In my view, public engagement in the media provides an important contribution to the public discourse around policy issues. Research may also influence government action or inaction. It is critical to note; however, that there is a delicate balance in terms of how much media or commentary is useful in a given period of time, on a given issue, and how that commentary is anchored by evidence-based research. Below is a list of recent or selected media in which I have attempted to make a positive research-based contribution. In some cases, this research and commentary has had a direct impact on the nature of public debates, media reactions, and government policy responses.
My research has been noted in The New York Times, Washington Post, The Guardian, Time magazine, The Economist, The New Yorker, USA Today, National Geographic.com, Salon, Slate, Sydney Morning Herald, Australian Geographic, the Cape Town Times, and New Scientist magazine. In May 2012, I gave a 'TED Talk' on his research for TED's Global Talent Search. I have also appeared on Shark Week, and written opinion pieces for the Huffington Post and academic websites The Conversation, Sydney Environment Institute and Duck of Minerva.
Putting "the public" in public policy research