Professor Robyn Owens
Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research)
The University of Western Australia, M460
35 Stirling Highway, Crawley WA 6009
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Anyway there a number of points in the ARC contract that are possible breached by L. et al. and the associated publicity around it. A quick scan suggests that those climate sceptics that feel aggrieved should review clause 18.4 and 18.6 of the funding contract that reference the Australian Code for the Responsible Conduct of Research (2007) (also available at the ARC web site).
The sections dealing with conflict of interest (L. other blog interests); respect for research participants; reporting results; and communicating research findings (informing interested parties before the media) appear to have been breached. These are matters that could well be referenced regardless of the contract in any communication directly with the UWA. The Code lays down the process for UWA to follow.
However while UWA may seek to balance Code compliance with academic freedom there is the issue of the ARC contract under which L.’s activities have been part funded. It seems that UWA and the U. of NSW also have a responsibility in this regard that are not balanced by academic freedom, and the ARC as funder has a clear interest in breaches. These could all be approached by anyone who feels L.’s work has breached the code (or any other part of the funding agreement) pointing out these obligations are independent of academic freedom.
Another way in is through the funding agency. L. is part funded through a
Discovery Australia Linkage Project LP120100224 “Creating a climate for change:
from cognition to consensus” (you can find details of the Australian Research
Council site). The administering organisation is the University of NSW who have
a contract with the ARC for this funding (the generic contract is on the ARC
site). Ben R Newell Assoc Prof @NSW is likely the lead.