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Nonhuman animals have always been impacted by bushfires in Australia. Yet this tragic reality has rarely been a significant focus of public media discourses. However, the unprecedented ferocity of the 2019/20 fire season has seen a shift in this focus, as traumatised bees, painfully (and fatally) burned sheep, cows and charismatic wildlife attracte...
The intersection of human leisure and animals is not a new topic. However more recently explorations have begun to turn to considerations of the experiences of animals themselves in human and animal-centric leisure (Nottle & Young 2019), the welfare and rights of animals within leisure settings (Young & Carr 2018) and even animal rights to leisure...
Purpose The purpose of this paper is to make a case for the political use of methods to shape posthumanist futures that are for animals. It makes this case by drawing on findings from qualitative research on the lived experience of navigating human–pet relationships. Design/methodology/approach The argument in this paper draws on qualitative data...
The last few decades have seen rising interest in human relationships with other species. This interest is broadly recognised as the human–animal studies field – a broad, multidisciplinary field that addresses both symbolic and material relationships between humans and other animals (e.g. DeMello, 2012; Taylor, 2013). Acknowledging the need to inco...
Sociologists have contributed to the development of the animal studies field in recent decades. However, many of these ventures have been anthropocentric, stopping short of sociological calls for animal liberation despite the fact that critical sociological concepts are often the (unspoken) antecedents of such work. Here, we present a systematic re...
Keeping companion animals or pets in human domestic spaces and lives is a global phenomenon. However, waste products related to the keeping of these animals may have negative environmental impacts including odour, public space and water pollution, and addition to landfill. Pet waste is also a health issue as it can be a source of disease through th...
Climate change is the public policy problem of our time. Practically, much responsibility for facing this challenge falls to local governments. Current scholarship indicates that nationally and internationally they are often under-resourced and ill-equipped to respond. The process of formulating climate adaptation policy by local government often suffers from shortcomings in both policy formulation and implementation. This project aims to design and pilot an integrated best practice framework for evidence-informed policy and implementation. It will develop an integrated best practice framework for policy formulation to be tested by local governments in climate adaptation policy.
This is a multi-stakeholder project designed and delivered in collaboration with the Department of Defence Force Exploration Hub to optimise Defence’s contribution to state disaster prevention and emergency response. The project will review and contextualise the findings of the recent Royal and Independent Commissions of Inquiry that investigated the Black Summer bushfires of 2019-20 and then conduct a participatory network mapping analysis of South Australia’s emergency management framework to understand how Defence can optimise their contribution to emergency management across the state.