A discussion about Perspectives on Breeding and Genetic Modification with Geoff Tansey, David Pink, Anne Murcott, Marina Moskowitz and Carol Morris.
Dr. Carol Morris
Carol Morris' background is in Geography (BA, Liverpool and PhD, Wye College, University of London). Her PhD was at the interface between agricultural geography and rural sociology and explored the way in which farmers were being enrolled into environmental practices through the medium of EU policy measures. In Egenis, Morris is developing research that examines what the rise of genomic knowledges in agriculture means for the practices of livestock breeding and rearing.
Before coming to Exeter in November 2003 Morris worked as a Research Fellow at the CCRU (Countryside and Community Research Unit, University of Gloucestershire) on numerous projects mostly concerned with the evaluation of rural environmental policy, but also with farm animal welfare and rural women's employment.
Dr. Marina Moskowitz
Dr. Marina Moskowitz is a professor at the University of Glasgow in the Department of History. She's the author of Seed Money: The Economies of Horticulture in Nineteenth-Century America.
Professor Anne Murcott has degrees in both social anthropology and sociology, is Professor Emerita (Sociology), South Bank University, London, with honorary professorships at City University and the University of Nottingham. Her previous work includes visiting positions in Australian universities and service as editor or editorial board member of international academic journals.
She has authored and co-authored many academic papers and books, and served as Director of the Economic and Social Research Council's six year Research Programme The Nation's Diet.
David Pink currently leads the Crop Improvement group. He is responsible for the Defra-funded Crop Improvement programme at Warwick HRI. This is a multidisciplinary research programme in field vegetables (brassica, lettuce, leek and onion) and narcissus. In addition Dave currently has three projects funded by a number of breeding companies. He is also currently developing a research interest in industrial crops.
Dave is a member of the scientific advisory committee of the British Beet Research Organisation, the Defra, Plant Varieties and Seeds Tribunal panel and the management group of the Oilseed RapE Genetic Improvement Network (OREGIN). He is also honorary lecturer at the Universities of Leicester and Birmingham.
Dave's main research interest is the development of tools, resources and information to facilitate the improvement of quantitative traits of agronomic interest through the exploitation of natural allelic variation. This is done by the development of mapping populations and linkage maps in brassica and lettuce which are used to carry out QTL analysis for a range of traits.
Geoff Tansey is an independent freelance writer, researcher, journalist, broadcaster and consultant with a longstanding interest in global food systems and policies and related intellectual property issues. He is a member and Director of the Food Ethics Council and in 2005 was appointed one of six "Joseph Rowntree Visionaries for a Just and Peaceful World."