Ralph, Dr Iris M.

Packing death in Australian literature: Ecocides and eco-sides
Independent Scholar
Research interests / activities:

Iris is interested in advancing the notion of interspecies sustainability, and in researching practices in the thoroughbred industry. She has completed a PhD at the University of Sydney studying the intersection of these two areas of interest. Iris has a background in environmental education and capacity building for sustainability. She now works as independent scholar.


Bergmann, Iris M. 2021. The Intersection of Animals and Global Sustainability—A Critical Studies Terrain for Better Policies? Proceedings 73(1):13. https://doi.org/10.3390/IECA2020-08895

Bergmann, Iris M. 2020. Towards Interspecies Sustainability: The Future for Thoroughbreds and Thoroughbred Racing. PhD Thesis, The University of Sydney. https://hdl.handle.net/2123/25439

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. https://doi.org/10.3390/ani10091513

Bergmann, Iris M. 2019. Interspecies Sustainability to Ensure Animal Protection: Lessons from the Thoroughbred Racing Industry. Sustainability 11(19):5539. https://www.mdpi.com/2071-1050/11/19/5539/htm

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. https://bit.ly/2r5SpaF

Bergmann, Iris 2015. Sustainability, thoroughbred racing and the need for change. Pferdeheilkunde (Equine Medicine) 31(5), 490-498. https://bit.ly/2Y8naYx

More publications at http://irisbergmann.com/publications/

Potential areas for research supervision:
animal studies, ecocriticism, posthumanism, plant studies, Australian literature, U.S.-American literature, and literature from the U.K. and Ireland