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2009-2012 Steering Committee


Richard Hindmarsh, Griffith School of Environment, Griffith University, Australia

Richard Hindmarsh is Associate Professor in Environmental Politics and Policy at Griffith School of Environment, and also a member of Griffith University’s Centre for Governance and Public Policy. His monograph Edging Towards BioUtopia: A New Politics of Reordering Life and the Democratic Challenge (UWAP 2008) is a foundational Australian text and critical account of the development and regulation of GMOS for environmental release in a context of organised irresponsibility and technocracy. Edited/co-authored books include Altered Genes Reconstructing Nature: the Debate (Allen& Unwin 1998, with Lawrence/Norton); Altered Genes II: The Future? (Scribe 2001, with Lawrence); Recoding Nature: Critical Perspectives on Genetic Engineering (UNSWP 2004, with Lawrence); and Genetic Suspects: Global Governance of Forensic DNA Profiling and Databasing (with Prainsack, foreword Sheila Jasanoff, CUP 2010 forthcoming). He currently has a large Australian Research Council Discovery grant investigating democratic legitimacy and enhanced participatory governance approaches around wind farm development in Australia in a context of intense social conflict from rural communities, and was recently awarded with Tomiko Yamaguchi a prestigious Japan Society for the Promotion of Science Invitation Fellowship for Research in Japan.


Tomiko Yamaguchi (Co-Convenor 2010-2012)

Associate Professor Tomiko Yamaguchi teaches the sociology’s of S&T and international development, at the Dept of Sociology and Anthropology, International Christian University, Japan. Her research focuses on the ways in which scientific knowledge is produced and reproduced through the politics of stakeholders, and has worked on GMO controversies in India. Currently, a research project looks at mass media reporting and GMOs, which is funded by Japan’s Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Research Council. Another looks at public understanding of food safety issues concerning food nanotechnology.


Haidan Chen: China.

Postdoctoral research fellow at the Center for Science Technology and Society, Zhejiang University, China. She gained both an M.A.(2004-2006) and Ph.D (2006-2009) in the Philosophy of Science and Technology at Zhejiang University. She was a visiting postgraduate researcher at the Institute for the Study of Science Technology and Innovation (ISSTI), the University of Edinburgh, UK (2006-2007). She was an exchange student of the European Union 6th Research Framework project BIONET (Ethical Governance of Biological and Biomedical Research: Chinese-European Co-operation), and visited the Science and Technology Studies Unit (SATSU), the University of York, UK, and the Life Science Governance Research Platform, the University of Vienna, Austria, in May 2008. Her current research relates to the governance of biomedical research, in particular stem cell translational research, biobanks, and biomarkers. More generally, her research interests embrace bioethics, the biopolitics of science and technology, and biomedical innovation. She is working with the European Union 7th Research Framework project REMEDiE (‘Regenerative Medicine in Europe: Emerging Needs and Challenges in a Global Context’) and the UK ESRC (The Economic and Social Research Council) funded project ‘State Strategies of Governance in Global Biomedical Innovation: the Impact of China and India’.

Bob Frame: Aotearoa New Zealand

Professor Bob Frame is Principal Scientist (Sustainability and Society) at Landcare Research. After training in Scotland as an engineer and research physicist, Bob lived in China and India then became a senior manager in international aid, and now, once again, does research. His ‘transdisciplinary’ research examines the transition to a more sustainable society through helping people imagine futures and the institutions that might realise them. He works with many government agencies and regional authorities in New Zealand as well as throughout Asia.  He publishes extensively in the academic and popular literatures.

Cecilia Lim: Singapore

Cecilia Lim is Associate Professor in Philosophy at the National University of Singapore. She received her PhD in Philosophy from the University of Pittsburgh. Her main area of research is in Descartes and early modern philosophy, but she also does work on environmental issues. She is currently re-engaging with a much earlier interest in the history and philosophy of science. She has published a book, Material Falsity and Error in Descartes’ Meditations (Routledge 2006). Her papers have appeared in journals such as the Australasian Journal of Philosophy, Environmental Ethics and History of Philosophy Quarterly, and in various edited volumes.

Nicola Marks: Australia

Lecturer, School of English Literature and Philosophy, University of Wollongong, Dr Nicola Marks has a background in human genetics but switched over to sociology when she went to Edinburgh and completed a PhD and post-doc on public engagement in stem cell research. Her research interests include assisted reproductive technologies, biotechnology, alternative forms of knowledge and expertise, public engagement and participation in science, power, and scientific citizenship. She is currently lecturer in the Science and Technology Studies Programme at the University of Wollongong, Australia.

Wen-ling Tu: Taiwan

Ass. Professor, Dept of Public Policy and Management, Shih-Hsin University. In 2008, Associate Professor Tu joined the committee of the Taiwan Science, Technology, and Society Association. Her co-edited book ‘Challenging the Chip: Labor Rights and Environmental Justice in the Global Electronics Industry’ (2006, Temple University Press) analyses the globalisation of electronics and its failure to keep pace with social and environmental advances, and advocates an environmentally and socially responsible industry. She was a 2007 Top Ten Rising Star in Taiwan/Environmental Protection Award Winner and also received the 2004 Bob and Sydney Brown International Humanitarian Award. She is a board member of the Taiwan Environmental Action Network and has  served as member of the environmental committee of the Ministry of Education.


Mere Roberts, University of Auckland, Aotearoa New Zealand

Dr Mere Roberts is a New Zealander of Maori (Ngati Apakura, Ngati Hikairo) and Pakeha descent. A biologist, she has been a staff member of the University of Auckland’s School of Medicine, School of Biological Sciences and Environmental & Marine Sciences. In 2004 she was appointed Head of Science at Te Whare Wananga o Awanuiarangi in Whakatane before returning to the University of Auckland as an Honorary Research Fellow in Anthropology. She currently serves on the Ministry for Economic Development working group on Bioprospecting; the Ministerial Advisory Committee on Biosecurity and the UNESCO (NZ) science subcommittee. A former member of the Maori advisory committee to the Environmental Risk Management Authority, she has conducted research into perceptions of the effects of genetically modified organisms (GMO’s) and other novel biotechnologies on Maori. Current research interests are in indigenous knowledge systems and traditional ecological knowledge with a focus on matauranga putaiao (Maori scientific knowledge) and its interface with mainstream science.