Researcher biography

Dr Jill Fernandes is a politcal scientist with a focus on agriculture at the Queensland Alliance for Agriculture and Food Innovation, The University of Queensland. Her research seeks to answer the broad question, How can we use stakeholder engagement to design better solutions to societal problems? Dr Fernandes is trained in Environmental Science & Policy, and her applied research in political sociology investigates how environmental factors influence human cooperation and social change. She is a strong advocate of collaboration and is fascinated with complexity. She works closely with animal scientists, business experts, political scientists, communication scientists, economists, and ethicists to understand various political and ethical dilemmas facing society today. She applies her skills to achieve social impact through the UQ initiative, The Animal Welfare Collaborative.

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