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This Week in Research:Canada Research Chair Renewal, Gillian Crozier.

This Week in Research: Renewal of Dr. Gillian Crozier’s Tier II Canada Research Chair  

Dr. Gillian Crozier is ready to embark her second term as the Tier II Canada Research Chair in Environment, Culture and Values (SSHRC), which begins July 1st, 2016. The objective of the Canada Research Chair Program is “to attract and retain some of the world's most accomplished and promising minds. Chairholders aim to achieve research excellence in engineering and the natural sciences, health sciences, humanities, and social sciences” ( http://www.chairs-chaires.gc.ca/home-accueil-eng.aspx). Laurentian University would like to congratulate Dr. Crozier on the renewal of her Tier II Chair!

Dr. Crozier’s research is highly interdisciplinary and focuses primarily on the philosophy of the life sciences, including the philosophy of biology and bioethics. She is also the current Director of Laurentian’s Centre for Humanities Research and Creativity (CHRC) and is a founding member of the Centre for Evolutionary Ecology and Ethical Conservation (CEEEC). Dr. Crozier also contributes significantly to building research capacity at Laurentian through her role as the institution’s SSHRC Leader.

With regards to the renewal of her research chair, the research possibilities are many, and Dr. Crozier looks to build upon past successes in her previous term. One of the biggest focuses of her first term was research collaborations, such as her work with CEEEC and fellow Canada Research Chair, Dr. Albrecht Schulte-Hostedde, on the ethics of ecological research, where they “look to survey the value of ecological research in Canada, specifically to come up with an ethics policy for researchers on the topic”. In a related project on zoos, Dr. Crozier and her collaborators seek to understand the implications of having animals in zoos and aquariums, as well as suggest ways in which these institutions can evolve to align more directly will current social values related to conservation and animal welfare.

Speaking once more of research opportunities, Dr. Crozier says that she is excited to embark on some new projects related to bio-medical ethics, medical tourism and the flow of health workers, and the philosophy of science, and ecological ethics. The next five years may also involve funnelling all of these research streams into one project about the ethics and epistemology of human animal relations, ideally an overlapping of the stated topics.

Dr. Crozier began her career at McMaster University, where she completed her undergraduate degree, followed by a Master’s at Guelph University and a Ph. D. at Western University She came to Laurentian in 2011, following an appointment as Assistant Professor in the Department of Philosophy at Loyola University in Chicago.