Douglas Powell completed a B.Sc. (honors) in molecular
biology and genetics at the University of Guelph in 1985 and a
doctoral degree in the department of Food Science at the
University of Guelph in May 1996, applying risk-communication
theory to issues of food safety and agricultural biotechnology.
In August 1996, he began an appointment as Director of the
Science and Society project at the Universities of Guelph and
Waterloo and is currently an assistant professor in the
Department of Plant Agriculture at the University of Guelph.
Dr Powell is currently director of the five-year Agri-Food Risk
Management and Communication Project at Guelph, where he leads
a diverse research team that integrates scientific knowledge
with public perceptions to garner the benefits of a particular
agricultural technology or product while managing and
mitigating identified risks.