Dr Heather Bray

Heather Bray
Senior Research Associate
School of Humanities
Faculty of Arts

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.

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.

Appointments

Date Position Institution name
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

Awards and Achievements

Date Type Title Institution Name Amount
2014 Barbara Kidman Women's Fellowship University of Adelaide
2005 Premier’s Science Excellence Awards Science Educator of the Year, Co-Finalist

Education

Date Institution name Country Title
1988 - 1991 University of Sydney Australia Bachelor of Science in Agriculture (Hons)

Postgraduate Training

Date Title Institution Country
2002 - 2003 Graduate Diploma in Sciences Communication Central Queensland University Australia
1992 - 1997 Doctor of Philosophy University of Sydney Australia

Keywords

Agricultural and Veterinary Sciences, History and Philosophy of Science, Social Studies of Science and Technology

Journals

Book Chapters

Date Citation
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

Conference Papers

Date Citation
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

Internet Publications

Date Citation
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

Since 2012 I have been a guest lecturer for Communicating Science (Science 7020 and in 2015 also Science 3200) in online communication, oral presentation, networking, the political and economic context of Australian science, and event planning, marketing and evaluation.

Supervision Activities

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

Committee Memberships

Date Role Committee Institution Country
2014 Member Radio Adelaide Advisory Committee
2012 Member Australian Science Communicators South Australian Branch
Position
Senior Research Associate
Phone
83135608
Fax
8313 4341
Campus
North Terrace
Building
Napier Building
Room Number
4 06
Org Unit
History

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