Dr Siobhan O'Sullivan (Australia)

Dr. Siobhan O’Sullivan is a lecturer in social policy at UNSW, Australia. After being awarded her PhD by Sydney University she worked at the University of Melbourne for seven years. Her research is focused on animal welfare laws with a focus on the way in which animal activists influence policy change. In 2011 her book Animals, Equality and Democracy was published by Palgrave Macmillan. Siobhan also comments extensively in the media. You can read her work for The Conversation here: https://theconversation.com/profiles/siobhan-osullivan-1648. You can learn more about her work generally at https://socialsciences.arts.unsw.edu.au/about-us/people/siobhan-osullivan/ and here: https://www.facebook.com/Dr-Siobhan-OSullivan-1437453473192433/.  Siobhan produces a fortnightly podcast called Knowing Animals which features Animal Studies scholars, and animal advocates, talking about their work. You can listen to Knowing Animals free here: http://knowinganimals.libsyn.com.  


Authored Books:

  • O’Sullivan, S. (2011), Animals, Equality and Democracy, Hampshire: Palgrave Macmillan.

Edited Books:

  • Garner, R. and O’Sullivan, S. (eds.) (forthcoming), The Political Turn in Animal Ethics, Rowman and Littlefield International.

Book Chapters:

  • O’Sullivan, S. (forthcoming), ‘Animals and the Politics of Equity’, in Garner, R. and O’Sullivan, S. (eds), The Political Turn in Animal Ethics, Rowman and Littlefield International.
  • O’Sullivan, S. and Little, A. (forthcoming), ‘Democracy for Animals’, in McManus, P. (ed.), More than Human, Sydney: Sydney University Press.
  • Ross, S. and O’Sullivan, S., (2013), ‘The World Trade Organisation (WTO)’, in Linzey, A. (ed.), The Global Guide to Animal Protection, University of Illinois Press.
  • O’Sullivan, S. (2009), ‘Australasian Animal Protection Law and the Challenge of Equal Consideration,’ in Sankoff, P. and White, S. (eds.), Animal Law in Australasia: A New Dialogue, Sydney: Federation Press, pp. 108-127.
  • Hadley, J. and O’Sullivan, S. (2008), ‘Utilitarianism for the Dog that has Everything’, in Hales, S.D. (ed.), What Philosophy Can Tell You About Your Dog, Chicago: Open Court Publishing, pp. 283-292.
  • O’Sullivan, S. (2007), ‘Legislation – History (International) of Animal Welfare Policy’, in Bekoff, M. (ed.), Encyclopaedia of Human-Animal Relations: a global exploration of our connections with animals, Connecticut: Greenwood Press, pp. 1000-1007.

Refereed journal articles:

  • Cochrane, A., O’Sullivan, S. and Garner, R. (forthcoming), ‘Animal Ethics and the Political’, Critical Review of International Social and Political Philosophy.
  • O’Sullivan, S., McCausland, C. and Brenton, S. (forthcoming), ‘Animal Activists, Civil Disobedience and Global Responses to Transnational Injustice’, Res Publica.
  • Sima, Y. and O’Sullivan, S. (forthcoming), ‘Chinese Animal Protection Laws and the Globalisation of Welfare Norms’, International Journal of Law in Context.
  • O’Sullivan, S., Grey, J. and Creed, B. (2014), “‘Low down dirty rat’: popular and moral responses to urban wildlife living in suburban Melbourne”, Relations. Beyond Anthropocentrism, 2 (2). 
  • McCausland, C., O’Sullivan, S. and Brenton, S., (2013) ‘Trespass, Animals and Democratic Engagement’, Res Publica, 19 (3), pp. 205 – 221.
  • Considine, M. and O’Sullivan, S. (2012), ‘Les réformes de l’activation des aides aux chômeurs en Australie (The Reform of Active Labour Market Policy in Australia)’, Informations Sociales, 171, pp. 28 – 37.
  • Otter, C., O’Sullivan, S. and Ross, S. (2012), ‘Laying the Foundations for an International Animal Protection Regime’, Journal of Animal Ethics, 2 (1): 53 – 72.
  • Hadley, J. and O’Sullivan, S. (2009), ‘World Poverty, Animal Minds and the Ethics of Veterinary Expenditure’, Environmental Values, 18(3), pp.361-378.
  • O’Sullivan, S. (2008), ‘Transparency in Australian animal research regulation – How are we doing?’, Australian Animal Protection Law Journal, I(I), pp.15-35.
  • O’Sullivan, S. (2007), ‘Advocating for Animals from within a Liberal Paradigm’, Environmental Politics, 16(1), pp.1-14. 
  • O’Sullivan, S. (2006), ‘Transparency and Animal Research Regulation: An Australian Case Study’, Animal Liberation Philosophy and Politics Journal, IV(I), pp. 1-15.

Articles in professional journals:

  • O’Sullivan, S., (2005), ‘Introduction to the Politics of Animal Protection’, Australian and New Zealand Council for the Care of Animals in Research and Teaching (ANZCCART) News, 18(1).
  • O’Sullivan, S., (2004), ‘Asian Elephant Debate’, The Veterinarian April.

Book reviews in academic journals:

  • Freeman, C., Leane, E and Watt, Y. (eds.) (2011), Considering Animals: Contemporary Studies in Human-Animal Relations. Reviewed for Animals 2012, 2, 1-x manuscripts; doi:10.3390/ani20x000x.  
  • Francione, G. and Garner, R. (2010), The Animal Rights Debate: abolition or regulation?, New York: Columbia University Press. Reviewed for Environmental Politics 21(3).
  • Milligan, T. (2010), Beyond Animal Rights: food, pets and ethics, London: Continuum. Reviewed for the Journal of Animal Ethics(forthcoming). 
  • Morikawa, J. (2009), Whaling in Japan: Power, Politics and Diplomacy, London: Hurst & Company. Reviewed for Environmental Politics 21(1).
  • Preece, R. (2008), Sins of the Flesh: a history of ethical vegetarian thought, Vancouver: UBC Press. Reviewed for Environmental Politics 19(4). 
  • Singer, P. (2009), The Life you can Save: acting now to end world poverty, Melbourne: Text Publishing. Reviewed for the Australian Journal of Political Science (forthcoming).
  • Moog, S. and Stones, R. (eds.) (2009), Nature, Social Relations and Human Needs: Essays in Honour of Ted Benton, New York: Palgrave Macmillan. Reviewed for Environmental Politics 18(4).
  • DeSombre, E. R. (2006), Flagging Standards: Globalization and Environmental, Safety, and Labor Regulations at Sea, Cambridge: MIT Press. Reviewed for Environmental Politics 17(3).
  • Ansell, C. and Vogel, D. (eds.) (2006), What’s the Beef?: The Contested Governance of European Food Safety, Cambridge: MIT Press. Reviewed for Environmental Politics, 16(3).
  • Brighouse, H. (2004), Justice: Polity Key Concepts Series, Cambridge: Polity Press. Reviewed for the Australian Journal of Political Science, 41(4).
  • Garner, R. (2005), Animal Ethics, Cambridge: Polity Press. Reviewed for Environmental Politics, 15(4).
  • Sunstein, C. R and Nussbaum, M. C. (eds.) (2004), Animal Rights: Current Debates and New Directions, Oxford: Oxford University Press. Reviewed for the Australian Journal of Political Science 40(2).

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