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From January 2018, the University of Canterbury will be offering a PhD in Human-Animal Studies. This is the first such degree offered in the Southern Hemisphere, and one of only three or four throughout the world.

Students undertaking the PhD in Human-Animal Studies (PhD HUAN) at UC will work with supervisors drawn from our pool of over a dozen academic staff working in many different areas, and will be part of the lively and inclusive research culture of the New Zealand Centre for Human-Animal Studies.

Areas for supervision

Areas for supervision include, but are not limited, to the following:

  • Professor Philip Armstrong: animals in Aotearoa New Zealand and the Pacific; animals in literature; animals in history, especially the Renaissance and the Nineteenth Century; sheep in culture and history; whales and dolphins in culture and history; animals and environmental discourse.
  • Associate Professor Jane Buckingham: animals in South Asian History; elephants and elephantology.
  • Dr Douglas Campbell: animals, philosophy and environmentalism; extinction and de-extinction.
  • Associate Professor Amy Fletcher: extinction and de-extinction; animals and public understandings of science and technology; animals and futurology; animals and environmental discourse.
  • Dr Rosie Ibbotson: animals in the visual arts; museology and display of human-animal relations; extinction and de-extinction.
  • Dr Piers Locke: multispecies ethnography; elephants and elephantology; interspecies care; animals and environmental discourse; humanism and post-humanism.
  • Dr Alison Loveridge: animal welfare and advocacy; animals in agriculture and food production; animals in New Zealand; animals and rural life; animals and children.
  • Dr Carolyn Mason: animals and ethics; bioethics.
  • Professor Henrietta Mondry: dogs in culture and history; animals in Russian culture and history; animals in Slavic cultures; companion species; animals in literature; de-extinction.
  • Dr Patrick O’Sullivan: animals in Ancient Greek culture and society; animals in classical literature and drama.
  • Professor Annie Potts: animals in Aotearoa New Zealand and the Pacific; animals in art; human-animal relations and gender; representations of animals in horror and science fiction; chickens in culture and history; possums in culture and history; animals and emergencies; animals and environmental discourse.
  • Associate Professor Nik Taylor: human-animal violence links; eating animals and veganism; feminism and animals; species inclusive methods. 
  • Dr Michael-John Turp: animals and ethics; animals in Early Modern philosophy.