I am a PhD student in Human-Animal Studies at the University of Canterbury in Christchurch, New Zealand. I am in my third year of study where I am exploring how the brushtail possum is framed as a ‘pest’ in New Zealand, using a two-pronged approach: 1) identifying dominant possum-as-‘pest’ narratives and 2) revealing ‘alternative’ narratives through interviews and questionnaires. My research aim is to consider solutions, rooted in compassionate conservation, that could alleviate suffering and cruelty against the possum and evolve New Zealand’s conservation education messaging to include compassion & empathy.
I started a research activism blog, Framing Speciesism, which seeks to raise awareness about my research.
Val Plumwood Memorial Lecture
The 2022 lecture is provided by Dr Richard Twine, Reader in Social Sciences and Co-Director of the Centre for Human Animal Studies (CfHAS) at Edge Hill University. Talk title - 'Val Plumwood’s contribution to intersectional veganism and why the use of the term ‘intersectionality’ need not be seen as appropriation'