Kinley Gillette (he, him, his)

PhD candidate
Department of Philosophy + STS
The University of British Columbia (UBC), Vancouver
xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam) Territory


I’m a PhD candidate in Philosophy, with a designated research specialization in Science and Technology Studies (STS), at the University of British Columbia (UBC), Vancouver, where I’m also a Graduate Fellow at the W. Maurice Young Centre for Applied Ethics. I also volunteer as a mentor for UBC’s REX Program.


I work at the intersection of the social epistemology of science and political theory — that is, political epistemology. In other words, I study the science-politics relationship.

More specifically, I use democratic theory to analyze (1) efforts to democratize science (e.g., participatory research practices), (2) strategies for non-experts to identify expertise (e.g., appeals to the quantification of scientific consensus), and (3) proposals for reconciling expert authority with democracy (e.g., “divisions of labour” between expert authorities and other decision-makers).

I also work on the philosophy of the environmental social sciences and, in particular, the integration of the social sciences with ecology (e.g., in social-ecological systems research).