Australasian Animal Studies Association

Bergmann, Dr Iris


University of Sydney

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Iris is researching thoroughbred welfare models espoused by the thoroughbred industry and by animal protection advocates. The thoroughbred industry is treated as a case study to draw lessons for the further development and exploration of a theory of interspecies sustainability. This work is based at the University of Sydney and currently under examination (PhD) for completion in 2020. Iris has a background is in environmental cognition and capacity building for sustainability.


Bergmann, Iris M. 2020. Naturalness and the Legitimacy of Thoroughbred Racing: A Photo-Elicitation Study with Industry and Animal Advocacy Informants. Animals 10(9): 1513.

Bergmann, Iris M. 2019. Interspecies Sustainability to Ensure Animal Protection: Lessons from the Thoroughbred Racing Industry. Sustainability 11(19):5539.

Bergmann, Iris. 2019. He Loves to Race – or Does He? Ethics and Welfare in Racing. In Equine Cultures in Transition: Ethical Questions, 1st edition, edited by Jonna Bornemark, Petra Andersson and Ulla Ekström von Essen. Routledge Advances in Sociology. Milton Park, Abingdon, Oxon; New York, NY: Routledge, 117-133.

Bergmann, Iris 2015. Sustainability, thoroughbred racing and the need for change. Pferdeheilkunde 31(5), 490-498.

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