Julie Bull (NunatuKavut Inuk) is an award-wining interdisciplinary researcher, ethicist, educator, and poet from Happy-Valley-Goose Bay, Newfoundland and Labrador. As a philosopher with a specialization in ethics and policy, Julie consults with communities, researchers, Research Ethics Boards (REBs), educators, and policy makers to identify and implement emerging, promising, and wise practices in research ethics and engagement with Indigenous Peoples. She is currently based on Prince Edward Island where she leads an Independent Consulting Business (projX) working with NGOs, universities, and research institutes. She is also an adjunct professor in the Division of Community Health and Humanities in the Faculty of Medicine at Memorial University of Newfoundland.
Dr. Bull’s research interests and activities are diverse, but she is most known for her research on research ethics. She has been leading community-based and academic-based research for more than 15 years and is highly sought for her pragmatic and collaborative approach to research ethics policy, research governance, and Indigenous data sovereignty. She has served on numerous boards such as the NunatuKavut Community Council Research Advisory Committee and the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) REB. In 2007, Julie received the Scientific Director’s Award of Excellence from the CIHR-Institute of Aboriginal (now Indigenous) Peoples’ Health. She was named a Vanier Scholar in 2010 and received the Ontario Ministry of Education Emerging Scholar Change Maker Award in 2018 for her work on research/review with Indigenous Peoples in Canada. Her doctoral dissertation, “Relational and reflexive research: Peoples, policies, and priorities at play in ethically approving research with Indigenous Peoples” received the University of New Brunswick Dean’s Medal of Merit in 2019.
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