Dr Nicola Taylor (Australia)

Nicola Taylor received her PhD. in Sociology from Manchester Metropolitan University (UK) where she addressed the sociology of human-animal interaction and argued that sociology could, and should, take account of human-animal interactions in a thesis entitled “Human-Animal Relations: A Sociological Respecification.”

Dr. Taylor then went on to work in the Psychology Department at the University of Edinburgh where she researched farmer attitudes to animal welfare.

This was followed by a post at the University of Oxford where Dr Taylor researched a number of issues pertinent to gender and health, and continued to research the links between problematic parenting, domestic violence and companion animal abuse.

Dr. Taylor is currently Senior Lecturer in Sociology at Central Queensland University where she continues to research animal rights activism and philosophy, and links between domestic and family violence, child abuse and harm to animals.

Dr. Taylor has published a number of articles concerning human-animal interaction, parenting, domestic violence and harm to companion animals and has been highlighting the importance of studying these areas to sociologists, policy makers and practitioners alike since 1997.

She is the Executive Director of the Institute for Critical Animal Studies (ICAS) and acts as reviewer for a number of international journals dedicated to human-animal studies such as Society & Animals and the Animal Liberation Philosophy & Policy Journal.

Recent publications

Taylor, N. Never an it: Intersubjectivity and the creation of personhood in an animal shelter (forthcoming, Qualitative Sociology Review).

Taylor, N. Human-animal studies: A challenge to social boundaries (forthcoming, Proteus: A Journal of ideas).

Signal, T., & Taylor, N. (2007). Attitude to Animals and Empathy: Comparing animal protection and general community samples (forthcoming, Anthrozoos).

Taylor, N., & Signal, T. (2006). Community demographics and the propensity to report animal cruelty (forthcoming, Journal of Applied Animal Welfare Science, 9 (2)).

Taylor, N. (2005). Luddites or Limits? Animal rights activists' attitudes towards science, Animal Liberation Philosophy & Policy Journal, 2(4).