PhD Candidate

University of Canterbury

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Research interests / activities

Currently, Emily is researching for her PhD in Human-Animal Studies at the University of Canterbury in Christchurch, New Zealand (affiliated with the New Zealand Centre for Human-Animal Studies). Her research focuses on the framing of possums as 'pests' in Aotearoa New Zealand and considers the increased use of compassionate conservation principles in conservation messaging in effort to encourage empathy and alleviate the extreme suffering of possums.


One of the founders and content creators for the forthcoming International Jane Goodall Institute Global Campaign, "Embrace the Wild", a global habitat restoration programme for non-human species in urban spaces. Website to be updated once released (late 2020).

AASA 'Decolonizing Animals' 2019 Conference Presentation:
"Milked to Death: How Planned Obsolescence (De)Values Animal Bodies and Their Right to Life at Canadian Dairy Farms".

Tutoring at the University of Canterbury for the Human Services & Social Work undergraduate course: "HSRV 103: Violence in Society" (2019-Present).

AASA Committee Member, Postgraduate Representative (2019-Present).

Global Looking Glass Magazine Article Contributor (2012-2014). Articles available here:

Reading group
Beast Folk