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Dr Kieran O'Mahony

Dr Kieran O'Mahony

Research Associate

School of Geography and Planning

1.10, 43-45 Park Place, Cathays, Cardiff, CF10 3BB


I am a geographer with an interdisciplinary background in sociology, conservation and ecology. Broadly speaking, I am interested in the politics and practices that co-constitute human-nonhuman relations and multispecies landscapes. My research has addressed issues around:

  • Rewilding, ecological restoration and the (re)introduction of nonhuman species
  • Biosecurity and wildlife management
  • Ecological knowledge production
  • Cultural landscapes and memory
  • Animal health and practices of care


Honours and awards

  • PhD City and Regional Planning, Cardiff University, 2019.
  • MSc Environmental Management (Countryside and Protected Area Management), Birkbeck (University of London), 2013.
  • BA (hons) Sociology (in African and Asian Studies), University of Sussex, 2003.

Professional memberships

  • Postgraduate Fellow of the Royal Geographic Society/ Institute for British Geographers
  • Member of the British Ecological Society

Speaking engagements


  • O'Mahony, K. (2018) Communities, publics, responsibilities: the problematic nature of England's wild boar strategy. 12th International Symposium on Wild Boar and Other Suids. Lazne Belohrad, Czech Republic. Sept.
  • O'Mahony, K. (2018) Digging up the past: material memories in flourishing swinescapes. RGS-IBG Annual Conference. Cardiff University.
  • O'Mahony, K. (2018) Upturned places: material and temporal change in (re)introduced swinescapes. Animal Geography Workshop. Nottingham University.
  • O’Mahony, K. (2017) Contested Knowledges and Participation in Governing Unsanctioned Wild-life. RGS-IBG Annual Conference. London.
  • O’Mahony, K. (2017) Catching up with wildlife: the contested politics of reintroduced wild boar in England. The Value of Life Conference. Wageningen.
  • O’Mahony, K. (2016) (Re)Introducing Ruralities- Rewilding and the Nature of Place. RGS-IBG Annual Conference. London.
  • O’Mahony, K. (2016) Where the Wild Things Are: Living with Governing Wild Boar. ESRC Welsh Human Geography Postgraduate Conference. Aberystwyth.


  • Everyday landscape of memory (Co-convener with Amy Walker and Dr. Kate Boyer). RGS-IBG Annual Conference. Cardiff University. Aug 2018
  • Decolonising Wild-life: Critical geographies of Rewilding (Co-convener with Cara Clancy, Dr Kim Ward and Dr Sophie Wynne-Jones). RGS-IBG Annual Conference. London (Royal Geographic Society). Sept 2017
  • RGS Postgraduate Mid-Term Conference (Member of co-organising committee). Cardiff University. April 2017







I have contributed to the following modules in recent academic years:

  • The Global Countryside module (BA Human Geography). Guest Lecturer/ Field Trip Leader (on Rewilding/ Reintroductions). Cardiff University.
  • Researching Contemporary Issues in Tanzania module (BA Human Geography/Planning). Field Trip Assistant. Cardiff University.
  • Researching Contemporary Issues in Hong Kong module (BA Human Geography/Planning). Guest Lecturer (on Nature, environment and conservation in Hong Kong)/ Field Trip Assistant. Cardiff University.
  • Developing Research Methods I module (BA Human Geography). Workshop Leader (on Mobile and Sonic Methods). Cardiff University. 2017/18 and 2018/19.
  • Study Skills module (BA Human Geography). Seminar Leader. Cardiff University. 2016/17.
  • The Conservation of Species and Habitats module (MSc Environmental Management). Guest Lecturer (on Feral Rewilding). Birkbeck. 2016/17.

Prior to this, I worked for ten years in the English language sector, teaching on a variety of general, pre-sessional and exam classes.

Current Project:

ROADMAP- Rethinking of Anti-microbial Decision-systems in the Management of Animal Production

I currently work as a Postgraduate Research Associate on a Horizon 2020 project looking at the decisions relating to anti-microbial usage and animal health practices in a variety of farming systems in multiple countries. In the UK, I am part of a team focusing on the animals, people and places that co-constitute practices of 'marginal care'. This particularly relates to calf- rearing and care within the dairy and beef sector. Research involves qualitative interviews and video ethnography to better understand the situated knowledges and more-than-human relations within these practices.

Previous Project(s)

Feral Bo(a)rderlands: Living with and Governing Wild Boar in the Forest of Dean (PhD)

This research explored the complex and controversial material politics surrounding the unofficial, feral (re)introduction of wild boar in England. Undertaking an ethnography utilising a variety methods- observation, camera trapping, tracking, qualitative interviews- I considered how wild boar in the Forest of Dean have reconfigured multispecies relationships within cultural landscapes; necessitated new forms of ecological knowledge production; and led to the emergence of new policies and publics. My work leant on literature from geography, anthropology, and science and technology studies.