- Utilise your social science research PhD to understand and measure societal expectations
- Engage with stakeholders on the responsible transition to hydrogen in Australia
- Join the Sustainability Pathways Research Program in CSIRO Land and Water
CSIRO Early Research Career (CERC) Postdoctoral Fellowships provide opportunities to scientists and engineers who have completed their doctorate and have less than three years of relevant postdoctoral work experience. These fellowships aim to develop the next generation of future leaders of the innovation system.
Hydrogen has emerged as a significant opportunity for Australia, in terms of decarbonising our energy systems and creating a new, clean energy export industry. Taking advantage of this opportunity requires a significant transition in the way we make and use energy: the focus of this Postdoctoral Fellowship is the ‘social licence to operate’ of the national hydrogen sector and the role of hydrogen in the transition of Australia’s energy system, particularly for communities. There are clear opportunities for social science to guide industry, government and other stakeholders in terms of the role of the environmental performance and community acceptance of a transition to hydrogen. This role will therefore have a specific focus on understanding and measuring community and societal expectations and perspectives about hydrogen with a focus on safety issues, and the design of appropriate modes of communication and engagement that are specific to a range of hydrogen uses and applications. The research may extend beyond local communities affected by hydrogen activities to include social licence as it relates to the broader Australian public.
It is envisaged the outcomes of this research will have both research and practical applications, the latter via CSIRO’s ‘Hydrogen Industry Mission’, an initiative to bring CSIRO’s vast hydrogen capabilities to accelerate the development of industry-scale pilots and demonstrations - key to supporting these activities is, inter alia, a strong understanding of community views. By bringing their own expertise in social science research and methodologies, the Postdoctoral Fellow will apply current approaches and methods in understanding community perceptions and expectations, stakeholder engagement and risk communication to supporting a responsible transition to hydrogen. They will also directly contribute to extending the existing expertise in the field of social licence to operate within CSIRO to be relevant to this new and rapidly-developing industrial sector.