Professor Peta Ashworth

Academy Director- Andrew N. Liveris

Faculty of Engineering, Architecture and Information Technology

Affiliate Professor

UQ Centre for Natural Gas
Faculty of Engineering, Architecture and Information Technology
p.ashworth@uq.edu.au
+61 7 334 68831

Overview

Professor Peta Ashworth OAM is the Director of the Andrew N. Liveris Academy for Innovation and Leadership, and Chair in Sustainable Energy Futures at The University of Queensland (UQ). Professor Ashworth brings over thirty years’ experience working in a range of senior management, consulting and research roles. Prior to joining UQ in 2016, Peta worked as a consultant to industry, as Research Group Leader at CSIRO, and in senior executive roles for the Body Shop.

Professor Ashworth is a globally-recognised expert in the fields of energy, communication, stakeholder engagement, and technology assessment. For almost two decades, Peta has been researching public attitudes toward climate and energy technologies, including wind, carbon capture and storage (CCS), solar photovoltaic, storage and geothermal. An accomplished speaker and facilitator, Professor Ashworth is actively involved in building energy literacy more broadly both within Australian and globally, and regularly provides input to policy briefings, think tanks, as well as educational events for the benefit of the broader community.

In 2020, Professor Ashworth was appointed as the inaugural Director of the Liveris Academy for Innovation and Leadership. Established through the generous donation of $13.5M from UQ alumnus Andrew N. Liveris AO and his wife, Paula Liveris, the Liveris Academy is designed to cultivate the next generation of leaders with the capacity to address grand challenges at a time of dramatic socio-economic, technological and environmental change. In addition to hosting distinguished global leaders from industry, government, policy, and not-for-profit sectors, the Academy delivers a bespoke and highly-selective Liveris Scholar Program. The Program provides scholarships and enrichment experiences to high-achieving undergraduate students with a focus on sustainability, global technologies and innovation, and digital transformation.

In addition to her role as the Director of the Liveris Academy, Professor Ashworth is also the Chair in Sustainable Energy Futures. In this capacity, Professor Ashworth provides strategy, thought leadership and engagement associated with the complex technical, economic, social and policy challenges and opportunities as the world transitions to a more sustainable energy future. As Chair, Peta has responsibility for the design and delivery of the Master of Sustainable Energy. This one-of-a-kind, multi-disciplinary postgraduate coursework program is designed to provide students with a deeper understanding of energy systems, responsible business practice, and innovation, and equip them to develop transition pathways that provide more affordable, reliable and sustainable energy.

In her previous role as Group Leader at CSIRO’s Division of Earth Science and Resource Engineering, Peta conceptualised and led the Science into Society Group, which specialised in interdisciplinary research at the interface between science and society. Peta’s contributions to the field of sustainable energy include leading the social science research program of the Global Carbon Capture and Storage Institute, as well as working alongside Australia’s Chief Scientist in the development of Australia’s National Hydrogen Strategy as a Member of the Strategy Stakeholder Advisory Panel, and the COAG Hydrogen Working Group. In recognition of her service to science, Peta was awarded an Order of Australia Medal in 2019.

Peta was a partner in the Horizon2020 project Responsible Research and Innovation in Practice (RRI). The RRI project included 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.

Professor Ashworth continues to lead multi-disciplinary research at The University of Queensland relating to public perceptions of climate and energy technologies and she is a Research Leader for the Future Fuels CRC Social Licence to Operate work package. Peta’s main research interests include how to deliver information to best effect, and how to facilitate dialogue across a broad range of stakeholders regarding complex and contested issues.

Research Impacts

Professor Ashworth regularly provides input to policy briefings, think tanks, as well as educational events for the benefit of the broader community. She has served in a number of advisory roles including participating in development of the National Hydrogen Strategy led by Australia's Chief Scientist Dr Alan Finkel.

Peta is also part of the Global Technology Assessment Network which is a network of non-profit institutions from around the world working together in the area of science and technology, promoting responsible and sustainable research and innovation to tackle global grand challenges.

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

  • Doctor Philosophy

  • Master 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. Risks, rewards and regulation of unconventional natural gas: a global perspective. (pp. 391-410) edited by R. Quentin Grafton, Ian G. Cronshaw and Michael C. Moore.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. Transport Fuels from Australia’s Gas Resources: Advancing the Nation's Energy Security. (pp. 201-212) edited by Robert Clark and Mark Thomson.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. Low-carbon energy controversies. (pp. 225-255) edited by Thomas Roberts, Paul Upham, Sarah Mander, Carly McLachlan, Philip Boucher, Clair Gough and Dana Abi Ghanem.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. Open source mobile learning: mobile Linux applications. (pp. 124-139) edited by Lee Chao.Hershey, PA, United States: IGI Global. doi:10.4018/978-1-60960-613-8

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

  • Ashworth, P. (2011). Reducing energy demand: the imperative for behavioural change. Climate Change: Science and Solutions for Australia. (pp. 127-134) edited by Cleugh, E., Stafford Smith, M., Battaglia, M. and Graham, P..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. Renewable Energy and the Public: From Nimby to Participation. (pp. 131-147) edited by Patrick Devine-Wright.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. Urban Energy Transition: From Fossil Fuels to Renewable Power. (pp. 283-307) edited by Peter Droege.Oxford, UK: Elsevier. doi:10.1016/B978-0-08-045341-5.00012-8

Journal Article

Conference Publication

  • Coffey, Felicity C. and Ashworth, Peta (2019). First year of the UQ sustainable energy micromasters series: Evaluation of participation and achievement. 6th European Conference on Massive Open Online Courses, EMOOCs 2019, Naples, Italy, 20-22 May 2019. CHAM :Springer Verlag. doi: 10.1007/978-3-030-19875-6_16

  • 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. 12th International Conference on Greenhouse Gas Control Technologies, GHGT 2014, Austin, TX, United States, 4 - 9 October 2014. Amsterdam, Netherlands :Elsevier BV. 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. Technology Assessment and Policy Areas of Great Transitions, Prague Czech Republic, 13 - 15 March 2013. PACITA :European Commission.

  • Ashworth, Peta, Muriuki, Grace and Jeanneret, Talia (2014). Understanding Australian attitudes to low carbon energy technologies. 12th International Conference on Greenhouse Gas Control Technologies, GHGT 2014, Austin, TX, United States, 4 - 9 October 2014. Amsterdam, Netherlands :Elsevier BV. 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. 12th International Conference on Greenhouse Gas Control Technologies, GHGT 2014, Austin, TX, United States, 4 - 9 October 2014. Amsterdam, Netherlands :Elsevier BV. 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. 11th International Conference on Greenhouse Gas Control Technologies, GHGT 2012, Kyoto, Japan, 18 - 22 November 2012. Amsterdam, Netherlands :Elsevier BV. 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?. 11th International Conference on Greenhouse Gas Control Technologies, GHGT 2012, Kyoto, Japan, 18 - 22 November 2012. Amsterdam, Netherlands :Elsevier BV. 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. 11th International Conference on Greenhouse Gas Control Technologies, GHGT 2012, Kyoto, Japan, 18 - 22 November 2012. Amsterdam, Netherlands :Elsevier BV. 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. Geothermal Resources Council Annual Meeting 2012 - Geothermal: Reliable, Renewable, Global, GRC 2012, Reno, NV, 30 September -3 October 2012. Davis, CA United States :Geothermal Resources Council.

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

  • Alem, Leila, Furio, David, Juan, Carmen and Ashworth, Peta (2011). Effect of collaboration and competition in an augmented reality mobile game. Conference on Recent Trends of Mobile Collaborative Augmented Reality Systems, Seoul South Korea, 13-16 October, 2010. New York, United States of America :Springer. 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. 10th International Conference on Greenhouse Gas Control Technologies, Amsterdam, Netherlands, 19 - 23 September 2010. Amsterdam, Netherlands :Elsevier BV. doi: 10.1016/j.egypro.2011.02.648

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

  • Dowd, Anne-Maree, Boughen, Naomi, Ashworth, Peta, Carr-Cornish, Simone and Paxton, Gillian (2010). Geothermal technology in Australia: investigating social acceptance. World Geothermal Congress, Bali, Indonesia, 25-29 April 2010.

  • 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. 9th International Conference on Greenhouse Gas Control Technologies, GHGT-9, Washington DC, November 16, 2008-November 20, 2008. AMSTERDAM :ELSEVIER SCIENCE BV. 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?. 9th International Conference on Greenhouse Gas Control Technologies, GHGT-9, Washington DC, November 16, 2008-November 20, 2008. AMSTERDAM :ELSEVIER SCIENCE BV. doi: 10.1016/j.egypro.2009.02.302

  • Simpson, Peta and Ashworth, Peta (2009). ZeroGen new generation power - a framework for engaging stakeholders. 9th International Conference on Greenhouse Gas Control Technologies, Washington Dc, Nov 16-20, 2008. AMSTERDAM :ELSEVIER SCIENCE BV. 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

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