Philip Tattersall is an industrial chemist by training. He has had experience in the paper, metal and electroplating industries working on technical missions around the world and more recently in India during 1997 to 2000. He runs an environmental/agricultural consultancy, Soil Tech Research, which has been involved in a number of community right-to-know issues over the past 20 years, the most notable being the Exeter tip issue, Lutana heavy metal issue and the development of Community Based Sampling. Recently, he has spearheaded the implementation of his latest project, Community Based Auditing and the founding of the journal Upper Catchment Issues Tasmania. In his capacity as General Secretary and quality systems co-ordinator with the Tasmanian Organic-Dynamic Producers, he has taken the organization through to accreditation under the Commonwealth Organic Export Program, meeting the 3rd party audit requirements as set down by AQIS and importing Countries.
He holds qualifications in applied and analytical chemistry, and holds a Graduate Diploma in Sustainable Agriculture from Sydney University and a M.Sc. (Hons) from University of Western Sydney. He has qualified as an ISO 14001 internal auditor and is Chartered Chemist with the Royal Australian Chemical Institute. His principal research interests are in the technical and social aspects of agricultural sustainability and in particular the role local knowledge plays in shaping community perceptions. He is currently working on his Ph.D, in which he is researching the role of Post Normal Science (PNS) in the evolution of the Inquiring community. His areas of interest include the role of expanded peer review in science and the application of Living Theory to the ongoing development of environmental activism/advocacy in Tasmania.
He has published over 30 papers and articles and has recently published two books. He is married to Roxanne and has a daughter Emma.