Dr Kirsty Jones is Research Fellow, the Australian National University, Crawford School of Public Policy. At Crawford, Dr Jones is Knowledge Translation lead and a primary researcher for the ‘Next Generation Engagement Program’, Australia’s largest study of community engagement in infrastructure. The Program is housed within the Institute for Infrastructure in Society (I2S, established 2020).
Dr Jones’ offers world-leading expertise in knowledge translation, including research design to support research policy and practice impact, and experience training research leaders to integrate knowledge translation into their research projects and dissemination. Key areas of interest include: knowledge translation, research co-design, transdisciplinary research and implementation science. She has published in high quality academic journals, is a regular, invited keynote speaker, presenter and panellist at academic and industry conferences.
Her current research focuses on the development of the Infrastructure Engagement Excellence (IEE) Framework, Australia’s first industry co-designed Standards for Excellence in Community Engagement for major infrastructure projects. Dr Jones also serves as the I2S lead on knowledge translation, developing programmatic knowledge translation plans to boost the research impact and application of all research undertaken by the Institute. This includes work to improve understanding of how co-production models of research can be optimised.
Dr Jones career is devoted to supporting leading non-profit and research organisations to improve stakeholder engagement with research to enhance societal and policy impacts. She has worked with major organisations nationally and internationally, including, the Wellcome Trust (UK) and the University of Melbourne’s Evidence and Child Health Unit, to design and deliver research with non-traditional impact.