Rachel A. Ankeny

Professor Rachel A. Ankeny

Chief Investigator, ARC Training Centre for Future Crops Development

Professor, Departments of History and Philosophy, University of Adelaide

Rachel A. Ankeny

Areas of Research Interest –

Responsible Research Innovation, Public Engagement in Science, Agricultural and Food Ethics.

Expertise & Skills –

Theoretical and conceptual analysis, qualitative empirical social science research, food policy.

5 Key Research Papers –

• Buddle, E. A., Bray, H. J., & Ankeny, R. A. (2021). “Of course we care!“: a qualitative exploration of Australian livestock producers’ understandings of farm animal welfare issues. Journal of Rural Studies, 83, 50-59.
• Ankeny, R. (2018). From food consumers to food citizens: reconceptualising environmentally-conscious food decision-making. In E. Gilson, & S. Kenehan (Eds.), Food, environment, and climate change: justice at the intersections (pp. 267-280). London, United Kingdom: Rowman & Littlefield International.
• Ankeny, R. A., Bray, H. J., & McKinley, K. A. (2018). Collaborating with the enemy? A view from Down Under on GM research partnerships. In H. S. J. James (Ed.), Ethical tensions from new technology: the case of agricultural biotechnology (pp. 53-69). Oxfordshire, England: CABI.
• Bray, H., & Ankeny, R. (2017). Not just about “the science”: science education and attitudes to genetically modified foods among women in Australia. New Genetics and Society, 36(1), 1-21.
• Ankeny, R.A. (2016). Inviting Everyone to the Table: Strategies for More Effective and Legitimate Food Policy via Deliberative Approaches. Journal of Social Philosophy, 47, 10-24.

Available Research Projects –

• Responsible research innovation frameworks for use in innovative crop technologies.
• Deliberative approaches to policymaking associated with innovative crop technologies.


The ARC Training Centre for Accelerated Future Crops Development is funded by the Australian Research Council under its Industrial Transformation Training Hubs Program to run from 2022 to 2027.

It is a collaboration of universities, government research agencies and the Australian grains sector’s key stakeholders in training, R&D, social engagement, responsible innovation, breeding, marketing and delivery.

It also has international partners in gene-editing, SynBio, crop breeding, and, other partnerships for co-developing deep technologies to transform the agriculture industry and global food security.