Dr N.A.J. Taylor

Visiting Fellow
School of Humanities and Social Sciences

N.A.J. Taylor is a Killam Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the School of Public Policy and Global Affairs at The University of British Columbia [2020-22], and an Australian Defence Force Academy Visiting Fellow at The University of New South Wales [2020-23]. 

His current research project approaches the Australian nuclear fuel cycle as future cultural and environmental heritage. The project establishes international best practice in “marking” deep geological nuclear waste repositories so as to inform Australian policy and practice. Conversely, one of the key contributions of the project is to argue that there is also a distinctly Australian approach to nuclear heritage.  Australia is a critical site for understanding nuclear heritage internationally because it is both home to the world’s oldest continuous cultures as well as one third of all known uranium. 

Taylor’s projects have drawn more than $500,000 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.