Fraser, A/Prof Heather

Course Coordinator of Master of Social Work Program

Queensland University of Technology

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Heather Fraser is an Associate Professor in Social Work at Queensland University of Technology, a career that has spanned three decades. Ten years ago, after an expose on live export, Heather’s social work expanded to include animals, and since then she has partnered with Nik Taylor (UC, NZ) in many research projects, including the forthcoming book, Queer Entanglements. Intersections of Gender, Sexuality & Animal Companionship. Cambridge University Press (Riggs, Taylor, Fraser, & Rosenberg). Heather identifies as an intersectional vegan feminist and is a senior fellow for Sentient Media.


Riggs, D.W., Taylor, N., Fraser, H. & Rosenberg, S. (In process). Queer Entanglements. Intersections of Gender, Sexuality & Animal Companionship. Cambridge University Press.

Taylor, N. & Fraser, H. (2019). Companion animals and domestic violence: Rescuing me, rescuing you. London: Palgrave.

Fraser, H. & Seymour, K. (2017). Understanding Violence and Abuse, An Anti-Oppressive Practice Perspective. Winnipeg: Fernwood Press. [Release date Sept/Oct 2017].

Fraser, H. & Taylor, N. (2016). Neoliberalization, Universities and the Public Intellectual: Species, Gender and Class and the Production of Knowledge, London: Palgrave..

Book chapters

Taylor, N. & Fraser, H. (In press). Doing feminist, multispecies research about love and abuse from within the neoliberalised academy. In D. Mulligan & P. Danaher (Eds). Researchers at Risk: Precarity, Jeopardy and Uncertainty in Academia. London, Palgrave.

Fraser, H. & Taylor, N. (In press). Animals as Domestic Violence Victims: A Challenge to Humanist Social Work. (Eds) Bozalek, V. & Pease, B. Post-Anthropocentric Social Work: Critical Posthumanism, New Materialisms and Affect Theory. Routledge.

Fraser, H. & Taylor, N. (2020). Eco-feminist & critical animal studies’ insights about social change: species, gender & class. Morley, C., Ablett, P. & Noble, C. (Eds). Educating for Social Change: Critical and Transformative Pedagogies for Social Work. Ch 21. Cambridge University Press.

Taylor, N. & Fraser, H. (In press). Who let the dogs out: power, politics and presentation studying relationships with animals. For Methods in human-animal studies, Eds Colombino, A. & Steinkruger, J.E., London, Routledge.

Fraser, H. & Taylor, N. (2019). Women, Anxiety & Companion Animals: Towards and Intersectional Feminist Understanding of Interspecies Alliances of Care and Solidarity. Eds Gruen, L & Probyn-Rapsey, F. Animaladies: Gender, animals and madness. Bloomsbury Publishing.

Fraser, H. & Jarldorn, M. (2018). Helping alliances with Stigmatised, Impoverished Women in Neoliberal South Australia. (Ch 1, 11-32) Lotko. M. (Ed). Social Work Case Analysis: Global Perspective. Riga, Latvia: Riga Stradins University.

Fraser, H., Taylor, N. & Morley, C. (2017). Social work and interspecies care: an intersectional perspective on ethics, principles and practices. (Ed) Pease, B. The Politics of Caring: Towards a Critical Ethic of Care in Social Work. London, Routledge.

Taylor, N. & Fraser, H. (2019). Neoliberalism, the academy and critical animal-studies educators: “The things we choose to teach are political decisions. So, embrace that”. (Ed) Trzak, A. Animal Liberation and Critical Pedagogy. New York. Lantern Books, pp.121-136.

Michell, D. & Fraser, H. (2017). Using Feminist Memory Work with working-class women trying to complete social science degrees. (Ed) Gill, M. Sage Research Methods Cases. London, Sage.

Taylor, N. & Fraser, H. (2017). Condoned Animal Abuse in the Slaughterhouse: The Language of Life, the Discourse of Death. (179-199). (Eds) Maher, J., Pierpoint, H., Beirne, P. (Eds.) International Handbook on Animal Abuse Studies. London, Palgrave.

Refereed articles.

Fraser, H., Taylor, N. & Riggs, D.W. (In press). A case for pet-inclusive domestic violence service provision: an intersectional feminist perspective. For Aotearoa New Zealand Social Work Journal.

Rosenberg, S., Riggs, D.W., Taylor, N. & Fraser, H. (In press) Violence and Abuse Experienced by Trans and Non-Binary People and Their Animal Companions: An Australian Study. Journal of Sociology.

Fraser, H., Bartholomaeus, C., Riggs, DW., Taylor, N. & Rosenberg, S. (2019). Service provider recognition of trans and cisgender women of sexualities, and the significance of animal companionship. Culture, Health & Sexuality. Online first

Taylor, N., Riggs, D.W., Donovan, C. & Fraser, H., (2018). People of Diverse Genders and/or Sexualities Caring for and Protecting Animal Companions in the Context of Domestic Violence. Violence Against Women.

Wendt, S. & Fraser, H.(2019) Promoting gender responsive support for women inmates: a case study from inside a prison. International Journal of Prisoner Health. 15(2), pp. 126-137.

Riggs, D.W., Taylor, N., Signal, T., Fraser, H. & Donovan, C. (2018). People of diverse genders and sexualities domestic violence and animal companions: An international study. Journal of Family Issues.

Taylor, N. & Fraser, H. (2018). Resisting sexism and speciesism in the social sciences: Using feminist, species-inclusive, visual methods to value the work of women and (other) animals. Gender, Work & Organisation, 1-15.

Riggs, D.W, Taylor, N., Fraser, H., Donovan, C. & Signal, T. (2018). The Link Between Domestic Violence and Abuse and Animal Cruelty in the Intimate Relationships of People of Diverse Genders and/or Sexualities: A Binational Study. Journal of Interpersonal Violence.
Fraser, H., Taylor, N., Signal, T. (2017) Young people, interspecies empathy and social work: reflections from an RSPCA (Victoria) Education Program. Aotearoa/New Zealand Social Work Journal
Taylor, N., Fraser, H. & Riggs, D.W. (2017). Domestic violence and companion animals in the context of LGBT people’s relationships, Sexualities Journal.
Fraser, H. & Taylor, N. (2017). In good company: Women, companion animals and social work. Society & Animals Journal. (25)4,
Michell, D., Beddoe, E., Fraser, H. & Jarldorn, M. (2016). Solidarity and support: Feminist memory work focus groups with working-class women studying social science degrees in Australia. International Journal of Qualitative Studies in Education. 30(2), 175-189.
Fraser, H. Michell, D., Beddoe, E. & Jarldorn, M. (2016). Working-class women study social science degrees: remembering enablers and detractors. Higher Education, Research & Development Journal. 35(4), 684-697.

Riggs, D.W., Fraser, H., Taylor, N., Signal, T. & Donovan, C.(2016). Domestic violence service providers’ capacity for supporting transgender women: Findings from an Australian workshop. British Journal of Social Work, 46(8): 2374-2392.
Fraser, H. & McDougall, C. (2016). Doing narrative feminist research: intersections and challenges. Qualitative Social Work Journal, 16(2), 240-254.