Australasian Animal Studies Association

Chen, Dr Peter

Senior Lecturer

University of Sydney

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Peter Chen teaches media politics, public policy and Australian politics at the undergraduate and postgraduate levels. His research interests focus on the relationship between media and politics: with a special interest in new media's impacts on electoral politics, media regulation, social movements, and the politics of animal protection.

Peter has been working on a policy "domain" study of the practices and process of policy making in Australia associated with animal protection and welfare since 2012.  This research, involving a mixed methods approach to examining the policy making space and relations involving a wide array of actors, was published by Sydney University Press as Animal Welfare in Australia: Politics and Policy in October 2016.


Chen, O'Sullivan and Pyke (2023) 'Hybrid governance and welfare standards for broiler chickens raised for human consumption', Australian Journal of Public Administration, 1-24.

Chen, Peter John (2020) ‘It’s the Outline of a Pig and then it has the Words Underneath, “Vegan for Life”’: Vegans and their Tattoos. Animal studies journal 9(2).

Chen, P. (2017). Animal welfare officers in Australian higher education: 3R application, work contexts, and risk perception. Laboratory Animals, 51(6), 636-646.

Chen, P. (2016). Animal Welfare in Australia: Politics and Policy. Sydney: Sydney University Press.

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