013). New energy technologies in the media: A case study of carbon capture and storage. In Thomas Roberts, Paul Upham, Sarah Mander, Carly McLachlan, Philip Boucher, Clair Gough and Dana Abi Ghanem (Ed.), Low-carbon energy controversies (pp. 225-255) Abingdon, Oxon, United Kingdom: Routledge. doi:10.4324/9780203105153

  • Juan, M. Carmen, Furio, David, Alem, Leila, Ashworth, Peta and Giménez, Miguelon (2011). An augmented reality library for mobile phones and its application for recycling. In Lee Chao (Ed.), Open source mobile learning: mobile Linux applications (pp. 124-139) Hershey, PA, United States: IGI Global. doi:10.4018/978-1-60960-613-8

  • Alem, L., Furio, D., Juan, C. and Ashworth, P. (2011). Effect of collaboration and competition in an augmented reality game. In Leila Alem and Weidon Huang (Ed.), Recent Trends of Mobile Collaborative Augmented Reality Systems (pp. 109-116) London, United Kingdom: Springer. doi:10.1007/978-1-4419-9845-3_8

  • Ashworth, P. and Cormick, C. (2011). Enabling the Social Shaping of CCS Technology. In I. Havercroft, R. Macrory and R. B. Stewart (Ed.), Carbon Capture and Storage: Emerging Legal and Regulatory Issues (pp. 251-264) London, United Kingdom: Hart Publishing.

  • Ashworth, P. (2011). Reducing energy demand: the imperative for behavioural change. In Cleugh, E., Stafford Smith, M., Battaglia, M. and Graham, P. (Ed.), Climate Change: Science and Solutions for Australia (pp. 127-134) Canberra, ACT Australia: CSIRO Publishing.

  • Ashworth, Peta, Littleboy, Anna, Graham, Paul and Niemeyer, Simon (2011). Turning the Heat On: Public Engagement in Australia's Energy Future. In Patrick Devine-Wright (Ed.), Renewable Energy and the Public: From Nimby to Participation (pp. 131-147) London, United Kingdom: Taylor and Francis. doi:10.4324/9781849776707

  • Gardner, John and Ashworth, Peta (2008). Towards the intelligent grid: a review of the literature. In Peter Droege (Ed.), Urban Energy Transition: From Fossil Fuels to Renewable Power (pp. 283-307) Oxford, UK: Elsevier. doi:10.1016/B978-0-08-045341-5.00012-8

Journal Article

Conference Publication

  • Itaoka, Kenshi, Saito, Aya, Dowd, Anne-Maree, Waldhober, Marjolein de Best and Ashworth, Peta (2014). Influence of the large earthquake and nuclear plant accident on perception of CCS. In: Proceedings of the 12th International Conference On Greenhouse Gas Control Technologies, GHGT-12. 12th International Conference on Greenhouse Gas Control Technologies, GHGT 2014, Austin, TX, United States, (7133-7140). 4 - 9 October 2014. doi:10.1016/j.egypro.2014.11.749

  • Lacey, Justine, Moffat, Kieren and Ashworth, Peta (2014). TA and sustainability in Australia's mining and resource extraction sectors. In: Tomas Michalek, Lenka Hebáková, Leonard Hennen, Constance Scherz, Lina Nierling and Julia Hahn, Proceedings from the Pacita 2013 Conference in Prague. Technology Assessment and Policy Areas of Great Transitions, Prague Czech Republic, (201-206). 13 - 15 March 2013.

  • Ashworth, Peta, Muriuki, Grace and Jeanneret, Talia (2014). Understanding Australian attitudes to low carbon energy technologies. In: Proceedings of the 12th International Conference On Greenhouse Gas Control Technologies, GHGT-12. 12th International Conference on Greenhouse Gas Control Technologies, GHGT 2014, Austin, TX, United States, (6991-6998). 4 - 9 October 2014. doi:10.1016/j.egypro.2014.11.732

  • Ashworth, Peta, Jeanneret, Talia, Romanach, Lygia and Ranasinghe, Namiko (2014). Understanding stakeholder attitudes to CCS in Victoria, Australia. In: Proceedings of the 12th International Conference On Greenhouse Gas Control Technologies, GHGT-12. 12th International Conference on Greenhouse Gas Control Technologies, GHGT 2014, Austin, TX, United States, (6982-6990). 4 - 9 October 2014. doi:10.1016/j.egypro.2014.11.731

  • Dowd, Anne-Maree, Ashworth, Peta, Rodriguez, Michelle, Paukovic, Mia, de Best-Waldhober, Marjolein, Straver, Koen and Mastop, Jessanne (2013). Developing an interactive survey game for informing opinions about CCS. In: Proceedings of the 11th International Conference on Greenhouse Gas Control Technologies, GHGT 2012. 11th International Conference on Greenhouse Gas Control Technologies, GHGT 2012, Kyoto, Japan, (7428-7435). 18 - 22 November 2012. doi:10.1016/j.egypro.2013.06.685

  • Ashworth, Peta, Einsiedel, Edna, Howell, Rhys, Brunsting, Suzanne, Boughen, Naomi, Boyd, Amanda, Shackley, Simon, Van Bree, Bas, Jeanneret, Talia, Stenner, Karen, Medlock, Jennifer, Mabon, Leslie, Feenstra, C. F. J. (Ynke) and Hekkenberg, Michiel (2013). Public preferences to CCS: how does it change across countries?. In: Proceedings of the 11th International Conference on Greenhouse Gas Control Technologies, GHGT 2012. 11th International Conference on Greenhouse Gas Control Technologies, GHGT 2012, Kyoto, Japan, (7410-7418). 18 - 22 November 2012. doi:10.1016/j.egypro.2013.06.683

  • Itaoka, Kenshi, Dowd, Anne-Maree, Saito, Aya, Paukovic, Mia, de Best-Waldhober, Marjolein and Ashworth, Peta (2013). Relating individual perceptions of carbon dioxide to perceptions of CCS: an international comparative study. In: Proceedings of the 11th International Conference on Greenhouse Gas Control Technologies, GHGT 2012. 11th International Conference on Greenhouse Gas Control Technologies, GHGT 2012, Kyoto, Japan, (7436-7443). 18 - 22 November 2012. doi:10.1016/j.egypro.2013.06.686

  • Carr-Cornish, S. G., Ashworth, P. N., Romanach, L., Huddlestone-Holmes, C. R., Hobman, E. V. and Dowd, A.-M. (2012). Towards a framework for understanding knowledge and support for the use of geothermal energy in Australia. In: Geothermal Resources Council Annual Meeting 2012, GRC 2012 - Geothermal: Reliable, Renewable, Global. Geothermal Resources Council Annual Meeting 2012 - Geothermal: Reliable, Renewable, Global, GRC 2012, Reno, NV, (1173-1177). 30 September -3 October 2012.

  • Carmen Juan, M., Furio, David, Alem, Leila, Ashworth, Peta and Cano, Juan (2011). ARGreenet and BasicGreenet: Two mobile games for learning how to recycle. In: Gladimir Baranoski and Vaclav Skala , Wscg 2011: Full Papers Proceedings. 19th International Conference in Central Europe on Computer Graphics, Visualization and Computer Vision, Plzen, Czech Republic, (25-32). 31 January-3 February 2011.

  • Alem, Leila, Furio, David, Juan, Carmen and Ashworth, Peta (2011). Effect of collaboration and competition in an augmented reality mobile game. In: Leila Alem and Weidong Huang, Recent Trends of Mobile Collaborative Augmented Reality Systems. Conference on Recent Trends of Mobile Collaborative Augmented Reality Systems, Seoul South Korea, (109-116). 13-16 October, 2010. doi:10.1007/978-1-4419-9845-3_8

  • Ashworth, Peta, Paxton, Gillian and Carr-Cornish, Simone (2011). Reflections on a process for developing public trust in energy technologies: follow-up results of the Australian large group process. In: Proceedings of the 10th International Conference on Greenhouse Gas Control Technologies. 10th International Conference on Greenhouse Gas Control Technologies, Amsterdam, Netherlands, (6322-6329). 19 - 23 September 2010. doi:10.1016/j.egypro.2011.02.648

  • Ashworth, Peta and Quezada, George (2011). Who's talking CCS?. In: Proceedings of the 10th International Conference on Greenhouse Gas Control Technologies. 10th International Conference on Greenhouse Gas Control Technologies, Amsterdam, Netherlands, (6194-6201). 19 - 23 September 2010. doi:10.1016/j.egypro.2011.02.631

  • Ashworth, Peta, Boughen, Naomi, Mayhew, Melissa and Millar, Frances (2009). An integrated roadmap of communication activities around carbon capture and storage in Australia and beyond. In: Energy Procedia - Greenhouse Gas Control Technologies 9, Proceedings of the 9th International Conference on Greenhouse Gas Control Technologies, GHGT-9. 9th International Conference on Greenhouse Gas Control Technologies, GHGT-9, Washington DC, (4749-4756). November 16, 2008-November 20, 2008. doi:10.1016/j.egypro.2009.02.300

  • Ashworth, Peta, Carr-Cornish, Simone, Boughen, Naomi and Thambimuthu, Kelly (2009). Engaging the public on carbon dioxide capture and storage: Does a large group process work?. In: Energy Procedia - Greenhouse Gas Control Technologies 9, Proceedings of the 9th International Conference on Greenhouse Gas Control Technologies, GHGT-9. 9th International Conference on Greenhouse Gas Control Technologies, GHGT-9, Washington DC, (4765-4773). November 16, 2008-November 20, 2008. doi:10.1016/j.egypro.2009.02.302

  • Simpson, Peta and Ashworth, Peta (2009). ZeroGen new generation power - a framework for engaging stakeholders. In: Gale, J, Herzog, H and Braitsch, J, 9th International Conference on Greenhouse Gas Control Technologies, Washington Dc, (4697-4705). Nov 16-20, 2008. doi:10.1016/j.egypro.2009.02.293

Other Outputs

Grants (Administered at UQ)

PhD and MPhil Supervision

Current Supervision

  • Master Philosophy — Principal Advisor

    Other advisors:

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

    Other advisors:

  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

Possible Research Projects

Note for students: The possible research projects listed on this page may not be comprehensive or up to date. Always feel free to contact the staff for more information, and also with your own research ideas.

  • Organisational Environment 机构环境

    Come and join an exciting multi-disciplinary research group that is working on solving some of the world’s most pressing energy and environmental problems. The University of Queensland Energy Initiative has received funding for a project on a new Carbon Storage evaluation trial, which will advance Australia’s understanding of its capacity to permanently store carbon dioxide in geological formations. A parallel social science program will work on establishing CCS in the context of future energy choices and work to understand the impact of mainstream media and social media on public attitudes to CCS and other energy technologies. We are currently seeking interested PhD students for the social science project with joint supervision between the University of Queensland and an associated Chinese University, Jinan University. The project will also be supported through the Nanfang Media Group and the UK-China (Guangdong) CCUS Centre which will provide students with the opportunity to work with industry case study projects in China.

    机构环境

    欢迎加入令人兴奋的跨学科研究团队,帮助解决一些全世界最紧迫的能源和环境问题。昆士兰大学能源倡议的一个新碳封存评估试验项目得到资助,将加深澳大利亚对其永久地质碳封存能力的理解。同时进行的社会科学项目将着眼于在未来能源选择背景下实施CCS,并将解读主流媒体和社交媒体对公众看待CCS及其它能源技术的态度的影响。我们目前正在寻找对此感兴趣的博士生,这个社会科学项目将由昆士兰大学和国内的暨南大学共同监管。这个项目还将得到南方传媒集团和中英(广东)CCUS中心的支持,后者将为学生们提供研究国内行业实际案例的机会。

    昆士兰大学连续多年名列全球高校排行前50名,有着公认的良好研究环境。学校所在地布里斯班位于澳大利亚东北海岸的亚热带气候区,公共交通便利,悠闲的生活方式闻名于世。领导团队拥有开发世界级碳捕集与封存研究项目的丰富经验。详细信息可访问昆士兰大学能源倡议网站:https://energy.uq.edu.au/

    如果您已成功申请UQ-CSC奖学金,可以自主选择在昆士兰大学的职位。更多关于UQ-CSC奖学金和昆士兰大学招生要求的信息,请访问:https://scholarships.uq.edu.au/scholarship/csc-uq-phd-scholarship。或者,也可选择常驻暨南大学,将需要到澳大利亚出差,时间不定。这个项目每年将拿出1万澳元,作为对博士生的额外资助。

    建议课题:碳捕集与封存相关的社交媒体分析(中国和澳大利亚)

    能源技术的社会接受度被认为是商业化阻碍因素,在碳捕集与封存领域尤为突出。在这个项目中,研究重点需要放在媒体分析上。这个博士生项目将研究社交媒体、博客和网络新闻媒体日益增长的影响力,它们给受众提供了大量的信息,虽然不是所有信息都准确或有科研证据做支撑,也不是所有信息能带来未来更多样的选择。这部分建议从中国和澳大利亚存在的CCS媒体渠道范围(博客、新闻出版和社交媒体)入手。其中一个关键部分是调查在中国影响低碳能源项目的公众接受度的因素,需要制定一个中澳两方一致同意的媒体分析方案。

    请将英文申请用邮件发送至Peta Ashworth教授(p.ashworth@uq.edu.au)。如果您想申请CSC-UQ博士生奖学金,发送时间不得晚于2017年9月23日。