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

  • Doctor Philosophy

  • Master Philosophy

  • Doctor Philosophy

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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

Note for students: Professor Peta Ashworth is not currently available to take on new students.

Current Supervision

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

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  • Master Philosophy — Principal Advisor

    Other advisors:

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

    Other advisors:

  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor