Dr Rod Bennison

Dr Rod Bennison is a geographer by training and currently leads a team of environmental scientists and engineers in a major environmental and engineering consultancy in Australia.  He also currently holds a position on the Worimi Conservation Lands Board of Management as the conservation representative.  Rod is an Honorary Fellow at Macquarie University and a Conjoint Fellow at the University of Newcastle where he taught into several geography, environmental science and ethics courses, and was the coordinator of Open Foundation and First Year physical and human geography courses for several years.

Rod’s doctorate entitled Ecological Inclusion dealt with the history of human nonhuman interactions and the need for a new interrelationship between human and nonhuman animals.  He is also the author of several journal articles and has presented at several conferences, both within Australia and internationally.  His main research interests in nonhuman animals lies with the commercial exploitation of wildlife, racing animals, representations of animals as insignificant others, and the divide between animal protection and environmentalism.

Rod has a long-standing history within the environmental and animal protection and advocacy movements, being an active member of several organisations.  In the past he has worked for the National Parks Association (NPA) of New South Wales and Australians for Animals. He is a former Australian Conservation Foundation Councillor, Save Animals from Exploitation (SAFE) (Australia) President and NPA NSW Hunter President.  Over the years, he has been a member and active within several other social movement organisations, particularly in the area of drug law reform, prison reform and HIV/AIDS activism, and is the former National Policy Coordinator and Deputy National President of the Australian Democrats.