Dr. Michael Mehta
Dr. Mehta is a social scientist who specializes in science, technology and society with a focus on environmental and health risk issues. His recent work focuses on community resistance, resiliency and social innovation with a particular emphasis on citizen science, and he leads the Help the Kelp Project (see helpthekelp.blogspot.ca) and founded a renewable energy non-profit society on Gabriola Island, British Columbia, called GabEnergy (see www.gabenergy.com).
Research Interests: utility cooperatives; emerging technologies including biotechnology and nanotechnology; nuclear safety; "green energy"; blood safety; social movements; marine ecosystems & tidal energy; food safety; vegetarianism
Post-Doctoral Fellowship, Environmental Policy, School of Policy Studies, Queen's University
Ph.D. in Environmental Sociology, York University
Master of Environmental Studies (M.E.S.), York University
B.A. (Honours) in Psychology, York University
Honours, Medals and Awards:
(with Ashok Mathur, Ron McGivern, Murray Young, Geoff Bowe, and Dale Parkes), Honourable Mention, Second Place in an International Tiny House Design Competition: 10 Square for The Beetle House. The Beetle House is a 107 square foot, fully functional house, made from wood recovered from pine beetle damaged timber.
(with the Board of Directors of Canadian Blood Services), National Award in Governance (First Place), Conference Board of Canada, 2009
Health Canada Distinguished Lecturer for Outstanding Contributions in the Field of Science, Technology and Society and the Advancement of Science, 2007
The Saskatchewan Centennial Medal, 2006
Agricultural Genomics Award, Genome Canada, 2003
Award for Scholarly Research and Creative Work, Queen's University, 2000
Ontario Graduate Scholarship, 1991-1992
Member of the Dean's Honour Roll, Faculty of Arts, York University, 1988-1989, 1987-1988, 1986-1987
Geoffrey Hunt and Michael D. Mehta (eds.). (2006) Nanotechnology: Risk, Ethics and Law. London, UK: Earthscan.
Michael D. Mehta, (ed.). Biotechnology Unglued: Science, Society and Social Cohesion. Vancouver: UBC Press, 2005.
Michael D. Mehta. Risky Business: Nuclear Power and Public Protest in Canada. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books, 2005.
Michael D. Mehta, (ed.), 1996. Regulatory Efficiency and the Role of Risk Assessment. Kingston, Ontario: School of Policy Studies, Queen's University.
Michael D. Mehta, and E. Ouellet (eds.), 1995. Environmental Sociology: Theory and Practice. Toronto: Captus Press.
60 Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles and Book Chapters; 8 Technical Reports; 4 Book Reviews; 200 Invited Lectures and Conferences Presentations; $65 Million In Research Grant Funding; Organizer of 11 Conferences; 205+ Media Interviews
Professor, Department of Geography and Environmental Studies, Thompson Rivers University, July 1 2013 to present
Dean, Faculty of Arts, Thompson Rivers University, July 1 2010 to June 30 2013
Professor, Environmental Studies, Faculty of Science, University of Winnipeg, October 15 2008 to June 30 2010
Principal, Richardson College for the Environment, University of Winnipeg, October 15 2008 to July 11 2009
Visiting Professor, November 2008, Monash Centre for Regulatory Studies, Faculty of Law, Monash University, Melbourne, Australia
Executive Director, Population Research Laboratory, University of Alberta, November 1 2007 to October 14 2008
Professor, Department of Sociology, University of Alberta, July 1 2007 to October 14 2008
Associate Director, Population Research Laboratory, University of Alberta, July 1 2007 to October 31 2007
Professor, Department of Sociology, University of Saskatchewan, July 1 2005 to June 30 2007
Chair, Sociology of Biotechnology Program, University of Saskatchewan, July 1 2000 to June 30 2007
Director, Social Research Unit, University of Saskatchewan July 1 2003 to June 30 2005
Associate Professor, Department of Sociology, University of Saskatchewan, July 1 2000 to June 30 2005
Assistant Professor, School of Policy Studies and the School of Environmental Studies, Queen's University, July 1 1999 to June 30 2000
Lecturer, Faculty of Environmental Studies, York University, September 1 1994 to June 30 1995
Fall 2014 Term:
Sociology 2620 "Sociology Of The Environment"
Sociology 3620 "Sociology Of Risk"
Winter 2015 Term:
Geography 3100 "Environment And Resources"
Geography 3990 "Renewable Energy, Sustainability, And Community Capacity-Building"
Member, British Columbia Deans of Arts and Sciences, July 2010 to June 30 2013
Member, Canadian Association of Fine Arts Deans (CAFAD), July 2010 to June 30 2013
Member, International Advisory Committee, The Centre for Bioethics and Emerging Technologies, St. Mary's University College, Twickenham, London, UK, October 2008 to present
Member, Research Management Committee, Prionet Canada, October 2008 to July 2010
Associate Theme Leader, Prion Prevention and Preparedness, Prionet Canada, February 2009 to July 2010
Member of the Science Policy and Outcomes Consortium at Arizona State University, January 2005 to present
Member of the Institute for Risk Research, Canada, July 1999 to present
Founder and Board Member, Environmental Studies Association of Canada (ESAC), 1994-1999
Member, Board of Directors, Kamloops Symphony Orchestra, September 2010 to February 2013
Member, Board of Trustees, Western Canada Theatre, September 2010 to February 2013
Member, City of Winnipeg, Mayor's Environmental Advisory Committee, March 2009 to March 2010
Member, Board of Directors, Canadian Blood Services, October 2005 to October 2009
Co-Chair, National Liaison Committee, Canadian Blood Services, May 2008 to December 2008
Co-Chair (acting), National Liaison Committee, Canadian Blood Services, April 2006 to April 2008
Member, Finance and Audit Committee, Canadian Blood Services, November 2008 to October 2009
Member, Safety, Science and Ethics Committee, Canadian Blood Services, October 2005 to November 2008
Member, Human Resources and Compensation Committee, Canadian Blood Services, June 2006 to October 2009
Member, Board of Directors, Wireless Information Resource Centre, July 2003 to June 2006
Member, Board of Directors, EM-Com, July 2000 to June 2006
Member, Board of Directors, SaskPower, March 2004 to January 2008
Chair, Governance Committee, SaskPower, April 2007 to January 2008
Chair, Strategic Planning Committee, SaskPower, April 2005 to June 2006
Member, Environment, Occupational Health and Safety Committee, SaskPower, March 2004 to January 2008
Member, Governance Committee, SaskPower, March 2004 to April 2005
Member, Board of Directors, SaskPower International, March 2004 to January 2008
Member, Board of Directors, NorthPoint Energy Solutions, March 2004 to January 2008