Office: CLE B311
Phone: (250) 853-3766
History: B.A. (Wheaton College), M.A, Ph.D. (Northwestern University), professor, has taught at University of Waterloo. He joined the University of Victoria in 2002 as the Director of the Centre for Studies in Religion and Society CSRS Webpage with a joint appointment in the Department of Philosophy.
Interests: applied and professional ethics, values and technology, environmental ethics, risk science and public policy, philosophy of religion and philosophy of law.
- The Ethics of Cultural Appropriation. Edited with James O. Young. Wiley-Blackwell, 2009.
- Acceptable Genes? Religious Traditions and Genetically Modified Foods.Edited with Harold Coward. SUNY Press, 2009.
- Value Assumptions in Risk Assessment: The Alachor Controversy (with Lawrence Haworth & Breand Lee), WLU Press, 1991;
Other recent publications include:
- “Regulatory And Innovation Implications Of Religious And Ethical Sensitivities Concerning GM Food”. With Nola Ries and Leslie Rodgers. in Conrad Brunk & Harold Coward (eds.).
- Acceptable Genes:Religious Traditions and Genetically Modified Foods. SUNY Press, 2009.
- “The Skin Off Our Backs: Appropriation of Religion”. Young and Brunk (eds.).The Ethics of Cultural Appropriation. Wiley-Blackwell Press, 2009.
- “Appropriation of Traditional Knowledge: Ethics in the Context of Ethnobiology”. Young and Brunk (eds.).The Ethics of Cultural Appropriation.Wiley-Blackwell Press, 2009.
- “The Evocative Image:Art and the Perception of Risk”.Imagining Science, Caulfield & Caulfield eds. University of Alberta Press, 2008.
- “A Framework for Managing Biotechnology Risks in a Precautionary Mode”. Iain E.P. Taylor and Katherine Barrett eds. Genetically Engineered Plants: Decision-Making under Uncertainty. Binghamton, New York, Haworth’s Food products Press, 2006
- Elements of Precaution: Recommendations for the Regulation of Food Biotechnology in Canada, Royal Society of Canada Expert Panel Report on the Future of Food Biotechnology. Co-authored with 13 other Expert Panel Members, Toxicology and Environmental Health (2001);
- "Restorative Justice and the Philosophical Theories of Punishment", Michael Hadley ed., Spiritual Roots of Restorative Justice , New York, SUNY Press, 2001;
- "Ecosystem Justice in the Canadian Fisheries", H. Coward, R. Ommer, and T. Pitcher, Just Fish: Ethics and the Canadian Marine Fisheries, St. Johns: ISER Press, 2000.
Conrad Brunk is a regular contributor to expert panels and advisory groups to governments and industry on matters of technology, values, and human/environmental health. Recent appointments:
- Member, Council of Canadian Academies Expert Panel on the Integrated Testing of Pesticides
- Member, Health Canada/Environment Canada Chemicals Management Plan Challenge Advisory Panel
- Member, Council of Canadian Academies Expert Panel on Nanotechnology Assessment
- Vice-Chair, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada Science Advisory Board
- Member, Commission for Environmental Cooperation of North America Advisory Group for the Article 13 Maize report (NAFTA)
- Member, Canadian Biotechnology Advisory Committee
- Founding Member, TSE and Food Safety Foundation, Basel, Switzerland
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