Australasian Animal Studies Association

O’Sullivan, Victoria

Victoria O'Sullivan

PhD candidate

The University of Auckland
Research interests / activities

I am a doctoral candidate in the School of Critical Studies, Faculty of Education and Social Work, University of Auckland. Prior to focusing full-time on my PhD, I was a lecturer in secondary teacher education at Auckland University of Technology, where I taught philosophy of education. I am also an experienced Secondary teacher, having taught visual art for many years. Moved (in the sense of being affected and propelled into action; made mobile) by the slow, but also increasingly accelerated violence of the Anthropocene (as materialised by events like the 2019-2020 Australian bushfires, the Covid-19 pandemic and the Gulf Livestock 1 multi-species tragedy), my research explores ethical ways to think with/in the world at this moment in time.


O’Sullivan, V. (2022). The sustainability consultation. Postdigital Science and Education.

O’Sullivan, V. (2021). A project of mourning: Attuning to the impact of ‘anthropocentric-noise disorder’ on non-human kin. In A. MacKenzie, J. Rose, & I. Bhatt (Eds.), The epistemology of deceit in a postdigital era: Dupery by design (pp. 119–136). Springer Nature.

O’Sullivan, V. (2021). Vibrant matter’s fitness for death: The scandal of bobby calves in New Zealand’s farming industry. Knowledge Cultures, 9(2), 59–116.

O’Sullivan, V. (2020). Non-human animal trauma during the pandemic. Postdigital Science and Education, 588–596.

O’Sullivan, V. (2020). On the educative potential of reservoir bats: Practices of response-ability for the Chthulucene. Knowledge Cultures, 8(2), 16–22.

O’Sullivan, V. (2020). Violence, milk and pedagogy? Re-thinking relationships between non-
human animals and schools. Animals in Society blog.