Roberson, T, (2021), Talking about responsible quantum: “Awareness is the absolute minimum… that we need to do”, Open access on the arXiv

  • By engaging quantum stakeholders and understanding their perspectives on responsibility, this paper seeks to support this proposition and enable further dialogue on responsible development and use of quantum technologies.


Orthia, L., and Roberson, T., (2023 – In Press!), Queering science communication: Representation, theory, and practice, Bristol University Publishing: Contemporary Issues in Science Communication

Journal articles

Roberson, T., Bornstein, S., Liivoja, R., Ng, S., Scholz, J., and Devitt, K., 2022, A method for ethical AI in defence: A case study on developing trustworthy autonomous systems, Journal of Responsible Technology, DOI: 10.1016/j.jrt.2022.100036 (Open access)

  • In this short reflective article, we describe a case study of building a trusted autonomous system – Athena AI  – within an industry-led, government-funded project with diverse collaborators and stakeholders.

Roberson, T, (2021), On the Social Shaping of Quantum Technologies: An Analysis of Emerging Expectations Through Grant Proposals from 2002–2020, Minerva, DOI: 10.1007/s11024-021-09438-5 (Open access)

  • This article investigates the emergence of the notion of ‘quantum technologies’ and examines the expectations shaping this field through an analysis of research grants funded by a national research funder, the Australian Research Council between 2002 and 2020.

Roberson, T., and Orthia, L. A., (2021), Queer world-making: a need for integrated intersectionality in science communication, Journal of Science Communication (Special Issue), DOI: 10.22323/2.20010305

  • This commentary aims to shed light on the neglected space of queer people in science communication. In this piece, we introduce queer theory to science communication literature to examine issues from the past, present, and future. We argue that to queer our field may entail a radical interrogation of some of science communication’s deeply rooted cultural traits and working towards a rainbow-tinted future.

Roberson, T., Leach, J., Raman, S., (2021), Talking about public good for the second quantum revolution: Analysing quantum technology narratives in the context of national strategies, Quantum Science & Technology, DOI: 10.1088/2058-9565/abc5ab

  • In this article, we ask: what does public good look like for quantum technologies? How can we ensure these technologies benefit the societies they are used in and are a part of?

Roberson, T, (2020), Can hype be a force for good?: Inviting unexpected engagement with science and technology futures, Public Understanding of Science, DOI: 10.1177/0963662520923109

  • This article reviews the contribution of hype to science, specifically in terms of encouraging reflexivity for science and technology. I present three perspectives on hype and invite further conversation on the role of hype in science communication.

Roberson, T, (2020), On social change, agency, and public interest: What can science communication learn from public relations?, Journal of Science Communication, DOI: 10.22323/2.19020401 [Open Access]

  • In this essay, I explore the relationship of science communication and public relations. I contend that science communication research can learn from public relations research, specifically in terms of engaging with notions of public interest in public communication.

Roberson, T., and White, A. G., (2019), Charting the Australian quantum landscape, Quantum Science and Technology (Special Issue), DOI: 10.1088/2058-9565/ab02b4 [Open Access]

  • In this article, we discuss the Australian approach to Quantum Technology, briefly outlining the research and funding, discussing the current environment, and look forward to the future.

Abellán, C., Acín, A. …. Roberson, T., et al, (2018), Challenging local realism with human choices, Nature, 557 (7704), 212-216, DOI: 10.1038/s41586-018-0085-3 [Open Access via Preprint]

  • This article reports on a citizen science project for quantum physics (the B. I. G. Bell Test collaboration), which focused on a set of local-realism tests using human choices. We recruited about 100k human participants to play an online video game. The data generated by participants was used in 12 laboratories on five continents. Project outcomes included: closing the ‘freedom-of-choice’ loophole for Bell test and the use of video games for rapid collection of human-generated randomness.

Policy report

Brennen, G., Devitt, S., Roberson, T., and Rohde, P., (2021), An Australian strategy for the quantum revolution, Australian Strategic Policy Institute


Roberson, T., (2020), Can hype be a force for good?, ANU Open Access Theses, DOI: 10.25911/5e7099785f114 [Open Access]


The ‘second quantum revolution’ is almost here. We need to make sure it benefits the many, not the few, June 2021, The Conversation

Supporting young rainbow people, September 2020, UQ Small Change blog

Game over for “spooky action” loophole, September 2018, Australasian Science magazine

Reddit, Spider Gifts, and an interview with Tara Roberson, 13 March 2018, Natural Reaction podcast and 4ZZZ Community Radio

Hypersonic Art, May 2015, Australasian Science magazine

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