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Tara Roberson

Associate investigator and science communicator, Queensland University of Technology

Dr Tara Roberson is an experienced communicator with a background in research management and stakeholder engagement. She has worked professionally and in research in a range of areas with emphasis on responsible development of emerging technology, including quantum technologies and autonomous systems. She is an associate investigator in responsible innovation and science communication at the Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for Engineered Quantum Systems (EQUS).

Tara is passionate about equity and diversity in higher education and STEM; she has previously co-edited a book on queering science communication. She is currently a member of the Science and Technology Australia Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Committee.


  • 2023–present
    Associate investigator, ARC Centre of Excellence for Engineered Quantum Systems
  • 2020–2023
    Research fellow, ARC Centre of Excellence for Engineered Quantum Systems


  • 2020 
    Australian National University, PhD, Science Communication
  • 2015 
    University of Queensland, Master of Communication


  • 2023
    Talking about responsible quantum: Awareness is the absolute minimum... that we need to do, NanoEthics
  • 2023
    Queering Science Communication Representations, Theory, and Practice, Bristol University Press and Policy Press
  • 2022
    A method for ethical AI in defence: A case study on developing trustworthy autonomous systems, Journal of Responsible Technology
  • 2021
    Queer world-making: a need for integrated intersectionality in science communication, Journal of Science Communication
  • 2021
    On the Social Shaping of Quantum Technologies: An Analysis of Emerging Expectations Through Grant Proposals from 2002–2020, Minerva
  • 2021
    Talking about public good for the second quantum revolution: Analysing quantum technology narratives in the context of national strategies, Quantum Science and Technology
  • 2020
    On social change, agency, and public interest: what can science communication learn from public relations?, Journal of Science Communication
  • 2020
    Can hype be a force for good?: Inviting unexpected engagement with science and technology futures, Public Understanding of Science
  • 2019
    Charting the Australian quantum landscape, Quantum Science and Technology
  • 2018
    Challenging local realism with human choices, Nature