Members of the Department are involved in many kinds of public engagement. For example:
- Expert testimony to public inquiries and forums
- Furthering the public understanding of technology
- Non-executive directorships of company boards
- School governorships
- Developing web 2.0 tools for enabling and enhancing public debates
- Serving as charitable trustees
Core Member of UN International Human Dimension Programme Scientific Planning Committee on Knowledge, Learning and Societal Change
Member of Steering Group, Strategic Collaboration on Learning to Live with Climate Change project between the Environment Agency and the Open University. The project explores opportunities for collaborating on research, teaching and 3rd mission activities to develop innovative learning approaches for managing climate change.
- "A Grief Observed: print journalists and the Web", seminar presentation, Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism, Oxford University, May 13, 2009.
- Royal Society workshop on Scientists, sages and celebrities: the changing place of intellectuals in public life, Tuesday 5 May 2009. Invited participant.
- "7 things (plus or minus 2) that everyone needs to know about the Net", opening lecture in Central Office of Information's 'Big Thinkers' series, London, April 29, 2009
- "The social life of networks", Opening Keynote address, JANET Networkshop 37, Cambridge, March 31, 2009
- Committee of inquiry into the Changing Learner Experience: HE in a Web 2.0 World. Gave evidence to the Committee on September 26, 2008. The report will be published on May 12.