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Bristol student wins essay competition

11 March 2014

Bristol doctoral student wins first prize in essay competition

Carmody Grey has won first prize in the prestigious Uses and Abuses of Biology Essay Competition, awarded by the Faraday Institute at the University of Cambridge.  Carmody was awarded the prize of £1000 for an outstanding essay entitled 'How is contemporary biology used for ideological purposes?'  Carmody's essay examined the politics of ecology, looking at both the political use of ecological sciences, and the presence of covert ideological agendas within ecology itself.

Carmody Grey studied theology and philosophy at the Universities of Oxford, Cambridge and Nottingham.  She also has a degree in biodiversity and ecosystems from the University of Edinburgh.  After a period as Head of Philosophy, Religion and Ethics at Bedales School in Hampshire, she is now a doctoral student at the University of Bristol under the supervision of Professor Gavin D'Costa.  Her research brings theology into conversation with philosophy of biology, looking particularly at debates concerning mechanism, reductionism and vitalism.

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