Researcher

Dr N.A.J. Taylor

My Expertise

My current project is sponsored by The University of Queensland’s 2020 Fryer Memorial Library for Australian Literature Fellowship, and (re)constructs Richard Routley/Sylvan’s Antipodean nuclear ethics and politics through archival research. My next project approaches Australia’s nuclear fuel cycle as future cultural and environmental heritage, and is sponsored by the Killam Trusts and The University of British Columbia [2020-22], where I am an incoming Killam Postdoctoral Research Fellow [2020-22].


My Research Activities

Taylor’s projects have drawn more than $750,000 of external competitive grants and fellowships in North America, Europe, and Oceania, including the federal governments of both Australia and the United Kingdom, among others. For instance, the Archive of Nuclear Harm which he directed between 2012 and 2018 was a contributing project to two major initiatives—Alphaville’s Nuclear Futures and Linköping’s Seed...view more


My Research Activities

Taylor’s projects have drawn more than $750,000 of external competitive grants and fellowships in North America, Europe, and Oceania, including the federal governments of both Australia and the United Kingdom, among others. For instance, the Archive of Nuclear Harm which he directed between 2012 and 2018 was a contributing project to two major initiatives—Alphaville’s Nuclear Futures and Linköping’s Seed Box—sponsored by the peak Arts and Sciences bodies in Australia and Sweden, respectively. Earlier, the late vice-president of the International Court of Justice Judge Christopher Weeramantry wrote that the Athens Dialogue that he co-convened in 2012 was “outstanding” and “a significant step” that makes “a substantial contribution” to our understanding of the constraints and opportunities for comprehensive nuclear disarmament and nonproliferation. Prior to 2012, Taylor spent a decade advising billion-dollar pension and sovereign wealth funds on the ethics of transboundary environmental and social harm. In 2007 Australia’s university pension fund awarded him the inaugural prize for sustainable and ethical investment research where the panel of judges noted Taylor’s “pioneering role” which “may have single-handedly debunked any residual concerns [...] and could fundamentally change how [legislators and trustees] now tackle this subject”. He was also a founding member of the United Nations Global Compact Expert Group on Responsible Business and Investment in Conflict-Affected and High-Risk Areas, for whom he co-authored the first applied report in 2010. 

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