Australasian Animal Studies Association

Narayanan, Dr Yamini

Senior Lecturer in International and Community Development

Deakin University

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Research interests / activities

My research has two key foci: (1) the ways in which animals are enmeshed in nation-building narratives and the implications therein for those animals, and (2) planning protocols for species-inclusive, biodiverse cities. My research currently focuses on India's cow protection politics discourse, and the implications therein for the cows, and the broader animal advocacy movement in India.

My book Religion, Heritage and the Sustainable City: Hinduism and Urbanisation in Jaipur (Routledge) was published in 2015, and edited volume Religion and Urbanism: Reconceptualising Sustainable Cities in South Asia (Routledge) was published in 2016.


Narayanan, Y. 2017. The politics behind India's ban on the sale of slaughter cattle [30th May]. In The World, Australian Broadcasting Corporation. Melbourne. Narayanan, Y. (2017). Dairy, Death and Dharma: The devastation of cow protectionism in India. Animal Liberation Currents. Retrieved 19th June, 2017, from . Narayanan, Yamini. 2017. Street dogs at the intersection of colonialism and informality: ‘subaltern animism’ as a posthuman critique of Indian cities. Environment and Planning D: Society and Space. 35 (3), 475-494. Narayanan, Yamini. 2016. Where are the animals in sustainable development? The case for ethical stewardship in animal husbandry. Sustainable Development 26 (3), 172-180.

Potential areas for research supervision
Animals and urban planning; Animals and politics; Animals and religion; Animals and society