Leading industry groups and players in the infrastructure sector have joined the University of Melbourne’s groundbreaking Next Generation Engagement Project.
At a time of unprecedented investment in Australian infrastructure, the University of Melbourne will conduct the largest consultation on the practice of community engagement to date over the coming six months – seeking to identify the key challenges, knowledge and skills gaps in this important discipline.
Over the coming months the Melbourne School of Government and its partners will conduct the largest national consultation on engagement to date. This will include:
- a national survey on engagement and social license challenges for Australia’s infrastructure sector
- workshops in capital cities with leading Australian practitioners and international infrastructure experts
- a research report that details the most critical knowledge gaps for the community engagement profession (gap analysis)
- testing the gap analysis with infrastructure professionals across Australia.
“On the completion of this work we aim to identify the biggest roadblocks around engagement, social risk management and social license for infrastructure delivery together with an analysis of emerging trends and opportunities,” Dr Bice said.
“Our aim is to get this information onto the desk of key decision makers in Australia’s infrastructure sector to really inform the discussion. Our intention is that this work will seed longer-term research partnerships that will help industry to make meaningful progress on these issues.”