Dr Declan Kuch is a a Vice-Chancellor’s Senior Research Fellow at Western Sydney University. Declan is a sociologist of science and technology, whose research spans climate change, energy policy and the life sciences including the ethical, legal and social dimensions. His current research focuses on the social dimensions of automation, especially as it relates to demand-side management of electricity grids. He is the Co-operating Agent (with Dr Sophie Adams) of the International Energy Agency’s USERS TCP Annex ‘Social License to Automate’ (opens in new window).
He is currently completing a manuscript (with Matthew Kearnes) on the social, ethical and political dimensions of targeted therapies and precision medicine, arising from research collaborations with the Children’s Cancer Institute, UNSW Chemistry, UQ Centre for Advanced Imaging and other members of the ARC Centre of Excellence in Convergent Bio-Nano Science and Technology. He has published widely on topics related to climate change policy and energy, including ‘The Rise and Fall of Carbon Emissions Trading’ (2015, Palgrave McMillan’s Energy and Environment Series edited by David Elliot). He has also consulted to the Australian Council of Learned Academies on public engagement with technology.