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Please note that while our narrative is based on experiences that can and do happen to researchers in our field, Aadita and her project are entirely fictional  This is a two-part episode that builds upon a workshop we hosted at the Research Ethics Conference 2021 (REC2021).   

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Michelle Szydlowski PhD Candidate, University of Exeter


Kris Hill PhD Student, University of Exeter


Sarah Oxley Heaney PhD Student, University of Exeter

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Workshop Abstract  


Anthrozoology is an emergent field concerned with the study of human-animal interactions and relationships. As an emergent interdisciplinary field, Anthrozoology is in its infancy regarding methodological practice. For Anthrozoologists, research involves both human and animal as active participants and actors within ethnographic investigation. Concerned with the ethical implications of research beyond the human species, Anthrozoologists are often faced with navigating how to protect both human and non-human informants, and when to speak for animals. Anthrozoology therefore presents a unique lens through which to view current research ethics processes.   Held by postgraduate researchers from Exeter’s Anthrozoology as Symbiotic Ethics (EASE) working group, the proposed workshop aims to problematize the Ethics Committee process in order to suggest solutions to better protect the interests of animal participants.  Through the mode of a discussion forum, the attendees will be asked to share their own experiences of the Ethics Committee process whilst considering how the traditional ethics committee paradigm, as derived from the Biological Sciences, no longer adequately considers the nuances presented within animal related research. The workshop will conclude with a collaboration between participants and speakers in order to problem solve and propose alternative ways in which the Ethics Committee process can better address the concerns of animals involved in research.  

References and further reading :

Flight Safety Culture: Hamilton, L., & Taylor, N. (2017). 

Ethnography after humanism: Power, politics and method in multi-species research. Springer.  Oliver, C. (2021), 

Beyond-human ethics: The animal question in institutional ethical reviews. Area. Accepted Author Manuscript.   

Responsible Images of Primates: 

The Lesser Know Victims of Wildlife Trafficking Podcast – Part 1: 

The Lesser Know Victims of Wildlife Trafficking Podcast – Part 2:


References and sources mentioned are listed here:

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