Professor Peta Ashworth

Professor Peta Ashworth 

Areas of specialisation

  • Developing, leading and managing large interdisciplinary teams of technical and socio-economic dimensions
  • Social Science
  • Sustainable Energy Future


  • Master of Business Administration (M.B.A), Deans Honour Roll for outstanding achievement, University of Queensland, 2003
  • Bachelor of Education (B.Ed.), Queensland University of Technology, 2001
  • Diploma of Teaching (Dip. Teach), WA College of Advanced Education, 1985

Relevant experience

  • March 2016: Professor and Chair in Sustainable Energy Futures, University of Queensland
  • October 2015 - March 2016: Casual Academic/Research, School of Engineering, University of Queensland
  • 2014: Director, Ash Research Pty Ltd, West End, Queensland
  • 2009 - 2014: Research Group Leader, Science into Society Group, Earth Science and Resource Engineering Division, CSIRO
  • 2006 - 2014: Stream and Project Leader, Energy Transformed Flagship, CSIRO
  • 2005 - 2009: Research Team Leader, Social Research Team, Exploration and Mining Division, CSIRO
  • 2003 - 2005: Business Manager/Consultant, Communication Partners, Centre for Social Research in Communication, University of Queensland


  • Over 180 publications in books, consultancy reports, refereed scientific literature 

Relevant Committees:


  • Chair, Socio-economic sub group, Independent Advisory Panel, Radioactive Waste Management Facility, Department of Industry, Innovation and Science
  • Chair, International Energy Agency Greenhouse Gas R & D Social Research Network – comprises social scientists from over 50 international research institutions 
  • Member, Queensland Productivity Commission, Inquiry into Electricity Prices in Queensland
  • Member, Advisory Board UK-China (Guangdong) CCUS Centre
  • Member, Technical Programme Committee (TPC) 13th International Conference on Greenhouse Gas Control Technologies (GHGT-13), Lausanne, Switzerland 14-18 November 2016

Numerous previous including:

  • Vice President, Council of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences (CHASS), 2010 - 2014
  • Expert advisor, ARENA’s review of Geothermal Energy 2013
  • Expert advisor, ACOLA’s Securing Australia’s Future, Project Six, Engineering energy: unconventional gas production 2013
  • Program Committee, Low Rank Coal Initiative, Energy and Earth Resources Victoria (2012, 2014)
  • Many International Committees