Updated: Apr 22, 2022
Roy Payne is a public affairs, engagement and communications expert, working in the public, commercial and community sectors. His recent focus has been the siting programme for a Geological Disposal Facility, leading the National Geological Screening public consultation, and setting-up GDFWatch to advocate more innovative ways of engaging with communities.
Darn those pesky, interfering communities. Communicating geology better is necessary, but not sufficient, to win over hearts and minds. Assumption-challenging and fresh-thinking on engaging with communities, to build bridges and public support for scientifically complex and sociopolitically contentious projects.