Provision of Expert Opinion

Reviewer of research grant applications for Research Foundation – Flanders (Fonds Wetenschappelijk Onderzoek – Vlaanderen, FWO), March 2012.

National expert on news developments and the news industry for the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), assisting in preparation of report of the Directorate for Science, Technology and Industry, Committee for Information, Computer and Communications Policy – Working Party on the Information Economy, News in the Internet Age: New Trends in News Publishing (DSTI/ICCP/IE (2009) 14), released in April 2010.

Expert Advisory Panel, National Academies Forum (NAF), report on Understanding the Formation of Attitudes to Nuclear Power in Australia, 2009-2010. The National Academies Forum brings together the four national academies (Australian Academy of Humanities, Australian Academy of the Social Sciences, the Australian Academy of Science, and the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering. The project was funded through the Linkage Learned Academies Special Projects (LASP) program of the Australian Research Council, and the final report was released in March 2010.

Reviewer of research grant applications for the European Science Foundation (ESF) program, ‘Humanities as a Source of Creativity and Innovation’ (worth 16m Euros), run by HERA (Humanities in the European Research Area), October 2009.

External assessor of Bachelor of Communications degree program, School of Arts, University of New England, July 2009. I advised on future direction for the degree program, with particular reference to embedding new media in the curriculum and opportunities presented by engagement with Open Learning Australia.

Reviewer of research grant applications for Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research, Programme Cultural Dynamics 2007, November 2007.

Invited research paper ‘Web 2.0: A study of the impact of social networking tools and technologies on politics and government’, prepared for Cisco Systems Australia and New Zealand Internet Business Solutions Group, by invitation of the Australian Federal government Special Minister of State, Gary Nairn MP, September 2007.

Reviewer of research grant applications for The Marsden Fund, New Zealand, 2007, 2009, 2010.

Participant in EPIS06 (European Perspectives on Information Society) Delphi survey, administered by the German Fraunhofer Institute for System and Innovation Research (ISI), as an expert on trends in information technology and creative content. This project was funded through the European Commission as part of its i2010 communication strategy. Participation occurred over 30 May-6 June, 2007.