Dr Andrea Bunting, PhD, 2003
...Dr Andrea Bunting
...Andrea has worked at RMIT (Melbourne) as a lecturer in Mechanical Engineering since 1992.Her
main research interest is about how to bring about institutional change to support greater use of sustainable energy and other sustainable technologies.She
took three and a half years off from her
lecturing position to do the PhD.Andrea
chose to study at Wollongong, because it had the particular expertise she
was looking for - the application of STS theory to energy systems.The STS
(Science,Technology and Society) program at University of Wollongong
specialises in the application of STS theory to technology policy.It encourages students from other disciplines to apply STS principles to their own fields.Andrea
believes that real-world problems are often best tackled using an interdisciplinary approach.Andrea's first degree was in mechanical engineering (and she still teaches in that discipline).
However, through the PhD, she
gained expertise in the sociology of technology and the analysis of technology policy, particularly relating to sustainable energy.Universities are starting to recognise the value of interdisciplinary research, so she
is well placed to take advantage of emerging opportunities.Andrea
interdisciplinary skills in her
teaching, and encourages her
students to analyse the social and institutional aspects of the technologies they will design and deploy.
Since graduating from Wollongong, Andrea
has been awarded a fellowship in the Institute for Advanced Studies
on Science, Technology and Society
, Graz (Austria) for the period October 2004 to June 2005.