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Dianne Nicol

Project Leader

Director of the Centre for Law and Genetics, The University of Tasmania

Dianne Nicol is the Director of the Centre for Law and Genetics at the University of Tasmania. She is leading two Australian Research Council-funded projects which examine the legal, research and social issues associated with genomic data sharing and the regulation of innovative health technologies including somatic cell genome editing. Dianne’s expertise offers a unique combination of her PhD research in the field of biology and her legal specialisation on patenting of biotechnology inventions. She is a member of the Australian Academy of Law and holds the title of Distinguished Professor.

Dianne’s primary roles in the project involve framing the citizen deliberations with the broader ethical, legal, and social context of genome editing, and articulating the outcomes of the deliberations in various forums.



Kath Fisher

Lead Facilitator, Southern Cross University

Kath Fisher is a professional facilitator, academic and trainer and has been an academic at Southern Cross University (SCU) since 1995, where she is currently Adjunct Fellow in Community Engagement. Kath has become a specialist in community engagement using deliberative democratic processes and is one of Australia’s most experienced facilitators and process designers in this field. She has facilitated and co-designed a number of citizens’ juries with Dr Simon Niemeyer since 2005, including juries on the social uptake of energy technologies for CSIRO (2005-2006), biobanking with the Office of Population Health Genomics in Perth, Western Australia (2008), climate change and the public sphere at ANU (2010) and climate adaptation planning for the City of Sydney council (2014). 

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Wendy Conway Lamb

University of Canberra

Wendy Conway-Lamb is a PhD candidate at the Centre for Deliberative Democracy and Global Governance at the University of Canberra. She is researching inclusive and deliberative approaches to the multi-level governance of climate change adaptation in developing countries, with a focus on Vietnam. She is interested in how those most directly affected by the impacts of climate change could be better included in decision-making about adaptation.

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Vicky Darling

University of Canberra

Vicky Darling is a Professional Associate at the University of Canberra and founder of Vicky Darling Consulting.

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Deborah Durie

University of Canberra

Deborah Durie is the Director of Enliven Counselling. Deborah has a Masters in Counselling from the University of Canberra and is a member of the Psychotherapy and Counselling Federation of Australia (PACFA).  She has experience in counselling people from all walks of life and enjoys working alongside people on all life’s challenges including relationships, grief and loss and anxiety and assisting them to connect with their potential. Deborah uses a person centred, compassionate and trauma informed approach. Currently she is teaching in undergraduate and post graduate counselling courses at the University of Canberra. Previously Deborah undertook post graduate research in education management and art history/ theory and has a background as an educator, having taught in all sectors and worked in state and federal governments. She is also a proud mother of three and grandmother of four, is a practicing artist, loves to sing, and a wannabe gardener.  

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Jean-Paul Gagnon

University of Canberra

Jean-Paul Gagnon is a democratic theorist specializing in democracy's linguistic artifacts and the theory of non-human democracy. He edits the Berghahn (Oxford/New York) journal Democratic Theory and the Palgrave Macmillan book series on The Theories, Concepts, and Practices of Democracy. He is director of the nascent Foundation For the Philosophy of Democracy (concept at

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Janet Hope

University of Canberra

Janet Hope is a Senior Lecturer at the Canberra Law School. She received her PhD in Law from the Australian National University in 2005, winning an open national award for communicating scholarly information to lay audiences. From 2000 to 2009 she was a pioneer of efforts to translate the open source model from software to biotechnology, a key agenda item for scholars working to develop socially just models of intellectual property and innovation management. Hope’s international prize-winning 2008 book, BioBazaar (Harvard University Press), was the first systematic exposition of the open source model outside the software context, offering a detailed conceptual framework to support further development of the model in biotech and elsewhere.  During the period 2005-2009 Janet was employed in the Australian National University’s Regulatory Institutions Network (RegNet), initially as an ARC Postdoctoral Fellow. and later as Senior Fellow. Between 2005 and 2009 she led two successful ARC Discovery Project grant applications in the field of open source biotechnology.

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Wendy Russell

Australian National University

Wendy is a research fellow and sessional academic at the Centre for the Public Awareness of Science at the Australian National University and an associate of the Centre for Deliberative Democracy and Global Governance at the University of Canberra. Previously, she was an academic at the University of Wollongong researching social aspects of biotechnology, transdisciplinary research and technology assessment, reflected in over 20 refereed journal articles and book chapters, several highly cited, and numerous national and international conference presentations. She is also an award-winning tertiary teacher and education researcher. Wendy has a PhD in plant sciences and has refereed publications and awards associated with her research on photosynthesis.

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