• Easter Bush, Roslin Institute Building

    EH25 9RG Midlothian

    United Kingdom

1995 …2021

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Research interests

  1. Development, validation, and uptake of Qualitative Behaviour Assessment (QBA) across animal species, scientific disciplines, and welfare management contexts (agriculture, zoo, veterinary practice, working animals);
  2. Development of, and providing training in using, the QBA app for commercial roll-out with industry collaborators. Current projects are with Waitrose supply chains and app developers Medayo;
  3. Positive animal welfare and inter-disciplinary research on animal emotion;
  4. Understanding and assessing ‘passive’ welfare states such as boredom and lethargy;
  5. Philosophy of Mind and Consciousness, integration of these with animal welfare science;
  6. Social anthropology of human-animal relationships, and integration with animal welfare science.

Projects

2020-2022 Waitrose consultancy QBA app training and roll-out (£60k/year)

2021-2022 RESAS ‘Strategic research programme WP2.2.7, 2.3.12’ (£??)

2020-2021 SRUC Orchard Innovation Hub 'Development and roll-out of QBA mobile app with Waitrose supply chains' (£85k)

2019-2020 BBSRC/AWRN ‘The roll-out of Qualitative Behaviour Assessment (QBA) in commercial livestock welfare management through mobile application technology’ (£40k).

2016-2021 RESAS ‘Strategic research programme RD2.2.7, 2.3.12’ (£??/year)

Supervision

PhD student (2016-2019) ‘The application of Qualitative Behaviour Assessment to laboratory mice’, joint with Newcastle University.

PhD student (2011-2016) ‘Development of welfare assessment protocols for extensively managed sheep’, joint with Edinburgh University.

PhD student (2008-2012) 'Screening on-farm animal welfare – Danish dairy herds', joint with University of Copenhagen.

PhD student (2000-2005) ‘The role of active observer perception in personality-assessments of the domesticated horse: a novel application of Kelly’s Repertory Grid Technique’, joint with Edinburgh University.

Consultancy

Scientific consultant (2018-2021) ‘Shaping inter-species connectedness: training cultures and the emergence of new forms of human-animal relations’. Department of Scociology, University of Warwick.

 

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