Deep South Engagement Team

The Engagement Team is made up of Dr. Rhian Salmon, Science Lead, Susan Livengood, Director of Partnerships, Dr. Joanna Goven, Evaluation Lead, Dr. Gary Steel, Quantitative Evaluation Investigator and Lorraine Taylor, Engagement Coordinator.  Please email us and we will forward your email to the right person.

Dr. Rhian Salmon - Science Leader of Engagement (Victoria University of Wellington)

Rhian leads the Engagement Team and is a member of the Science Leadership Team (SLT). She has a PhD in atmospheric chemistry from York University, Canada, prior to working as a research scientist for the British Antarctic Survey, which included spending one over-winter at Halley Research Station. In 2006, she switched careers to become Education, Outreach and Communication Coordinator for the International Polar Year 2007-8.

After moving to New Zealand in 2010, Rhian continued to work in public engagement related to polar and climate science, which included support by Antarctica New Zealand to work on the New Zealand IceFest and the Our Far South expedition and education programme led by the Morgan Foundation. She now co-leads the Science in Society group at Victoria University of Wellington, and carries out research and teaching in public engagement with science.

Dr. Joanna Goven - Evaluation Lead (Independent)

Joanna directs the Engagement Programme's evaluation work. The purpose of evaluation is to determine whether or to what extent Deep South engagement activities are meeting the six strategic objectives and, in so doing, to learn how future engagement activities might better meet those objectives. Joanna earned her PhD from the University of California at Berkeley in political science. She taught political science at the University of Canterbury for many years and now directs Kukupa Research Ltd.

For the past 15 years Joanna has engaged in critical social-scientific analysis of science and technology, with a particular focus on public engagement with science and technology.

Dr. Gary Steel - Quantitative Evaluation Investigator (Lincoln University)

Gary’s principal role is to advise on the design, conduct, and analysis of quantitative research into evaluation. This includes ensuring that numerical measurement of Deep South engagement objectives occurs in a valid and reliable manner. At times, he also provides statistical analysis of data gathered by the evaluation team.

Gary has an extensive background in the methodology and application of statistics in social science research, and particularly in survey design and psychometrics. He earned his Ph.D. in Psychology from the University of British Columbia, where he specialised in social and environmental psychology. Gary has been teaching at Lincoln University for the past twenty years, including courses in advanced social science quantitative research.

Susan Livengood - Director of Partnerships (Victoria University of Wellington)

Susan's role involves building relationships with key sectors to help support planning and decision making.  It’s all about connecting the science to decision makers – and helping to ensure the science is focused on what decision makers need to know.

Susan in well-versed in understanding stakeholders’ needs. Prior to joining the Deep South, she was a senior adviser to the Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment and a senior policy adviser at the Ministry for the Environment.  Her experience also spans working as a journalist for newspapers here and in the United Kingdom, and working on communications in the energy industry. Susan holds a Masters in Science (Environmental Policy, Planning and Regulation) from the London School of Economics and Political Science and a Bachelor of Communication Studies from the Auckland University of Technology.

Lorraine Taylor - Engagement Coordinator (Victoria University of Wellington)

Lorraine coordinates public and internal engagement from creating and managing website content, to profiling scientists and projects, to coordinating events in local communities. 

Lorraine has a background in event management and communications, operations and finance for businesses and community organisations.  Six years ago she returned to Victoria University to study psychology and science communication.  As a communicator rather than a scientist, Lorraine’s focus is on creating opportunities for people to engage with the Challenge, the science and people, and the implications of climate change for New Zealand’s future.


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