Double Arrow is a Canberra-based, boutique consultancy specialising in stakeholder and community engagement, and also providing social research, training and technology assessment. The principal consultant is Dr Wendy Russell, an award-winning practitioner and researcher, who works with associates to provide first class, affordable services. Double Arrow is focused on two-way engagement to support decision-making in government, industry, research and civil society organisations.
Science Dialogue training
Wendy has recently run training workshops with an Advanced Biotechnology group at QUT and a group of early career researchers from the Centre of Excellence for Convergent Bio-Nano Science and Technology. Both workshops considered how to shift from a one-way, ‘deficit’ approach to communication, to a two-way approach to dialogue and engagement that can inform their research. She will also run a workshop on public engagement and communicative practices at the Australian Association for the History, Philosophy and Social Studies of Science conference in Wollongong later in November.
These workshops are helping Wendy to gear up to teach Science Dialogue – Theory and Practice once more at the Australian National Centre for the Public Awareness of Science, ANU, in December. Find out more here
It’s exciting to see interest in deliberative democracy increasing in the ACT. With colleagues, Vicky Darling, Simon Niemeyer and John Dryzek, Wendy has worked with ACT government staff on a strategy to put Canberra on the democratic innovation map.
Wendy has written up her research on the political impacts of deliberative democracy processes, a research project funded by the newDemocracy Foundation. The research report is available here. A journal article is in preparation.
Wendy has enjoyed once again working with her colleague, Nicki Mazur, on a program evaluation for the Plant Biosecurity Cooperative Research Centre. They looked at the impacts of social research conducted within the CRC on the plant biosecurity system.