Bergmann, Dr Iris
Iris is currently completing her doctoral research entitled “The Future for Horses in Thoroughbred Racing and the Sustainability of Welfare Concepts”, based at the University of Sydney. The purpose of her research is to study the welfare conceptions held by participants of the internationally thoroughbred racing industry, and compare those to those held by representatives of animal protection organisations. It aims to find out to what degree these conceptions are sustainable, what probable, possible and preferable futures of thoroughbred welfare might look like and what that might mean for the future of thoroughbreds and thoroughbred racing. Iris has a background in capacity building for sustainability with past projects based in Australia and various countries throughout Asia. Prior to moving to the University of Sydney, Iris was a research fellow at RMIT University. During that time, she was recipient of the Voiceless Factory Farming Grant 2008.
One of Iris’ passions is the use of visual methods in exploring people’s beliefs, attitudes and perceptions. She is also engaged in visual practice myself mainly using photography. While living in Northern New South Wales, Iris was active in Wildlife rehabilitation for six years and supported WIRES as inaugural chairperson of their Northern Rivers Branch 2004-2006.