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.
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||Barbara Kidman Women's Fellowship||University of Adelaide|
|2005||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|
|2017||Ankeny,RA, Bray,HJ, 2017, Genetically-modified food: fostering better dialogue about what counts as ‘good’ food|
|2017||Ankeny,RA, Bray,HJ, 2017, Scourge or Savior? The Complex Relationship between Food and Science, Bloomsbury|
|2015||Bray,HJ, Ankeny,RA, 2015, What do food labels teach people about food ethics?, Ashgate Publishing, pp. 185-200|
|1999||Black,JL, Bray,HJ, Giles,LR, 1999, The thermal and infectious environment, CABI|
|2015||Bray,HJ, Keenihan,S, Hutson,J, Alford,K, 2015, An online community of practice around science communication: #onsci, Australian Science Communicators Conference, Brisbane|
|2004||Smart,A, Bray,H, McLean,M, Able,A, 2004, Grain growers' perspectives on genetically modified organisms (GMOs), International Crop Science Congress, Brisbane, Australia|
|1995||Black,JL, Davies,GT, Bray,HJ, Giles,LR, Chapple,RP, 1995, Modelling the effects of genotype, environment and health on nutrient utilisation, 4th International Workshop on Modelling Nutrient Utilization in Farm Animals, Foulum, Denmark.|
|1994||BRAY,HJ, BEHRENDT,R, GILES,LR, GOODEN,JM, BLACK,JL, 1994, THE EFFECT OF PLEUROPNEUMONIA AS A STRESSOR ON PIG PERFORMANCE, 20th Biennial Conference of the Australian-Society-of-Animal-Production - Animal Production in Australia, UNIV W AUSTRALIA, PERTH, AUSTRALIA|
|2016||Bray,HJ, zambrano ramos,SC, Chur-Hansen,A, Ankeny,RA; 2016; 'Mummy, where does steak come from?' How Australian families talk about meat|
|2014||Bray,HJ, Ankeny,RA; 2014; Making a meal of GM food labelling|
Research-based Degree Supervisions
|Date||Role||Student Name||Thesis Title||Institution|
|2012 -||Co-Supervisor||Susan Chant||The history of food localism in Australia||University of Adelaide|
|2015 -||Co-Supervisor||Emily Buddle||Consumer perceptions of sheep and beef cattle welfare in Australia||University of Adelaide|
|2015 -||Co-Supervisor||Kelly McKinley||A History of Community Activism and Public Attitudes in Australia towards Genetic Modification (GM) Science in Food and Agriculture||University of Adelaide|
|2015 -||Co-Supervisor||Yvette Wijnandts||Rethinking difference with the non-human animal: An analysis of meat eating and culture||University of Adelaide|
|2015 -||Co-Supervisor||Chen Li Weng||Food Security in Singapore: A Look at Campaigns from the 1940s to the Contemporary Era||University of Adelaide|
|2015 -||Co-Supervisor||Virginia Baker||Science at the interface: Community engagement and the promise of transdisciplinarity in exploring challenges and new practices for sustainable management||University of Adelaide|
|2014||Member||Radio Adelaide Advisory Committee|
|2012||Member||Australian Science Communicators South Australian Branch|