Dr Declan Kuch

Declan_KuchDr Declan Kuch is a a Vice-Chancellor’s Senior Research Fellow. Declan is a sociologist of science and technology, whose research spans climate change, energy policy and the life sciences including the ethical, legal and social dimensions. His current research focuses on the social dimensions of automation, especially as it relates to demand-side management of electricity grids. He is the Co-operating Agent (with Dr Sophie Adams) of the International Energy Agency's USERS TCP Annex 'Social License to Automate' (opens in a new window).

He is currently completing a manuscript (with Matthew Kearnes) on the social, ethical and political dimensions of targeted therapies and precision medicine, arising from research collaborations with the Children's Cancer Institute, UNSW Chemistry, UQ Centre for Advanced Imaging and other members of the ARC Centre of Excellence in Convergent Bio-Nano Science and Technology. He has published widely on topics related to climate change policy and energy, including ‘The Rise and Fall of Carbon Emissions Trading’ (2015, Palgrave McMillan’s Energy and Environment Series edited by David Elliot). He has also consulted to the Australian Council of Learned Academies on public engagement with technology.


  • PhD, 2012, University of New South Wales, Australia
  • BA(Honours), 2006, University of New South Wales, Australia
  • BA SocSc, 2005, Macquarie University, Australia

Research Focus

  • Social dimensions of automation
  • Precision medicine
  • Health data
  • Diverse Economies
  • Community Economies

Selected Publications

Kuch, D 2015, The Rise and Fall of Carbon Emissions Trading, Palgrave MacMillan, Basingstoke, United Kingdom.

Morgan, B & Kuch, D 2020, ‘Law and Diverse Economies’, in Gibson, K, Healy, S, & Dombrowski, K (ed.), Handbook of Diverse Economies, Edward Elgar

Morgan, B & Kuch, D 2015, ‘Radical Transactionalism: Legal Consciousness, Diverse Economies, and the Sharing Economy.’ Journal of Law and Society, vol. 42, no.4, pp.556-587.

Kuch, D 2017, ‘“Fixing” climate change through carbon capture and sequestration: situating industrial risk cultures’. Futures: Special Issue on ‘Environmental Anticipation’ http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.futures.2017.02.001

Kuch, D & Morgan, B 2016, ‘The Socio-Legal Implications of the New Politics of Climate Change’, UNSW Law Journal vol. 39, no. 4

Kuch, D & Morgan, B 2015, ‘Dissonant Justifications: an organisational perspective of support for Australian Community energy’, People Place and Policy, vol. 9, no.3, pp.177-189.

Kuch, D, Kearnes, M, & Gulson, K 2020, ‘The Promise of Precision: Infrastructures and Evidence Making in Medicine, Agriculture and Education’ Policy Studies special section ‘The Politcial Economy of Digital Data’ https://doi.org/10.1080/01442872.2020.1724384

Kuch, D, Ellem, G, Bahnisch, M, & Webb, S 2013, Social License and Communications Report. Centre for Research in Energy and Resources, University of Newcastle. Report for the Australian Council of Learned Academies, Securing Australia’s Future: Project Six Engineering Energy: Unconventional Gas Production.

Kearnes, M, Kuch, D, Cook, B, Leach, J, Stephenson, N, Ankeny, R, & Raman, S 2020 ‘We should listen to coronavirus experts but local wisdom counts too’ The Conversation 1 April 2020  https://theconversation.com/we-should-listen-to-coronavirus-experts-but-local-wisdom-counts-too-134034

Kearnes, M, Kuch, D, Johnston, A 2018, ‘How to do things with metaphors: enacting synbio in-the-making’, Life Sciences, Society and Policy vol. 14, no.22, pp1-17.

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