Michael D. Mehta

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Michael Mehta

Michael D. Mehta (born 1965 in Halifax, Nova Scotia) is an environmental social scientist who specializes in science, technology and society with a focus on environmental and [[health]


He holds a B.A. in psychology, a masters of environmental studies, and a Ph.D. in environmental sociology all from York University. He did a Post-Doctoral Fellowship in Environmental Policy at Queen's University.[which?] Mehta attended De La Salle College (Oaklands) for high school.


Mehta taught at the University of Saskatchewan in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan where he was Chair of the Sociology of Biotechnology Program, Director of the Social Research Unit, and Professor of Sociology.[citation needed]

After, he was the Executive Director of the Population Research Laboratory at the University of Alberta.[1]

Mehta was Professor of Environmental Studies at the University of Winnipeg, and was the founding Principal of Richardson College for the Environment.citation needed While Principal, Mehta worked on developing key academic and community programs in the areas of Forest Ecology, Urban Ecology, The Global North, Water Resources and Environment & Health.[2]Mehta never stayed long enough to see the opening of the state of the art facility.

Mehta is a professor of geography and environmental studies at Thompson Rivers University in Kamloops, British Columbia, Canada.[3] In 2010 he became dean of the Faculty of Arts at Thompson Rivers University.


Mehta has authored or edited five books and more than 60 peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters. His books include Biotechnology Unglued – Science, Society and Social Cohesion; Risky Business: Nuclear Power and Public Protest in Canada and Nanotechnology – Risk, Ethics and Law (co-authored with Geoffrey Hunt).

He has received the award Chief Scientist Distinguished Lecturer for Outstanding Contributions in the Field of Science, Technology, Advancement of Science, Health Canada (2007), The Saskatchewan Centennial Medal (2006),of which there were approximately 4200 Saskatchewan Centennial medals handed out in 2005 and 2006 and Agriculture Genomics Award, Genome Canada (2003).

Published works[edit]

  • Nanotechnology: Risk, Ethics and Law
  • Biotechnology Unglued: Science, Society and Social Cohesion
  • Risky Business: Nuclear Power and Public Protest in Canada
  • Regulatory Efficiency and the Role of Risk Assessment
  • Environmental Sociology: Theory and Practice


  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2013-02-03. Retrieved 2012-11-20.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  2. ^ http://news-centre.uwinnipeg.ca/all-posts/uwinnipeg-names-first-principal-of-richardson-college-for-the-environment/
  3. ^ http://kamino.tru.ca/experts/home/main/bio.html?id=mmehta

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