Dr Heather Bray
Dr Heather Bray is a researcher exploring community understandings of, and attitudes to, the role of science and technology in food production, in particular genetically-modified crops and food, and farm animal welfare.
She has recently returned to full-time research after working for over 10 years in science communication, developing community engagement programs for agricultural research centres that use complex and controversial technologies. Her background is in agricultural science and she has worked as an animal scientist in both Australia and the Netherlands.
✓ Eligible to supervise Masters and PhD — email supervisor to discuss availability.
I am a Senior Research Associate in the Department of History, School of Humanities working with Professor Rachel Ankeny. My background is in agricultural and animal science, and science communication. My research focuses on understandings of and attitudes to science and technology in food production. I am interested in how attitudes to agriculture and food are shaped socially, culturally and historically. I'm curious about the role of social media in shaping these ideas. I'm motivated to improve the way the research community engages with the public in issues related to science and technology. I am also interested in how current research paradigms affect the development of early and mid career researchers.
Current projects include:
- “Making plants better; making Australia better? A history of genetic modification science, policy, and community attitudes in Australia.” ARC Discovery Project, Prof Rachel A. Ankeny.
- “Getting to the meat of the matter: social and economic issues in animal welfare in Australia’s livestock industries” ARC Linkage Project, Prof Rachel A. Ankeny and A.Prof Wendy Umberger.
Recent projects include:
- “Leading or lagging behind? How is the moratorium on GM food crops framed by the media in rural and urban South Australia” FRAGS, Prof Rachel A. Ankeny, Dr Michael Wilmore
- “Not appropriate dinner table conversation? Talking to children about meat production” FRAGS, Prof Rachel A. Ankeny.
- “What shall we have for tea? Towards a new discourse of food ethics in contemporary Australia” ARC Discovery Project, Prof Rachel A. Ankeny.
- “Understanding women’s attitudes to genetically modified foods” NETS/DFEEST, Prof Rachel A. Ankeny and Dr H. Bray; Fay Gale Centre for Research on Gender, Prof Rachel A. Ankeny.
- “Understanding industry and consumer attitudes to the use of genetic modification in the wine industry” Wine2030, Prof Rachel A. Ankeny.
- “History of GM in Australia” FRAG, Prof Rachel A. Ankeny.
For more information go to Food Values Research Group webpage.
|2011||Senior Research Associate||University of Adelaide|
|2011 - 2014||Public Engagement and Researcher Development Officer||University of Adelaide|
|2010 - 2011||Project Officer||University of Adelaide|
|2008 - 2010||Program Leader, Education and Training||University of Adelaide|
|2005 - 2007||Education Manager||University of Adelaide|
|2003 - 2005||Education Officer||University of Adelaide|
|2014||Fellowship||Barbara Kidman Women's Fellowship||University of Adelaide||—||—|
|2005||Nomination||Premier’s Science Excellence Awards Science Educator of the Year, Co-Finalist||—||—||—|
|1988 - 1991||University of Sydney||Australia||Bachelor of Science in Agriculture (Hons)|
|2002 - 2003||Graduate Diploma in Sciences Communication||Central Queensland University||Australia|
|1992 - 1997||Doctor of Philosophy||University of Sydney||Australia|
|2018||Ankeny, R., & Bray, H. (2018). Scourge or Savior? The Complex Relationship between Food and Science. In K. LeBesco, & P. Naccarato (Eds.), The Bloomsbury Handbook of Food and Popular Culture (pp. 260-273). London; United Kingdom: Bloomsbury.|
|2018||Ankeny, R., & Bray, H. (2018). Genetically Modified Food. In A. Barnhill, M. Budolfson, & T. Doggett (Eds.), Oxford Handbook of Food Ethics (pp. 95-111). United Kingdom: Oxford University Press.
|2018||Bray, H., Konyn, S., Wijnandts, Y., & Ankeny, R. (2018). Ferals or food? Does hunting have a role in ethical food consumption in Australia?. In N. Carr, & J. Young (Eds.), Wild Animals and Leisure: Rights and Wellbeing (pp. 210-224). Routledge.|
|2015||Bray, H. J., & Ankeny, R. A. (2015). What do food labels teach people about food ethics?. In R. Flowers, & E. Swan (Eds.), Food pedagogies (pp. 185-200). Ashgate Publishing.|
|1999||Black, J. L., Bray, H. J., & Giles, L. R. (1999). The thermal and infectious environment. In I. Kyriazakis (Ed.), A quantitative biology of the pig (pp. 398 pages). CABI.|
|1998||Bray, H. J., Giles, L. R., Gooden, J. M., & Black, J. L. (1998). Energy expenditure in growing pigs infected with pleuropneumonia. In K. J. McCracken, E. F. Unsworth, & A. R. G. Wylie (Eds.), Energy Metabolism of Farm Animals : Proceedings of the 14th Symposium on Energy Metabolism, Newcastle, Co. Down, Northern Ireland, 14-20 September 1997 (pp. 291-294). Wallingford, Oxon, UK ; New York: CAB International.|
|1998||Giles, L. R., Lorschy, M. L., Bray, H. J., & Black, J. L. (1998). Predicting feed intake in growing pigs. In J. Wiseman, M. A. Varley, & J. P. Chadwick (Eds.), Progress in Pig Science (pp. 209-228). Nottingham University.|
|1994||Black, J. L., Davies, G. T., Bray, H. J., Giles, L. R., & Chapple, R. P. (1994). Modelling the effects of genotype, environment and health on nutrient utilisation. In Proceedings of the 4th International Workshop on Modelling Nutrient Utilization in Farm Animals (pp. 85-105). Foulum, Denmark: National Institute of Animal Science Research Centre.|
|2017||Buddle, E., Bray, H., Pitchford, W., & Ankeny, R. (2017). ‘I don’t want to think about it’ concerns about sheep and beef cattle transportation and slaughter amongst Australian meat consumers. Poster session presented at the meeting of Proceedings of the 63rd International Congress of Meat Science and Technology. Cork, Ireland.|
|2017||Williamson, N. M., & Bray, H. J. (2017). Using Social Media in a Science Communication Course. Poster session presented at the meeting of Abstracts of the Australian Conference on Science and Mathematics Education. Melbourne, Australia.|
|2016||Bray, H. J., Buddle, E. A., & Ankeny, R. A. (2016). Consumers link 'better' farm animal welfare with better quality products. Poster session presented at the meeting of 31st Biennial Conference of the Australian Society of Animal Production. Adelaide, South Australia.|
|2016||Buddle, E. A., Bray, H. J., Pitchford, W. S., & Ankeny, R. A. (2016). Meat Consumers Ignore Online Animal Welfare Activism. Poster session presented at the meeting of 31st Biennial Conference of the Australian Society of Animal Production. Adelaide, South Australia.|
|2015||Bray, H., Keenihan, S., Hutson, J., & Alford, K. (2015). An online community of practice around science communication: #onsci. Poster session presented at the meeting of Proceedings of the Australian Science Communicators Conference. Brisbane, Qld: Australian Science Communicators.|
|2004||Smart, A., Bray, H., McLean, M., & Able, A. (2004). Grain growers' perspectives on genetically modified organisms (GMOs). Poster session presented at the meeting of Proceedings of the 4th International Crop Science Congress 2004. www.cropscience.org.au: The Regional Institute Ltd.|
|1994||BRAY, H., BEHRENDT, R., GILES, L., GOODEN, J., & BLACK, J. (1994). THE EFFECT OF PLEUROPNEUMONIA AS A STRESSOR ON PIG PERFORMANCE. Poster session presented at the meeting of ANIMAL PRODUCTION IN AUSTRALIA. UNIV W AUSTRALIA, PERTH, AUSTRALIA: AUSTRALIAN SOCIETY ANIMAL PROD.|
|2017||Bray, H. J., & Ankeny, R. A. (2017). Perceptions of genetically modified food are informed by more than just science. The Conversation.|
|2017||Ankeny, R. A., & Bray, H. J. (2017). What comes first: the free-range chicken or the free-range egg?. The Conversation.|
|2016||Bray, H. J., & Ankeny, R. A. (2016). It’s complicated: Australia’s relationship with eating meat. The Conversation.|
|2016||Bray, H. J., zambrano ramos, S. C., Chur-Hansen, A., & Ankeny, R. A. (2016). 'Mummy, where does steak come from?' How Australian families talk about meat. The Conversation.|
|2014||Bray, H. J., & Ankeny, R. A. (2014). Making a meal of GM food labelling. The Conversation.|
|Date||Role||Research Topic||Program||Degree Type||Student Load||Student Name|
|2016||Co-Supervisor||The Bounty of The Suburbs- Backyard Food Production and Use in Adelaide, Post World War Two to the Present||Doctor of Philosophy||Doctorate||Full Time||Mrs Linda Alison Haines|
|2016||Co-Supervisor||'Blackboxing' Australian Science? Understanding Popular Perceptions of Science in Australia, 1939- 1963||Doctor of Philosophy||Doctorate||Part Time||Mrs Lisa Hunt|
|2015||Co-Supervisor||History of Community Attitudes and Activism in Australia Around The Emergence and Development of GM for Food and Agricultural Purposes, 1970s- Present||Doctor of Philosophy||Doctorate||Part Time||Ms Kelly Anne McKinley|
|2015||Co-Supervisor||Science at the Interface: Community Engagement and The Promise and Transdisciplinarity||Doctor of Philosophy||Doctorate||Part Time||Ms Virginia Elizabeth Baker|
|2015||Co-Supervisor||Consumer and Producer Perception of Animal Welfare||Doctor of Philosophy||Doctorate||Full Time||Ms Emily Anne Buddle|
|2015||Co-Supervisor||Rethink Difference with The Non-Human Animal: Eating Animals As a Site to Criticize Cultural Difference||Doctor of Philosophy||Doctorate||Full Time||Ms Yvette Kim Clarissa Wijnandts|
|Date||Role||Research Topic||Program||Degree Type||Student Load||Student Name|
|2012 - 2016||Co-Supervisor||A History of Local Food in Australia 1788 - 2015||Doctor of Philosophy||Doctorate||Full Time||Ms Susan Chant|
|2014 - 2016||Member||Radio Adelaide Advisory Committee||Radio Adelaide||—|
|2012 - ongoing||Member||Australian Science Communicators South Australian Branch||—||—|