The Lives of Animals Research Group

The Lives of Animals Research Group

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Our Team

 

Principal Investigator

Alice J. Hovorka, Professor of Geography and Environmental Studies, Queen's University

I obtained my Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Geography from Queen’s University in 1994 and my Master of Arts in Geography from Carleton University in 1997. Following graduation I consulted on urban issues for CIDA (Canadian International Development Agency) and worked as an IDRC (International Development Research Centre) intern mainstreaming gender within urban agriculture projects. I received my PhD in Geography from Clark University in 2003, focusing on gender and urban agriculture in Botswana. I joined the University of Guelph Department of Geography in 2003 as Assistant Professor, became a Humboldt Fellow in 2009, and was promoted to Full Professor in 2014. In January 2015 I joined the Department of Geography and School of Environmental Studies at Queen’s University. (CV PDF available here).

My research program broadly explores human-environment relationships and is theoretically informed by feminist, poststructuralist and posthumanist philosophical perspectives. My main specializations include animal geographies, gender and environment, urban geography, and Southern Africa.

I currently explore how animals shape human society. We cannot understand human affairs and relations without recognizing the ways in which animals are wrapped up with social constructions, organizations and dynamics. How do we think about animals? Where do we put them and where do they belong? How do we interact with them? Are these human-animal relations good, bad, otherwise? What circumstances and experiences shape the lives of animals? Chickens, donkeys, cattle, wild dogs, elephants, and domestic dogs in Botswana serve as case studies exploring the positionality of animals as influential actors (funded by a SSHRC Insight Grant 2012-2016). More recently, I have embarked on projects investigating animal governance and the networks of actors, knowledges, structures, practices, and outcomes that shape human management of animals (funded by a SSHRC Insight Grant 2016-2021).

 

Students

Students (L-R): Must, Fraser-Celin, Van Patter, Mayberry, Geiger

 

Bolla, Andrea

Masters in Geography, University of Guelph completed 2009 (human-wild animal relations)

Email: andreakbolla@gmail.com

D'Souza, Renée

 

Masters in Environmental Studies, Queen's University in progress (conservation canines).

Email: 16rsmd@queensu.ca

Edmunds, Natasha

BA in Environmental Governance, University of Guelph completed 2015.

Undergraduate Research Assistant 2014/15 for Guelph Cat Population Task Force (feral cats).

Email: edmundsn@mail.uoguelph.ca

Fraser-Celin, Valli

PhD in Geography, University of Guelph in progress (wild dogs).

Funded by Vanier Scholarship 2015-18, Fonds de Recherche Société et Culture Quebec 2014-15, Ontario Graduate Scholarships 2013 & 2014, Summerlee Scholarship 2015.

Email: vfraserc@uoguelph.ca

Geiger, Martha

Masters in Geography/International Development Studies, University of Guelph completed 2013 (donkeys).

Winner of the OP Dwivedi Award for Best International Development Thesis, University of Guelph 2013.

Email: martha.geiger@bristol.ac.uk

Jamieson-Hanes, Jean

Masters in Environmental Studies, Queen's University in progress (urban wildlife).

Email: 13jjh1@queensu.ca

Mayberry, Allison

Masters in Geography, University of Guelph in progress (elephants).

Funded by Ontario Graduate Scholarship 2014 and Care-A-Thon Animal Welfare Scholarship 2014, Ontario Veterinary College University of Guelph.

Email: amayberr@uoguelph.ca

McCubbin, Sandra

PhD in Geography, Queen's University in progress (lions).

Funded by Vanier Scholarship 2016-19.

Email: 15sgm1@queensu.ca 

Must, Erin

PhD in Geography/International Development Studies, University of Guelph in progress (cattle).

Funded by Vanier Scholarship 2014-17, IDRC Doctoral Award 2014, Summerlee Scholarship 2015.

Email: emaciver@uoguelph.ca

Van Patter, Lauren

PhD in Geography, Queen's University beginning September 2017 (project TBA).

Masters in Geography, University of Guelph completed 2015 (feral cats, domestic dogs).

Winner of the AAG Animal Geography Specialty Group Graduate Paper Competition 2015. Funded by SSHRC CGS Doctoral 2017-20, SSHRC Masters Award 2013 and Ontario Graduate Scholarship 2014.

Email: levanpatter@gmail.com

 

 

Collaborators

     

Animals in Philosophy, Politics, Law and Ethics (APPLE) Research Group at Queen's University via Will Kymlicka and Sue Donaldson

Bing, Mark (DVM), Vetswana, Botswana.

Botswana Lion Corridor Project via the Wildlife Conservation Research Unit at University of Oxford

Campbell Centre for the Study of Animal Welfare. University of Guelph, Guelph Canada.

Department of Environmental Science at University of Botswana, Gaborone Botswana

Evans, Kate (PhD), Elephants for Africa, Botswana and Mammal Research Unit at University of Bristol, United Kingdom.

Government of Botswana (including Ministry of Agriculture; Ministry of Environment, Wildlife & Tourism, Department of Wildlife & National Parks; Ministry of Labour & Home Affairs, Gender Affairs Department).

Guelph Cat Population Task Force, Guelph Canada.

Hovorka, Mark (MSc), Independent Scholar (Biology, Environmental Policy).

Maude, Glyn (PhD), Kalahari Research and Conservation Group, Botswana and Mammal Research Unit at University of Bristol, United Kingdom.

Maun Animal Welfare Society, Maun Botswana.

Petitt, Andrea (PhD), Centre for Gender Research, Uppsala University, Sweden.