Public Science for Just Outcomes

Prof Simon Springer

To realize the potential of science it must be oriented towards the principle of ongoing empirical investigation. At the same time, we must recognize the truth claims that come with such work. Science should be a processual commitment, not a vaunted or superior claim to truth that is already made. This ongoing work unpacks the ways in which scientific knowledge is made and mobilized as a political tool, recognizing that the role of politics play a vital role in the transmission of scientific knowledge and have considerably influence over its potential to achieve social justice outcomes.


Bayram, M.,Springer, S., Garvey, C. K., and  Özdemir, V. 2020. 'COVID-19 digital health innovation policy: a portal

to alternative futures in the making.' OMICS: A Journal of Integrative Biology.

Özdemir, V., Springer, S., Garvey, C. K., and Bayram, M. 2020. 'COVID-19 health technology governance, epistemic competence and the future of knowledge.' OMICS: A Journal of Integrative Biology.

Özdemir, V., Endrenyi, L., Hekim, N., Kunej, T., Steuten, L. M., Springer, S., Şardaş, S., Ergüder, E. and Mayram, B. 2018. To genotype or phenotype for drug and food safety? Exiting the technology echo chambers. OMICS: A Journal of Integrative Biology. 23.

Özdemir, V., and Springer, S. 2018. What does “diversity” mean for public engagement in science? A new metric for innovation ecosystem diversity. OMICS: A Journal of Integrative Biology. 22.

Springer, S. 2018. 'Confronting hate speech with the geography of freedom'. National Post. March 22.

Springer, S. 2017. 'Earth writing'. GeoHumanities. 3(1): 1-19.

Springer, S., Houssay-Holzschuch, M. Villegas, C., and Gahman, L. 2017. Say ‘yes!’ to peer review: Open access publishing and the need for mutual aid in academia. Fennia: International Journal of Geography. 195(2): 185-188.

Özdemir, V., Dandara, C., Hekim, N., Birch, K., Springer, S., Kunej, T., and Endrenyi, L. 2017. Stop the Spam!

Conference Ethics and Decoding the Subtext in Post-Truth Science. What would Denis Diderot Say? OMICS: A

Journal of Integrative Biology. 21(11): 1-7.

Springer, S. 2014. 'Human geography without hierarchy'. Progress in Human Geography. 38(3): 402-419.

The University of Newcastle acknowledges the traditional custodians of the lands within our footprint areas: Awabakal, Darkinjung, Biripai, Worimi, Wonnarua, and Eora Nations. We also pay respect to the wisdom of our Elders past and present.