Understanding Individual Behaviour through human/animal relations

Lead Research Organisation: University of Exeter
Department Name: Geography


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Description This award allowed for the running of a series of seminars and workshops looking in a broader sense at the influence of human/animal interactions of human behaviour. The project ran from June 2009 to July 2010 involving partners from the Universities of Reading and Bristol. The aim, in part, was to bring together and to consolidate thinking on how the 'bio' (here in the form of the 'animal') and bio-politics impact upon human behaviour in a systematic way.
Exploitation Route This award was specifically designed to bring different academic and other actors together under the UIBEN program me with the aim of developing research ideas and intentions for the better understanding of human behavior. The project formed the basis for the development of a series of research questions and ideas which have subsequently alimented further research projects, ideas and awards.
Sectors Agriculture, Food and Drink,Environment,Healthcare,Leisure Activities, including Sports, Recreation and Tourism

Description The principal impacts of this research network project were achieved through the individual workshops, attended on average by 30 people), through the final conference (50 registered participants) and through the dissemination of Working Papers. Through practitioners from veterinary science, human and animal care, wildlife management and zoos, we shared the impacts of the Network across the scientific and practitioner communities. Within the human/animal studies community, the Network achieved a significant profile as a forum for the exchange and development of creative, interdisciplinary reflection with important feedback to ongoing research (for example in the field of animal therapy and the use of animals in human care) and future research development (for example in developing applications for human-pet relations and individual behaviour). One, more specific output of the research Network has been the establishment of inter-disciplinary supervisory teams for a number of PhDs. The Final Conference included a keynote presentation from the writer Ruth Padel extending the reach of the Network to the Arts and Humanities. Since the formal end of the grant period, we have maintained the Network informally. The growing interest in human-animal studies, the emergence of new Journals dedicated to this area and the proliferation of international conferences on this theme has provided occasions for the continuation of the Network's aims and draws attention to the Network's role and achievements. The Network, though no longer supported by research funds, is an official partner to a recent application by French academics to the Agence Nationale de la Recherche to establish a similar structure in France.
First Year Of Impact 2010
Sector Agriculture, Food and Drink
Impact Types Cultural,Societal