Here are some of the people involved with CHAIR. You can find out their contact details, research and favourite animals.
Karl Bates, Musculoskeletal Biology, Institute of Ageing & Chronic Disease
Research interests: My goal is to understand the links between animal morphology and biomechanics, such as the way limb anatomy corelates with locomotion. This has led me to study a range of living and extinct tetrapods from primates (particularly humans and other Great Apes) to archosaurs (birds, crocodilians and dinosaurs) in order to better understand how anatomy and mechanics interact to constrain how animals stand and move. My recently I have become interested in how morphological changes induced by humans (i.e. selective breeding) influence locomotion in animals such as birds, dogs and horses. I routinely use a range of theoretical and experimental techniques to study locomotion, ranging from motion analysis, force and pressure platforms to 3D static and dynamic computer simulations.
Favourite animal: Birds
Camille Bellet, Epidemiology and Population Health, Institute of Infection and Global Health
Research interests: I have a strong interest in the epidemiological, economic and social aspects of animal health, more specifically on the development of sustainable, safe and resilient ways of producing food and controlling animal and human diseases.
Favourite animal: Monkey
Helen Brooks, Department of Psychological Sciences, Institute of Psychology, Health and Society.
Rob Christley, Epidemiology and Population Health, Institute of Infection and Global Health
Research interests: I am interested in the interplay between animal health and society, the social effects of animal health issues and the impact of human behaviour on animal health.
Favourite animal: Chickens
Suzanne Cottriall, School of Veterinary Science
Research interests: As a human and animal physiotherapist I always need to ‘read’ and ‘listen to’ the animal to assess and treat effectively so any evidence based/scientific information I can gather on how I am interacting with animals helps me in my day to day work.
Favourite animal: dog, no horse, no dog, well I like both equally……
Keith Dobney, Archaeology, Classics and Egyptology
Research interests: I’m principally interested in human-animal relationships in the past and study this through the bones and teeth of animals found on archaeological sites. My main research involves the early domestication of animals – specifically the origins of domestic dogs and pigs – along with those (e.g. birds of prey) that may have been involved in early domestication experiments. I’m also researching the dynamics of early commensalism – i.e. animals that moved into and exploited the new environments created by farming and early settled life.
Favourite animal: It has to be the domestic cat – the only animal to have domesticated us – followed closely by dogs and horses (all of which have domesticated me)!
Carol Gray, Law, University of Birmingham (but supervised by Marie Fox, University of Liverpool)
Research interests: Veterinary ethics, particularly informed consent, and more generally communication and shared decision-making in veterinarian-patient-client scenarios. I am also interested in research ethics for research involving humans and animals.
Favourite animal: Perhaps surprisingly, the horse – it’s what led me to studying to become a vet.
Sara Owczarczak-Garstecka, Epidemiology and Population Health
Research interests: I am interested in the behaviour and welfare of animals kept as pets and the links between human and animal welfare. In my PhD I am studying perception and prevention of dog bites.
Favourite animal: Olive baboon
Chris Pearson, History
Research interests: I am an environmental and animal historian of modern France, with interests in transnational history. My current project ‘Dogopolis: Dogs, Humans, and the Making of Modern Cities’ explores the role and presence of dogs as workers, pets, pests, and beyond in nineteenth and twentieth century London, New York and Paris.
Favourite animal: dogs, predictably.
Rebecca Purewal, Institute of Infection and Global Health
Research interests: My area of study is based around if and how animals can affect child development. I am particularly interested in the psychological effects of pet ownership, and how pets can improve emotional health.
Favourite animal: I am a lover of all animals but my favourite has to be dogs!
Mark Riley, Geography and Planning
Research interests: I am interested in the geographies of animals – especially farm animals and livestock. This interest focuses on both the subtle (re)placing of animals in historical and contemporary contexts as well as the central role animals play in place-making practices. I am particularly interested in human-livestock relations and how animals play a central role in farmer identities, their development of cultural capital and change across the life course.
Favourite animal: sheepdogs – specifically border collies.
Gillian (Jill) Rudd, English
Research interests: My main area of research is late medieval English literature, but I also have teaching interests in Children’s Literature. In both animals of all kinds feature as metaphors, similes, fables, workers, companions and in general as an integral part of the actual and imagined landscape. I’m particularly interested in how humans think about and with animals.
Favourite animal: tricky! I have a grumpy companion cat, but am delighted to have moles and voles in the garden, and would very much like a resident hedgehog. Or a snow leopard.
Jonathan Rushton, Epidemiology and Population Health, Institute of Infection and Global Health
Research interests: I work on the changing roles of animals in society with a particular emphasis on how this impacts on the burdens of infectious disease, environment and non-communicable diseases. I am currently working towards establishing a project on the global burden of animal diseases.
Favourite animal: Cattle because I grew up with them and they sustained my family; Dogs because they are so important to my sons, Adam and Ben; Horses because my wife gains so much joy and comfort from them; Poultry because so much of my professional life has been on their uses and problems
Tom Webb, History
Carri Westgarth, Epidemiology and Population Health, Institute of Infection and Global Health, and Institute of Veterinary Science
Research Interests: I have a passion for understanding the relationships we have with our pets. Research interests focus on the implications of dog ownership for human health and wellbeing, but also how owner management of their dogs can impact dog welfare.
Favourite animal: Dog, although this is more about a fascination about the relationships that people have with dogs.
Clinical interests: I am the weight management clinic nurse, and research pet obesity.
Favourite animal: My cat!
Clinical interests: I am the weight management clinic nurse, research into pet obesity
Favourite animal: my cat!