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    Paula is a Leverhulme ECR Fellow located within the Centre for Human Animal Studies at Edge Hill University.

    Her three-year project ‘The visual consumption of animals: challenging persistent binaries’ aims to support transformational change in the way humans conceive and interact with nature. Focusing on zoos, racecourses (horses and greyhounds), and agricultural or county shows as sites where such visual consumption is routinized, the project will use qualitative research methods to:

    1. Examine the mechanisms by which the constitution of othered ‘natures’ as resources for visual consumption is normalised and made mundane, and
    2. Challenge human-nature binaries in ways that are still largely non-existent in non-/post-/more-than-human conceptions and evaluations of associated relations.

    Paula has an interdisciplinary background, encompassing both quantitative and qualitative approaches and methods, and is interested in how both societal change and stability are constituted. Understanding how to challenge habitual ways of thinking and acting about nonhuman animals are a central focus of her research.

    Education/Academic qualification

    Sociology, PhD, RMIT University

    5 Mar 201315 Oct 2018

    Award Date: 15 Oct 2018

    Environmental Science, MA, Monash University

    Jun 2002Feb 2005

    Award Date: 13 Oct 2005

    Geography and Environmental Science, MA, University of Edinburgh


    Award Date: 12 Jul 1990

    Geography and Environmental Science, BA, University of Edinburgh


    Award Date: 4 Sep 1989

    Other positions

    Research Officer, RMIT University

    Jul 2018Oct 2019

    Casual Research Assistant, RMIT University

    Mar 2013Jun 2018

    Researcher, RMIT University

    Nov 2009Mar 2013

    Campaign and Project Manager, ICLEI Oceania

    Nov 2005Jul 2009

    Casual Research Assistant, Monash University

    Mar 2002Oct 2005

    Jewellery designer and silversmith, Curtis Jewellers

    Apr 2001Feb 2002

    Voluntary Research Assistant (Climate Modelling), CSIRO

    Jan 2001Mar 2001


    • H Social Sciences
    • Animals
    • Critical Animal Studies
    • Social practice theories
    • Consumption
    • Cultural Studies
    • Foucault
    • Critical theory
    • Discourse analysis
    • G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation
    • Human geography
    • Climate change
    • Environmental science
    • Sustainability

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    Research Output

    COVID-19 shows why we need to ‘cease and desist’ from commodifying animals

    ARCARI, PAULA., 11 Apr 2020, Medium, Age of Awareness.

    Research output: Other contribution

  • 17 Downloads (Pure)

    Where Species Don't Meet: Invisibilised animals, urban nature and city limits

    ARCARI, PAULA., Probyn-Rapsey, F. & Singer, H., 7 Jul 2020, In : Environment and Planning E: Nature and Space. EPE-20-034.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
  • 26 Downloads (Pure)

    Book Review: Media and Food Industries: The New Politics of Food

    ARCARI, PAULA., 1 Jan 2019, In : Media Industries. 6, 1, p. 165-172 8 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalReview article

  • 131 Downloads (Pure)

    Engaging households towards the Future Grid: An Engagement Strategy for the Energy Sector

    Strengers, Y., NIcholls, L., Glover, A., ARCARI, PAULA. & Martin, R., Jul 2019, Melbourne: Centre for Urban Research, RMIT University, Melbourne. 64 p.

    Research output: Book/ReportProject report

  • Projects

    Future Grid Homes

    Strengers, Y., Nicholls, L., Glover, A., ARCARI, P. & Martin, R.


    Project: Consultancy

    Living change: Adaptive housing responses to climate change in the town camps of Alice Springs

    Horne, R., Martel, A., ARCARI, P., Foster, D. & McCormack, A.


    Project: Research

    Resilient Urban Systems: a socio-technical study of community scale climate change adaptation initiatives

    Horne, R., Strengers, Y., Ryan, C., ARCARI, P., Maller, C., Biggs, C., Ahmed, I. & Setunge, S.


    Project: Research


    • 11 Oral presentation
    • 5 Membership of network
    • 1 Invited talk

    Nonhuman ‘entanglements’ in lands and lifestyles of entitlement

    PAULA ARCARI (Speaker)

    12 Oct 2018

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation

    Human/nonhuman dis-entanglements for care-full more-than-human cities

    PAULA ARCARI (Speaker)

    15 Jun 2018

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation

    Animals and Burning issues in Australian politics - Discussion panel

    PAULA ARCARI (Speaker)

    12 Oct 2018

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation

    Animals & Society Institute (External organisation)

    PAULA ARCARI (Member)

    2018 → …

    Activity: Membership typesMembership of network


  • CHI 2019 Best Paper Award

    Yolande Strenger (Recipient), Jenny Kennedy (Recipient), ARCARI, PAULA (Recipient), Larissa Nicholls (Recipient) & Melissa Greg (Recipient), 2019

    Prize: Other distinction