Dr Amrita Kambo

Postdoctoral Research Fellow

UQ Gas & Energy Transition Research Centre
Faculty of Engineering, Architecture and Information Technology


Dr. Amrita Kambo is a multi-disciplinary researcher at The University of Queensland. Her work borrows and applies theoretical constructs from concepts such as ‘social acceptance’ and ‘social licence to operate’ (SLO). These modules can be applied to assess the extent to which a business, or industry or technology gains tacit support from the wider public. Additionally, the SLO concept can be applied to understand standards of responsible behaviour, transparency and accountability in a wide range of settings. To date, Amrita has applied the SLO concept to understand community expectations in the context of renewable energy technologies such as hydrogen and biogas under a project funded by the Future Fuels CRC using familiar methods in social sciences such as surveys, interviews, focus groups and participatory research.

Amrita's wider research interests include sustainable cities, urban infrastructure, planning and place-making. These interests are rooted in the Amrita’s early career and experience in architecture and design.

Amrita’s PhD research included a review of influential topics in context of ‘sustainable’ architecture - ‘regenerative’ design and development, biophilic design, ecosystem services, ‘Geodesign’, biomimicry, green infrastructure, positive development, net-zero design and so on.

Research Interests

  • Ecological Worldview
    How can a regenerative paradigm be applied to design sustainable cities, neighbourhoods and buildings, recognising that natural and social systems function as mutually interconnected networks?
  • Regenerative sustainability
    How can design praxis embrace a design philosophy, where we continually enhance the capacity of living systems around us?
  • Urban nature and place-making
    How can nature based solutions be integrated into sustainable cities, to promote health and wealth creation for self and environment?
  • Participatory Geodesign and integrated networks
    How can advanced planning tools promote the design of integrated networks in cities, holistically addressing questions around waste, water, energy and carbon, in people-led, participatory approaches?
  • Social licence to operate
    How can public perceptions of 'new' technologies enable or disable the roll-out of nation building programs?


  • Doctor of Philosophy, Queensland University of Technology


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Journal Article

Conference Publication

  • Bharadwaj, Bishal, Kambo, Amrita, Arratia-Solar, Andrea and Ashworth, Peta (2023). Social acceptance of biogas in Australia. Australian Hydrogen Research Conference, AHRC2023, Canberra, ACT, Australia, 8 - 10 February 2023. Rochester, NY, United States: SSRN Elsevier. doi: 10.2139/ssrn.4479079

  • Kambo, Amrita, Arratia-Solar, Andrea, Bharadwaj, Bishal, Witt, Katherine, Wade, Belinda, Phelan, Anna (Anya) and Ashworth, Peta (2023). Social acceptance of hydrogen in Australia – key findings from a deliberative engagement process with five citizens’ panels. Australian Hydrogen Research Conference, AHRC2023, Canberra, ACT Australia, 8-10 February 2023. Amsterdam, Netherlands: Elsevier. doi: 10.2139/ssrn.4478030

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