What’s New in Social Sciences? (Spring Term)

Part of: Deans’ Lunchtime Lecture Series

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Institutional Corruption in Academic Research

Garry Gray, PhD, Department of Sociology, UVic

Friday, March 15: 12:30 to 1:45 pm

In this presentation, I will examine how the normalization of institutional corruption inside academia is weakening the university as an institution of public trust. Corporate influences that threaten the independence of research often remain hidden from the general public. However, for university administrators, these improper influences are often tacitly accepted as simply the new reality of funding environments – something to be managed, rather than eliminated. In an age of ‘fake news’ and stories about ‘corrupted research’ more attention is needed inside academia on the role that funding plays in everyday behavioural ethics.

Garry Gray is an Associate Professor of Criminology in the Department of Sociology at the University of Victoria. From 2011-2015, Gray was a Research Fellow at the Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics at Harvard Law School where he conducted research on the social organization of unethical behaviour and institutional corruption inside institutions of public trust. From 2009-2011, Gray was a Research Fellow in the Department of Health Policy and Management at the Harvard School of Public Health, where he researched the influence of organizational culture on medical errors and ethical decision-making inside hospital settings. At Harvard University, Gray co-designed, taught and introduced into the curriculum a new course on transdisciplinary research. Gray received his PhD in Sociology from the University of Toronto (2008). He holds an MA in Criminology from the Centre of Criminology and Socio-legal Studies at the University of Toronto and an Hon. BA double major in Criminology and Sociology at the University of Toronto.


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