Liz is a social researcher and manager specialising in the organisation of cross-sectoral and international collaborations

The focus of Liz’s current research is university-industry engagement. Particular areas of interest include socially responsible engagement, the governance of research integrity and collaboration during technoscientific controversies.

Previously Liz worked in management, policy and research roles at The University of Queensland, Queensland State Government and other universities. Her work centres on international collaborations, business and economic development. Her academic qualifications include a Master of Philosophy (Social Science) from the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, Master of Applied Anthropology and Participatory Development from the Australian National University (Indigenous Policy), Graduate Diploma Economics from the University of New England, Graduate Certificate Chinese Language and Chinese Economics from Fudan University and Bachelor of Arts (Chinese) First Class Honours from The University of Queensland. Liz is member of the Australian New Zealand Academy of Management, University-Industry Innovation Network, Commonwealth Scholars Alumni and Golden Key International Honour Society.


To complete her PhD research, Liz engages with company representatives, government officials and researchers involved in Queensland’s coal seam gas industry.

Key Publications

L. Hardie, N. Smith Devetak and W. Rifkin, 2016, Universities in contentious energy debates—Science, democracy and coal seam gas in Australia, Energy Research & Social Science, 20, 105–116

L. Hardie and N. Smith Devetak, 2014, Research and Innovation Partnerships: Lessons and Resources for the Unconventional Gas Sector, Oil, Gas & Energy Law Journal (OGEL), 12

L. Hardie, Collaborators, business partners, friends: Australia-China subnational government relations, 2004, in Nicholas Thomas (ed) Re-orienting Australia-China relations : 1972 to the present, Ashgate, pp 67-86

L. Pitts, 1996, Chinese foreign relations in a local setting: the sister city program of the People's Republic of China, M.Phil Thesis, HKUST.


Liz is the recipient of an Australian Postgraduate Award and an Industry-top scholarship from the Centre for Coal Seam Gas at the University of Queensland