Professor emeritus Dr Lisa Kemmerer is an Honorary Fellow internationally known for her work on behalf of animals, the environment and disempowered human beings. She has authored more than 100 articles and 9 books, including “Animals and World Religions”, “Animals and Environment” and “Eating Earth: Environmental Ethics and Dietary Choice”. For more information, please visit lisakemmerer.com.
Rebecca is a graduate student in Anthrozoology at the University of Exeter. Their research focuses on how ecocentric Asian elephant tourism camps in Myanmar construct the image of a ‘retirement sanctuary’ for lumber industry elephants that have been laid off or injured. They believe that recognition of these elephant individuals as workers in multi-species workplaces, and thus contributors to a multi-species society, can positively impact their wellbeing. Rebecca’s academic background is in Social and Cultural Anthropology, having earned a B.A. from Memorial University of Newfoundland with a specific focus on systems of oppression and the ways in which various groups become marginalised by the individualistic agenda of late-stage capitalism. Their academic and advocacy work aims to expose the fallacy of ‘invisible’ struggles, instead highlighting the ways that certain classes of human and morethanhuman animals are consciously and actively erased. Rebecca is also the co-host of The Shifting Lens podcast, a project which aims to make critical Anthrozoological concepts more accessible to non-academics.
Tiamat Warda is a PhD candidate in anthrozoology at the University of Exeter and part of the Exeter Anthrozoology as Symbiotic Ethics (EASE) working group. Her research defines the emotional labour in relationships between guide dog instructors and guide dogs during their shared work-lives. Professionally, she acts as a research consultant and partner in a KA2-Erasmus+ EU-programme concerning a standardised education and certification for assistance dog trainers, as well as an anthrozoologist at Pfotenpiloten. Her research interests are predominantly concerned with animal labour studies, in particular interspecies emotional labour, collaboration, and humane jobs.
Pablo Pérez Castelló is a PhD candidate at the School of Humanities, Royal Holloway (University of London). His thesis in Philosophy focuses on understanding the importance of human language in producing human dominion over animals, and the role animal languages can play in relation to the participation of animals in political decision-making processes and the construction of zoodemocratic systems. Pablo has also conducted research at the Cambridge Centre for Animal Rights Law, where he has explored how the Constitution of the Commonwealth of Australia should change in light of the argument advanced by Sue Donaldson and Will Kymlicka that wild animals should have a right to self-determination. His interests include ecofeminism, postcolonialism, critical race theory, critical disability studies and critical animal studies.
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.
Eva Bernet Kempers (1993) studied anthropology, green criminology and international environmental law at Utrecht University, the Netherlands. She conducted anthropological fieldwork in Guatemala and Peru, studying the impacts of mining in local communities. In 2019, she started her PhD-research at Antwerp University, focusing on the changing position of the animal in law from an interdisciplinary perspective. Her aim is to develop a legal principle of animal dignity.