Lindsay Balfour


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    PhD projects

    Digital hospitality; FemTech and digital health; digital memory; Feminist Science and Technology Studies; embodied computing and posthumanism

    Willing to speak to media

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    Research Interests

    My current work engages the feminine technologies (FemTech) industry to research, consult, and promote a safe, inclusive, and data secure women's health ecosystem. This work offers wider benefits concerning the global health of women, such as those outlined in the UN Sustainable Development Goals regarding Women and Girls, and in particular targets focusing on sexual and reproductive health. Recent projects include: advocating for the inclusion of digital gendered harms (including digital health) within the UK Online Safety Bill; reproductive justice and data surveillance in a post Roe v. Wade world; and co-building digital literacy toolkits to combat technologically-enabled gender-based violence and digital reproductive coercion.

    Alongside this work, I have an enduring interest in the philosophy of hospitality and what it means to welcome strangers in an increasingly volatile world. I actively publish in this area including two monographs, Hospitality in a Time of Terror (2017) and The Digital Future of Hospitality (2023).

    I am an experienced teacher, researcher, public speaker, and author with international experience in the non-profit sector and formal academia and am available to speak, consult, or supervise PhD projects on any of the above topics. I have held grants from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, among others. I am service oriented, passionate about people, and motivated by bringing together formal academic tools with technology, industry, and social justice. I hold a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) from the University of British Columbia.

    Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

    In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

    • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
    • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
    • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
    • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

    Education/Academic qualification

    Cultural Studies, Doctorate, Hospitality in a Time of Terror, University of British Columbia

    Award Date: 15 Jul 2015


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