Knight is a Professor of Animal Welfare and Ethics, Director of the
Centre for Animal Welfare, and a European and American Veterinary
Specialist in Animal Welfare. His research interests are diverse, and
include alternatives to invasive animal use within research and
teaching, vegetarian companion animal diets, and the impacts on climate
change of animal agriculture. He has published extensively on animal
issues within both academic and popular media, including a series of YouTube videos.
David is Professor of Theological Ethics at the University of Chester and founder of CreatureKind, a project engaging churches in the UK and North America with the welfare of farmed animals. He is the author of the ground-breaking two-volume monograph On Animals, which explores the place of animals in Christian theology and ethics. He is President of the Society for the Study of Christian Ethics and Co-chair of the Animals and Religion Group of the American Academy of Religion.
Robert is Lecturer in Environmental History in the Department of History. His
research covers agricultural and environmental history and historical
geography, focussing on past and popular conceptions of climate and
weather, the construction of environmental knowledge, and human-
animal-environment relationships. He is particularly interested in
how our understanding of animals and their behaviour
(e.g.migration and extinction) influences perceptions of
seasonality, environmental change and degradation, informing our
responses to present-day environmental issues.
Anna is based in the Winchester Centre of Religion, Reconciliation and Peace.
While discussions of non-human animals and religion often occur within
Christian theology, eco-theology and Western-based environmentalism,
Anna is interested in the complex relationships between the
religious/philosophical traditions of the world and the construction and
treatment of non-human animals. Her research investigates the
abstractions of theology, the realities of animal welfare and the
religious resources available to contemporary animal
Philip Lymbery is a naturalist, author and the Chief Executive of leading international farm animal welfare organisation Compassion in World Farming. He has been instrumental in achieving major legislative and corporate change for animal welfare in Europe and worldwide. His research focusses on animal welfare, humane solutions, and the impacts of industrial farming on wildlife, the environment, public health, food security and sustainability. His book Farmageddon: The true cost of cheap meat has gained international acclaim.
Dr McCulloch is a recognised veterinary specialist in Animal Welfare Science, Ethics and Law. He joined CAW in January 2017 and is Programme Leader for the BA Animal Welfare and Society as well as teaching on the MSc Animal Welfare Science, Ethics and Law programme. Steven’s principal research interest is on the ethics of how society treats sentient animals. He coordinates the monthly ‘Everyday Ethics’ column in the professional veterinary journal In Practice.
Neil is Professor of Theology in the Department of Theology, Religion and Philosophy, where he was Head of Department from 2009 to 2015. His research interests and publications are focussed on the intersections of Christian theology, ethics, the biosciences and healthcare, including animal and ecological ethics as well as bio-ethics and neuro-ethics.
Thomas is Senior Lecturer in Liberal Arts and Director of the Institute for Value Studies,
which offers the module 'Other Animals: Contemporary Moral Frontiers',
developed in close cooperation with the Centre for Animal
Welfare. Thomas's primary interests are value theory, philosophy of
education and ethics. He is broadly interested in the ethics of
human-animal relations, but especially in questions about vegetarianism
and the possible forms of companionship between humans and other animals.
Bernard E. Rollin (BA CCNY, PhD Columbia) is University Distinguished Professor, Professor of Philosophy, Professor of Biomedical Sciences, Professor of Animal Sciences, and University Bioethicist at Colorado State University. He was a major architect of the 1985 US Federal laws protecting laboratory animals. Rollin is the author of 20 books and over 600 articles. He is considered the 'father of veterinary medical ethics'.
Noel Sweeney (LL.B Dip.Crim. I M.A. Barrister-at-Law) is a practising barrister who specialises in criminal law and human rights and animal law. He has lectured and written on all aspects of the legal status of animals and particularly the connection between racism and sexism and speciesism. He has written the seminal work on criminal law and animal welfare, Animals-in-Law (2013). Recently he published an in-depth analysis of dangerous dogs and dangerous people and their victims, Dogs of Law (2015).
Amoret is Lecturer in Forensic Studies in the Department of Applied Social Sciences, and a consultant forensic entomologist and Scientific Associate of the Natural History Museum, London. She uses the presence of carrion-feeding insects, mainly blowflies, to determine minimum time since death. Although normally employed in cases of human death, the same methods can be utilised in cases of animal death or maltreatment, such as neglect or abuse of domestic or farmed animals, or poaching and exploitation of wildlife.
Madelaine is a PhD student in animal ethics and welfare in the Department of Theology, Religion and Philosophy. During her Master's studies she dealt with a vast range of welfare issues regarding farm, zoo, laboratory and companion animals. Her special areas of interest have been the 'Disney-isation' of zoos, as well as the objectification and anthropomorphism of animals in the media. Her current research explores synergistic potentials between the utilitarian and the animal rights approach in order to advance animal protection.
Christina is a PhD student in the Department of Theology, Religion and Philosophy with a professional background in science and special education. She has lectured, taught and advised on violence towards women, children and animals for almost fifty years. Her thesis ‘Ancient Voices in Modern Theology. Orthodox Theory and Practice: Animal Suffering and Welfare’ aims to move the focus of Eastern Orthodox debate on the environment to the animals within that environment. She also aims to provide clarity on animal welfare and suffering issues.
CAW Advisory Board
Centre for Animal Welfare Advisory Board members advise on a range of issues concerning animal welfare science, animal ethics, and animal law and public policy. All are experts in their fields. The Advisory Board currently comprises:
Professor Peter Singer
Peter Singer is Ira W. DeCamp Professor of Bioethics in the University Center for Human Values at Princeton University, a position that he now combines with the position of Laureate Professor at the University of Melbourne. His books include Animal Liberation, Practical Ethics, The Life You Can Save, The Point of View of the Universe and The Most Good You Can Do. In 2014 the Gottlieb Duttweiler Institute ranked him third on its list of Global Thought Leaders, and Time has included him among the world’s 100 most influential people. An Australian, in 2012 he was made a Companion to the Order of Australia, his country’s highest civilian honour. (photo Denise Applewhite/Princeton University). Find out more about Prof. Peter Singer.