Lecturer in Science Communication, University of Western Australia

Dr Heather Bray is a Lecturer in Science Communication, whose research explores community understandings of, and attitudes to, the role of science and technology in food production. Her current focus is genetically-modified crops and food, and farm animal welfare. She is interested in how attitudes to agriculture and food are shaped socially, culturally and historically, and particularly curious about the role of the media and social media in shaping these ideas. Her work aims to improve communication and build trust between different stakeholders in the agri-food system.

Dr Bray's background is in agricultural science and she has worked as an animal scientist in both Australia and the Netherlands. For 10 years she worked in science centres and for agricultural research centres, developing community engagement programs about complex and controversial technologies.

Experience

  • –present
    Senior Research Associate, University of Adelaide

Education

  • 2003 
    Central Queensland University, Graduate Diploma in Science Communication
  • 1997 
    University of Sydney, PhD
  • 1992 
    University of Sydney, Bachelor of Science in Agriculture (Hons)

Professional Memberships

  • Australian Science Communicators