I am a PhD candidate at the University of Canterbury in the Human-Animal Studies department, working under the supervision of Dr. Philip Armstrong and Dr. Annie Potts. My research interests include multi-species ethnography and an interdisciplinary exploration into the biographies of animas as a strategy for increasing empathic connection between humans and other animal species. I am examining the efficaciousness of ‘individuation’ in affecting change in human behaviour and an increased motivation to become involved in environmental and animal protection issues. It is through biography that I hope to re-frame individual animals as the subjects of their own lives, and critically examine this strategy as a means of eliciting engagement with animal activism and fostering a greater empathic consideration for other animal species.
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