Professor of Applied Philosophy, University of British Columbia

Professor Burgess is a philosopher in applied ethics with training in social science. His research is collaborative and interdisciplinary. For the last thirteen years, he has focused on the development and implementation of a unique approach to deliberative public engagement. His approach combines political science, qualitative methods, and participatory approaches in collaboration with experts in science and health policy. Much of this work is in partnership with Kieran O’Doherty, Associate Professor of Social Psychology at Guelph University. Burgess and O’Doherty have actively collaborated on the design and implementation of deliberative public engagement in over 25 deliberative events in Canada, Australia and the US. In that time since 2006, Professor Burgess has been the Principal or co-Principal investigator on 10 grants with over CAD$4M funding and a coinvestigator or collaborator on 25 grants and programs with over CAD$40M funding. He has published well over 100 peer reviewed articles and chapters, and he and his collaborators have published over 40 articles related to deliberative public engagement.


  • –present
    Professor, University of British Columbia


  • 1986 
    University of Tennessee, Philosophy (Medical Ethics)