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Explosives and the Environment. A Public Deliberation.

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Research Team Members

Kieran O'Doherty

Kieran O'Doherty is an Assistant Professor at the W. Maurice Young Centre for Applied Ethics, University of British Columbia. He currently works with Mike Burgess, Peter Danielson, Ed Levy, and Dan Weary on the Centre's Ge3LS programmes. This work focuses on the social and ethical issues associated with emerging biotechnologies, currently with a particular emphasis on human tissue biobanking and salmon genomics.

Kieran undertook his undergraduate training at the University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa, with majors in physics and chemistry. He subsequently completed his honours and PhD degrees in psychology at the University of Adelaide, Australia.

Michael Burgess

Michael Burgess is Professor and Chair in Biomedical Ethics at the W. Maurice Young Centre for Applied Ethics and in the Department of Medical Genetics, and Principal of the College for Interdisciplinary Studies at the University of British Columbia.

Burgess received a BA in philosophy and religion from Spring Arbor College in Michigan, and an MA and Ph.D. in philosophy, with a specialization in medical ethics, from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. He was formerly an Associate Professor of Medical Bioethics in the Faculty of Medicine and Humanities Institute at the University of Calgary.

Alice Hawkins

Alice’s recent public engagement work has included facilitating in a number of events in diverse topic areas, from salmon genomics to human tissue biobanking. Alice is particularly interested in strategies to improve the translation of such events into meaningful and sustainable policy solutions. Prior to her research in public participation, Ms. Hawkins worked as a genetic counselor and outreach coordinator. Ms. Hawkins holds a MPH with a focus on policy and management from Columbia University, an MS in Genetic Counseling from Sarah Lawrence College, and an MA (Oxon) in Human Sciences from Oxford University. Alice is currently conducting PhD research at UBC.

Cory Fairley

Cory is a PhD student in the Department of History at UBC. Before joining the History department at UBC, Cory completed an MA in Philosophy at UBC, working primarily in ethics and social and political philosophy. His current research interests focus on the relationships between research science (particularly biotechnology), the market economy, and public discourse, with a focus on the role of market forces in influencing and shaping not only research, but also public attitudes towards and engagements with that research.

Dan Badulescu

Active in interdisciplinary research and instruction at the University of British Columbia (Canada) and Universidad A Metropolitana (Mexico) on comparative policy design, governance, ethics and organizational strategies in science & technology development and communication. He researches the social impact and controversies of technology and policy in the fields of environment, development, pest management, health promotion, global food trade, agriculture, nanotechnology, resource exploitation and GMO in countries such as Brazil, Canada, India and Mexico. His experience is multifaceted in business, public sector, United Nations and education.

Geoff Salomons

A recent graduate of Vancouver School of Theology, Geoff is volunteering with the Centre for Applied Ethics to gain valuable research experience. He hopes to begin a Master’s in Political Science in September focusing on political theory, public policy and deliberative democracy.

Jayme Taylor

Jayme is a research assistant tech at the W. Maurice Young Centre for Applied Ethics. In May 2009, she obtained her Master of Arts from the University of British Columbia in socio-cultural anthropology. Her research interests are globalization and popular culture.

Michael Mackenzie

Michael MacKenzie is a PhD candidate in the Department of Political Science at the University of British Columbia (UBC). His research interests include democratic theory and deliberative democracy. He was a policy analyst and a facilitator at the Ontario Citizens’ Assembly on Electoral Reform (2006-07). He has been working with the Face-to-Face team at the W. Maurice Young Centre for Applied Ethics at UBC since 2009.

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