Koolen-Bourke, Dr Deidre
My current research interest is in examining the hegemonic processes that operate to insulate existing legal frameworks against reform and the processes by which legal meaning is constituted. The purpose in doing so is to inform action, since these issues have very practical implications for the animal rights movement. This research traverses a range of issues including: the impact of current economic models and neoliberal ideology on our legal frameworks, ideological underpinnings of the legal system, agency capture and conflict of interest in decision (and rule) making, and the operation of expert advisory groups on animal issues and input of science to policy. My work therefore crosses Critical Animal Studies, social movement theory, law reform and discourse analysis.