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    Professor Claire Parkinson is Co-Director of the Centre for Human Animal Studies and Associate Head of the English and Creative Arts department. She has held academic posts at Liverpool John Moores University, Liverpool Hope University and University of Brighton. She joined Edge Hill University as a professor in 2012. She established the Centre for Human Animal Studies (CfHAS) in 2014. Claire's publications include the monographs Popular Media and Animals (2011) and Animals, Anthropomorphism and Mediated Encounters (2020) and the co-edited collection Beyond Human: from animality to transhumanism (2012).

    She writes about culture, communication, and social and cultural history. Her main research interests focus primarily on socio-cultural and political-economic aspects of animal/human relationships. She is interested in how social norms, economics, politics, and cultural texts shape ideas and values and impact the lives and experiences of humans and animals.

    As a PI, her recent work has included two AHRC-funded projects on multispecies methodologies and landscape, and QR-SPF-funded research on public perceptions of dangerous dogs. She has also led funded research projects on public responses to pro-vegan messaging, and worked on the multi-council funded UK National Ecosystem Assessment: shared, plural and cultural values of ecosystems.

    Research interests

    Critical Animal Studies/ Human Animal Studies

    Multispecies methodologies

    Cultural and social history, economics, and politics

    Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

    In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

    • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
    • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

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    Research Institutes

    • Institute for Creative Enterprise

    Research Centres

    • Centre for Human Animal Studies
    • Centre for Social Responsibility

    Research Groups

    • Culture Power and Inclusion Research Group
    • Television Studies Research Group
    • Practice Research Group


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