Adjunct Associate Professor
Kelly Bannister, PhD (UBC)
Office: University House 4
Kelly Bannister is Director of the POLIS Project on Ecological Governance. She applies her background in Ethnobotany to collaborative research, learning and policy development in the area of biocultural diversity for community and ecosystem health. Her research and learning efforts involve collaborations with a number of First Nations and community non-profit organizations and include the Chemainus Biodiversity Education Project. Her policy focus is on ethical and legal issues in research involving biodiversity and Indigenous cultural knowledge, and the role of local governance tools (e.g., codes of ethics, community research protocols) to address power relations and facilitate equitable research practices. As of Spring 2008, Kelly will co-lead a new project on Intellectual Property Issues in Cultural Heritage. The project is based at SFU and funded for seven years under the MCRI program of SSHRC.
Kelly has designed and taught courses for the School of Environmental Studies on biodiversity and community-based research.
ES 481A - Community-based Research in Clayoquot Sound (Summer 2005)
ES 400A - Biodiversity and Traditional Knowledge: Reciprocity in Research (Spring 2004)
ES 400C - Community-based Research in Clayoquot Sound (Summer 2003)
2007 "The Ethics of Engagement: An Ethnobiologist's Perspective." Academic Matters: The Journal of Higher Education, October: 16-17. http://www.polisproject.org/PDFs/Ethics_of_engagement.pdf
2006 with Hardison, P. “Mobilizing Traditional Knowledge and Expertise for Decision-Making on Biodiversity”. Case study conducted in the framework of the consultative process towards an International Mechanism Of Scientific Expertise on Biodiversity (IMoSEB). German Federal Agency for Nature Conservation.
2006 with Barrett, K. “Harmand Alternatives: Cultures under Siege.” In N. Myers and C. Raffensperger (eds.) Precautionary Tools for Reshaping Environmental Policy. Cambridge: MIT Press, 215-239.
2005 “Use of Traditional Knowledge for University Research: Conflicts between Academic Ethics and Research Policies.” In J. T. Arnason, P. M. Catling, E. Small, P. T. Dang, and J. D. Lambert (eds.) Biodiversity and Health: Focusing Research to Policy. Ottawa: NCR Press, 122-129.
2005 (ed.) “Understanding Community-Based Research: Reflections on a Shared Learning Journey in Clayoquot Sound.” Short essays by students of ES 481A: Community-based Research in Clayoquot Sound, Summer 2005. University of Victoria.
2005 (ed.) “Building Healthy Communities: The Role of Community-based Research.” Proceedings from the University of Victoria Forum on Community-based Research. Victoria. April 23. University of Victoria.
2004 with Nicholas, G. “Copyrighting the Past? Emerging Intellectual Property Rights in Archaeology,” Current Anthropology 45(3):327-350.
2004 “Indigenous Knowledge and Traditional Plant Resources of the Secwepemc First Nation,” in Mary Riley, ed., Indigenous Intellectual Property Rights: Legal Obstacles and Innovative Solutions (Walnut Creek: AltaMira Press), 279-308.
2004 with Nicholas, G. “Intellectual Property Rights and Indigenous Cultural Heritage,” in Mary Riley, ed., Indigenous Intellectual Property Rights: Legal Obstacles and Innovative Solutions, Walnut Creek: AltaMira Press), 309-340.
2004 with Barrett, K. “Weighing the Proverbial ‘Ounce of Prevention’ versus the ‘Pound of Cure’ in a Biocultural Context: A Role for the Precautionary Principle in Ethnobiological Research,” Advances in Economic Botany 15: 307-339.