Peta Ashworth (Dr)

Program Director, Social Science

University of Queensland

Chair in Sustainable Energy Futures at The University of Queensland (UQ). Professor Ashworth brings over thirty years’ experience working in a range of senior management, consulting and research roles. Prior to joining UQ in 2016, Peta worked as a consultant to industry, as Research Group Leader at CSIRO, and in senior executive roles for the Body Shop.

Professor Ashworth is a globally-recognised expert in the fields of energy, communication, stakeholder engagement, and technology assessment. For almost two decades, Peta has been researching public attitudes toward climate and energy technologies, including wind, carbon capture and storage (CCS), solar photovoltaic, storage and geothermal. An accomplished speaker and facilitator, Professor Ashworth is actively involved in building energy literacy more broadly both within Australian and globally, and regularly provides input to policy briefings, think tanks, as well as educational events for the benefit of the broader community.

In 2020, Professor Ashworth was appointed as the inaugural Director of the Liveris Academy for Innovation and Leadership. In addition to her role as the Director of the Liveris Academy, Professor Ashworth is also the Chair in Sustainable Energy Futures. In this capacity, Professor Ashworth provides strategy, thought leadership and engagement associated with the complex technical, economic, social and policy challenges and opportunities as the world transitions to a more sustainable energy future. As Chair, Peta has responsibility for the design and delivery of the Master of Sustainable Energy. This one-of-a-kind, multi-disciplinary postgraduate coursework program is designed to provide students with a deeper understanding of energy systems, responsible business practice, and innovation, and equip them to develop transition pathways that provide more affordable, reliable and sustainable energy.