Prospective PhD students

I am available to supervise PhD students at the Department of Social Sciences and the Centre for Human/Animal Studies at Edge Hill University  in the following areas:

- Sociological approaches to understanding climate change, especially in relation to food practices, gender and/or childhood. I would also be very interested in supervising work in relation to the concept of the Capitalocene.

Gender studies - broadly construed, but especially environmental dimensions (ecofeminism), and projects related to a critical/feminist focus on (eco)masculinities. Also gendered dimensions of bodily aesthetics e.g. intersections of the sociology of the body and gender studies.

- Critical Animal Studies e.g. sociology of human/animal relations, especially the political economy of the animal agri industries, examinations of the animal-industrial complex and the sociology of veganism. I am also interested in environmental education, climate and animals ethics education for children.

Completed PhD students

  • Carmel Nolan 'Xenotransplantation ‘Politics’ from the Perspective of Lay Publics in Ireland’ (Lancaster University, 2012)
  • Donelle Gadenne 'Veganism and the Veterinary Profession: An Incongruous Union? The Experiences of Vegan Veterinary Professionals Working in Small Animal Veterinary Practice in England' (Edge Hill University 2018-2021)  DoS

Current PhD students

  • Abi Masefield 'FEEDing the World and the Right to not be Food' (Edge Hill University, 2016 - p-t) DoS
  • Katherine Jones 'Transition to a Vegan diet: motives and challenges to achieving a healthful diet' (Edge Hill University, 2021-) 2nd Supervisor
  • Kerri Waters 'Agriculture Beyond the Animal: Justice in a contested and changing landscape' (Edge Hill University, 2021-) DoS
  • Cameron Dunnett 'Vegan Men, Activism, and Ecomasculinities: Possibilities for masculine transformation among vegan activists' (Edge Hill University 2022-) DoS

I also supervise Masters and Undergraduate students. If you're thinking about a Masters we have a MRes degree and again I can supervise in any of the topics above. At undergradute level I supervise more general topics and often those that reflect the interests of our students. During the 2020-2021 academic year I supervised dissertations on veganism at PhD, Masters and Undergraduate level - probably the first time a UK academic (or anywhere perhaps) to have had that privilege.

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