Crossley, Dr Émilie

JSPS Postdoctoral Fellow

Graduate School of International Media, Communication, and Tourism Studies, Hokkaido University
Research interests / activities

I am currently conducting a multi-sited multispecies ethnography of Ezo red foxes (Vulpes vulpes schrencki) involved in the tourism industry in Japan. This research aims to shed light on tourists’ desire for close, embodied encounters with wild animals who are perceived as being ‘cute’ and the exploitation that can occur as a result. An example of this is ‘fox hugs’ in which tourists pay to hold and have their photograph taken with a fox. Through a transdisciplinary approach, I aim to evoke vulpine experience and explore the possibilities for respectful encounters between humans and red foxes through tourism. More broadly, I have interests in multispecies flourishing, entangled empathy and animal personhood.


Crossley, É. (2021). ‘Naming Ezo red foxes in Japanese zoos: the ethics of constructing animal personhood’, paper presented at Reframing Anthrozoology as Symbiotic Ethics, University of Exeter, United Kingdom, 3–4 December 2021.

Crossley, É. (2020). Japanese animal tourism and the kawaii (cute) aesthetic. Scope: Contemporary Research Topics (Art & Design), 19, 65–71.

Crossley, É. (2020). Ecological grief generates desire for environmental healing in tourism after COVID-19. Tourism Geographies, 22(3), 536–546.