We are pleased to announce AURIN’s newly formed Scientific Advisory Committee (SAC). The SAC brings together renowned experts across the urban and social science fields who will advise AURIN on strategic priorities and opportunities that will lead to better delivery of first-class research infrastructure to enable leading-edge research.
“The expertise of the Scientific Advisory Committee will be critical in advising the development of AURIN’s core infrastructure. They will enable AURIN to better support urban and social scientists across Australia, as we all rally to rebuild our economy post-COVID and strengthen our communities to meet the challenges of the future.”
AURIN Director, Prof. Stuart Barr
The inaugural SAC members have deep expertise in urban and social science from across academia, government, and the NGO/NFP sectors:
- Inaugural Chair, Senior Professor Pascal Perez (University of Wollongong Australia)
- Professor Hannah Badland (RMIT University)
- Distinguished Professor Xuemei Bai (Australian National University)
- Shaun Copley (Australian Bureau of Statistics)
- Phil Delaney (FrontierSI)
- Ben Evans (National Computational Infrastructure Australia)
- Paula Hooper (The University of Western Australia)
- Professor Chris Leishman (University of South Australia)
- Professor Yan Liu (The University of Queensland)
- Julian Szafraniec (SGS Economics & Planning)
The SAC’s remit will include:
- Making recommendations on data sets, services, and technologies that AURIN should support in the future;
- Advising on the strategic delivery and prioritization of new research themes and potential collaborative projects;
- Championing strong engagement between AURIN and the urban and social science community in order that it delivers an excellent infrastructure capability and service.
The first SAC meeting is planned for March 2021; the members are already actively steering AURIN’s future, evaluating AURIN’s High Impact Project submissions.
We gratefully acknowledge the significant contributions the inaugural Scientific Advisory Committee will make to AURIN over the coming months and years and look forward to working with them.