Human–Animal Studies is one of the most rapidly growing international fields of research and scholarship. The Kingston group brings together sociologists, criminologists and other researchers, including colleagues from other university institutions, all of whom have an existing and developing interest and expertise in the field. Members of the group have a reputation for delivering high quality, internationally recognised research and publications. Our work aims to examine, understand, and evaluate critically the myriad of complex and multi-dimensional relationships between humans and nonhuman animals (whether they are real or virtual, historical or contemporary, factual or fictional, beneficial or detrimental). The group seeks to enhance the consideration of ecology and the fundamental interconnectedness of all living beings. Much of the research is conducted in collaboration with colleagues at other national and international institutions.
As well, the group is home to PhD and postdoctoral researchers who are carrying out research within the field.
The group is open to anybody with an interest in the field. All are welcome.