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Alison Loveridge


Language, Social and Political Sciences

17 October 2023


  • Master of Arts

  • Doctor of Philosophy (University of Auckland)

Research Interests

Research interests are in rural change/innovation, dark sky places and land use/conservation, rural autobiography and animal welfare, with a strong interest in sociological methodology.

Current research concerns perceptions of animal welfare and farming in New Zealand. An interest in rural issues was developed through projects that focused on how people learn about innovation and work with the natural environment.

One highlight was working in a bicultural team with owners of Maori land who were developing their land to increase employment within their families. Another was working on a survey of attitudes to animal welfare among people who work with animals on farms and members of the public.

My curiosity about the elements of New Zealand's culture that shaped people's varied answers to this questionnaire led to analysis of accounts of their relationship with animals people have provided in farming stories and autobiographies.

  • Animal human relations
  • Methodology
  • Rural New Zealand
  • Rural sociology
  • Narratives about farm life

Recent Publications

  • Loveridge AM. (2018) Arts Management, Urban Regeneration, and Disaster in the New Zealand Context. Journal of Arts Management Law and Society 48(4): 273-286.
  • Loveridge A. (2016) Rural sociology in New Zealand: Companion planting? New Zealand Sociology 31(3): 207-229.
  • Loveridge A., Duell R., Abbari J. and Moffat M. (2014) Night Landscapes: A Challenge to World Heritage Protocols. Landscape Review 15(1): 64-75.
  • Loveridge A. (2013) Changes in animal welfare views in New Zealand: Responding to global change. Society & Animals 21(4): 325-340.
  • Loveridge A. (2011) Farm Practices and Animal Welfare. New Zealand Sociology 26(1): 89-109.
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