Heather Bray


  • The University of Western Australia (M084), 35 Stirling Highway,

    6009 Perth


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Dr Heather Bray has more than 20 years of experience in Science Communication. 

Heather currently co-coordinates the Science Communication major within the Bachelor of Science, and the Masters of Science Communication. She is the leading coordinator/instructor for Science Writing, Exhibitions and Interpretation, Science and the Media, and Contemporary Issues in Science Communication. Heather taught science communication and related subjects at the University of Adelaide from 2012 to 2018.

Heather's research explores community understandings of, and attitudes to, the role of science and technology in food production, in particular genetically-modified crops and food, and farm animal welfare. Her work aims to improve communication and build trust between different stakeholders in the agri-food system.

Heather's background is in agricultural science and she has worked as an animal scientist in both Australia and the Netherlands. Before returning to academia, she worked in science centres and for agricultural research centres, developing community engagement programs about complex and controversial technologies. 

Heather is an active member of the Australian Science Communicators.

Education/Academic qualification

Central Queensland University

Award Date: 1 Dec 2003

University of Sydney

Award Date: 1 Dec 1997

University of Sydney

Award Date: 1 Jun 1991

Industry keywords

  • Agriculture and Food
  • Biotechnology
  • Communications
  • Creative Arts

Research expertise keywords

  • Social Media
  • Qualitative research methods
  • Media Studies
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