Academics spend a lot of time writing academic papers for academic audiences - specialized experts who seek to challenge and expand on what we know. But the kinds of questions academics ask also have important relevance for policy makers, community members and general audiences worldwide. We strive to share our research and engage with broad audiences through books, op-eds, media commentary, presentations, lectures, policy papers and blogs. Some of my recent work is below.
Dr. Garry Gray's article "Why Did Thalidomide's Makers Ignore Warnings About Their Drug?" was published as part of a thalidomide series by The Conversation (The Conversation is an international collaboration between editors and academics that provides informed news analysis and commentary that’s free to read and republish).
Global Corruption: Law, Theory and Practice by Gerry Ferguson has been created as part of the Anti-Corruption Academic Initiative supported by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime. This book is designed for professors teaching law school courses on global corruption. The complete book is available online under a creative commons license and can be used for free in whole or in part for non-commercial purposes. Dr. Gray has written a section within Chapter 1 entitled: "A Sociological Perspective on Institutional Corruption".
"...close examination of how scientists conduct research reveals that what we can know, depends not only on the scientist, but also on the structures and institutions that give scientists the means to pursue knowledge..."
"Canadian universities are counting more on corporate sponsors for funding, which is putting new pressures on academic freedom", writes Paul Haavardsrud. Haavarsrud spoke with Dr. Garry Gray about academic indepenence and has quoted him in this piece.
CBC Radio Calgary Interview:
"While the hockey code might help to explain what a player was thinking when he entered into a fight, there is no evidence that it actually improves safety in the way that proponents of the code hypothesize. Our growing knowledge of concussions is rendering the code increasingly problematic."
Thousands of people go missing every year in Canada - where do they go? And, how do we find them? At the request of CBC's The Fifth Estate, Dr. Garry Gray's criminology class (SOCI 306) re-traced the possible steps of Emma Fillipoff, who has been missing since Nov. 28 2012. The case has gone cold, so the Fifth Estate planned a documentary that could stir up attention among broader audiences in case someone, anyone, knows anything.
Crime Reporting: CTV Vancouver Island
Community Notifications of Sexual Offenders Interview:
Serial Arsonists Interview:
Garry Gray was interviewed for an article that appeared in Forensic Accounting & Fraud, a publication of The Bottom Line & Lawyers Weekly. The article focuses on a gender gap in high-level corporate fraud conspiracy networks.
"It appears that we observe another gender gap for women inside organizations - that they also lack access to corporate crime conspiracy networks in high level corporate financial schemes..."
Article begins on Page 40.
Blog: Insider Accounts of Institutional Corruption | Harvard University, Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics
"Becoming an insider seemed to be the ultimate strategy to examine the research questions I was asking..."