I received my Ph.D ‘Human-Animal Relations: A Sociological Respecification’, from Manchester Metropolitan University in 1999. Since then I have researched issues such as links between human and animal directed violence, and humane education and animal assisted therapy. I am currently an Associate Professor in Sociology at Flinders University of South Australia. My area of research is broadly Animal Studies, or the Sociology of Human-Animal Relations.
I came to Animal Studies following years of volunteer work in animal shelters in the UK and while my research is into specific areas (see ‘Research’ for more info) of human-animal relations, I am passionate about all things furry, feathered and scaled.
I have worked at Universities in the UK (Manchester Metropolitan University, the University of Salford, University of Edinburgh, and Oxford University) and Australia (CQUniversity and, currently, Flinders) where I have pursued my interests in Sociology and human-animal relations.
I am also involved in grass roots work for animals, for example, in consulting with DVConnect Qld over the establishment of a pet foster service for women and children entering refuges, and in the development of an interactive DVD addressing childhood cruelty to animals. This DVD, called ‘Happy Animals’, is now in use by various not for profit organisations throughout Australia.
I am co-convener of the Flinders Animals in Society Working Group, more info here.
Sociology, School of Social and Policy Studies
Flinders University of South Australia
GPO Box 2100
Tel: 0061 8 8201 2491