2018 Peter Karmel Forum

Experts, who needs ‘em? – Promoting the Value of Expertise in Decision-Making in Australia’s Future

Doors open at 12 noon for 12.30pm – 1.30pm
Light lunch served immediately after


Sarah Burr – Senior Adviser, Department of Prime Minister & Cabinet

Linda Botterill – FASSA, Professor, School of Government & Policy, UC

Carolyn Hendriks – Associate Professor, Crawford School of Public Policy, ANU

Deborah Lupton – FASSA, Professor, Faculty of Arts & Design, UC

Facilitator: Michael Wesley – Professor & Dean, College of Asia & the Pacific, ANU

British MP Michael Gove recently said, “I think the people have had enough of experts with organisations from acronyms saying that they know what is best and getting it consistently wrong”. With integrity and trust in institutions at an all-time low, his comments reflect a society feeling fed up with experts who are out-of-touch.

This forum seeks to examine how experts can effect positive change and remain relevant in a post-truth society. What can we do to ensure those with the power to make the decisions that will shape our future are equipped with the necessary knowledge and research (particularly in relation to the social sciences) to give our nation the best shot and restore public confidence?

Event Details
SSW Speakers
Mark Morri
A crime author and journalist
Greg Barton
Shanthi Robertson
Academic: Senior Research Fellow, Institute For Culture And Society
Academic: DECRA Research Fellow, Department of Sociology, Writer, Lawyer
Farida Fozdar
Academic: Sociologists - Deputy Head (Research), UWA School of Social Sciences
Deborah Lupton
Academic: Centenary Research Professor, Communication
Anthony Elliott
Academic: Dean of External Engagement
Joel McGregor
Associate Lecturer, PhD Candidate
Ben Lohmeyer
Critical youth sociologist and youth worker
Duncan McNab
Journalist & Author
Xanthé Mallett
Academic: Criminologist and forensic scientist
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