About

Our Programme

Humans’ relationship with nature and fellow animals is critical: we are living the sixth mass extinction, climate change threatens all forms of life on a global scale, and an abysmal number of animals suffer terrible lives in factory farms, aquaculture facilities, laboratories and other captive environments. Continued industrialisation and the overexploitation of both domesticated animals and natural resources are not only unsustainable, they have stripped humans from their animality and animals from their selves and habitats. Abusive and harmful practices put the health of humans and other animals alike at great risk, and threaten the survival of wild animals’ communities, their cultures and their habitats. Fellow animals have personalities, forge relationships and have their own modes of social organisations and communication, that are disrupted by human activities in many ways. Our relationship with other animals and the rest of nature has to change.

As a result of this alarming situation and born out of our desire to provide viable solutions, the focus of the Animals & Biodiversity programme is to provide meaningful insights on animal studies from a global perspective, and influence policy-making to achieve interspecies justice and build a multi-species society by relying on our core values: equality, solidarity, compassion, and care. Our aim is to highlight the connections between various issues concerning Animals & Biodiversity, bringing together diverse academic fields such as Animal Law, Anthrozoology, Philosophy, Environmental Law, Animal Ethics, and Animal Welfare Science. We strive to adopt an anti-anthropocentric and intersectional approach that welcomes insights from critical race theory, disability studies, ecofeminism, post-colonial theory, and critical animal studies.

We provide updates on recent developments on Animals & Biodiversity through the publication of many resources, including recommended readings on topical issues, blog posts, working papers, information on upcoming events and current initiatives; and by organizing events such as roundtables, panel discussions, conversations, book talks, seminars and workshops. We disseminate information concerning these activities through Facebook and Twitter (@Animals_GRN). You can join the conversation by using the hashtag: #GRNAnimals_Biodiversity. Each of our monthly themes has a unique hashtag for more specific engagement. Follow us and stay tuned for Animals & Biodiversity!

Fellows

Marine Lercier

Fellow

Lead for GRN Think Tank Programme in Animals & Biodiversity

Marine is a French lawyer specialized in International and European Law. After an international experience in Human Rights Law, Warfare Law and Transitional Justice, she earned a master’s degree in Animal Law & Society with honors at the Autonomous University of Barcelona. She wished to complete her training with the ambition of advocating, researching and implementing animal rights in addition to human rights after becoming aware of the interconnectedness of these issues, and the relationship between human and animal health and welfare. She therefore strives to adopt an intersectional and anti-speciesist approach to legal research. She is a PhD candidate (Global Law and Human Security) and pre-doctoral researcher at the Autonomous University of Barcelona, where she taught Animal Welfare Law and Roman Law. Her research focuses on Global Animal Law, Animal Labour and Racehorse Welfare with the aim of improving the welfare of racehorses and their protection at the end of their career. She actively researches and advocates for the decommodification of animals and the recognition of their legal status as non-human persons with rights to empower them in the human-animal society.

Dr Yoriko Otomo

Fellow

Global Research Network

I am a Fellow at the Royal Society of Arts, a Research Associate at SOAS, Governor for the Network for International Law Students, member of the Global Animal Law Expert Group, and I am on the Board of Minding Animals International. I am a Series Editor for Anthem Press, on the editorial board of the Australian Feminist Law Journal, and an External Examiner for universities in the UK. I live in England with my beloved partner, three sons, three hens and two cats.​

Junior Fellows

Rebecca Madrid

Junior Fellow

Graduate Student in Anthrozoology at the University of Exeter

Rebecca is a graduate student in Anthrozoology at the University of Exeter and co-host of The Shifting Lens podcast, which aims to make critical Anthrozoological concepts more accessible to non-academics. Rebecca’s research focuses on how ecocentric Asian elephant tourism camps in Myanmar construct the image of a ‘retirement sanctuary’ for those lumber industry elephants that have been laid off or injured. They believe that recognition of these elephant individuals as workers in multi-species workplaces can positively impact their wellbeing.

Jerico Fiestas Flores

Junior Fellow

PhD Candidate in agricultural and resource economics at the University of Alberta (Canada)

Jerico Fiestas Flores is a peruvian PhD Candidate in agricultural and resource economics at the University of Alberta (Canada). His research focuses on the economics of land and water reclamation, as well as animal welfare and food security. He is a bachelor in Economics by the Pacific University (Peru) and a MSc. in Ecological Economics by the Autonomous University of Barcelona (Spain). He has experience working in public institutions and non-profit organizations in Latin America, North America and Europe.