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Animal Geographies Research Cluster

The research carried out by the members of the Animal Geography Research Cluster (AnimGeo) addresses the geographies of human-nonhuman animal’s practices and the role of animal welfare science and technology in challenging the role of farmed animals in current agricultural practices and policies. It encompasses a large variety of themes and concerns, including:

  • developing methodologies for multispecies ethnographies and a ‘more-than-human’ approach to human/nonhuman relations
  • ethical issues in consumption practices of animal foods
  • the public understanding of the welfare of animals in food production systems
  • how new technologies affect human-animal relations on farms
  • biosecurity and the regulation of animal health.

The work of the Cluster sets out with the premise that societies are ‘more-than-human’ – nonhuman animals are not merely the backdrop to human relationships but are co-productive of spaces, events, technologies, discourses and artefacts.

The AnimGeo’s research sits at the disciplinary interface of cultural geography, Science and Technology Studies (STS), animal studies and anthropology.

Its work is at the cutting edge of both theoretical and methodological innovation. As such, its members have advanced theoretical perspectives in relation to animals including actor-network theory, biopolitics and assemblage theory, and have developed innovative methodological approaches involving multispecies ethnographies and visual methodologies.

Members have also collaborated with natural scientists, animal welfare scientists and ethologists, developing cross- and inter-disciplinary methodologies and conversations.

Such collaborations have enhanced the contributions made by the AnimGeo to debates around policy and practice. Most notably, members have made significant contributions to the development of policy and practice in relation to the role of badgers in the spread of bovine tuberculosis, and to the formulation of new animal welfare protocols across the European Union.

Research within the Cluster has received funding from a diversity of bodies, including the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), European Union, DEFRA and the Welsh Government.

Investigator(s)FundedTitleDatesAmount
Professor Mara Miele Leverhulme Trust Shaping Inter-Species Connectedness 01/01/2018-31/12/2020 £216,000
Gareth Enticott Westpoint Group Trading Ltd. Bovine Tuberculosis Advisory Service 01/08/2017-31/07/2020 £11,000
Gareth Enticott Department for Environmental Food and Rural Affairs An analysis of bTB data and information requirements 01/07/2018-31/03/2019 £15,552
Gareth Enticott Commission of the European Communities Strengthening animal production and health through the immune system 01/03/2015-28/02/2019 £267,186

Chair

Professor Mara Miele

Professor Mara Miele

Professor in Human Geography, Director of Postgraduate Research

Email:
mielem@cardiff.ac.uk
Telephone:
+44 (0)29 2087 9121

Academic staff

Dr Christopher Bear

Dr Christopher Bear

Senior Lecturer in Human Geography, Director of Learning and Teaching

Email:
bearck@cardiff.ac.uk
Telephone:
+44 (0)29 2087 6181
Dr Gareth Enticott

Dr Gareth Enticott

Reader

Email:
enticottg@cardiff.ac.uk
Telephone:
+44 (0)29 2087 6243
Dr Jonathan Prior

Dr Jonathan Prior

Lecturer in Human Geography

Email:
priorj@cardiff.ac.uk
Telephone:
+44 (0)29 2087 4600
Dr James Castell

Dr James Castell

Lecturer

Email:
castellj@cardiff.ac.uk
Telephone:
+44 (0)29 2087 5410
Dr Harriet Smith

Dr Harriet Smith

Research Associate

Email:
smithh35@cardiff.ac.uk
Telephone:
+44 (0)29 2087 4945

Postgraduate students

Alison Caffyn

Research student

Email:
caffyna@cardiff.ac.uk
Kieran O'Mahony

Kieran O'Mahony

Research student

Email:
omahonyk@cardiff.ac.uk