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Dr Jessica Groling


Lecturer in Anthrozoology

North Cloisters Club Alley

I am an Anthrozoologist whose primary research interests are united by the theme of transgression: transgressive other-than-human animals (concepts of hybridity, pestilence, invasiveness, liminality) and humans whose transgressive actions harm or advocate for other animals. My methodological specialisms include discourse analysis, digital research methodologies (mobile app technologies), multispecies ethnography, participatory action research (PAR), policy network analysis and rapid evidence assessment. I prioritise collaborative and impact-focused research and have worked for and with a range of clients and partners including Natural England, ICF, Badger Trust and the Society for Companion Animal Studies. 

On the MA Anthrozoology I convene the following modules: 

ANTM100 Animal Mirror: Representations of Animality

ANTM105 Humans and Wildlife: Conflict and Conservation

ANTM109 Animal Criminology

ANTM904 Dissertation


I am a member of the Exeter Anthrozoology as Symbiotic Ethics (EASE) working group, the Badger Trust Scientific Advisory Group, and a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. 

I am the Academic Conduct Officer for the disciplines of Sociology, Philosophy and Anthropology. 

PhD students: 

Bruce Moore - Attitudes towards dogs as companion animals in the post-Covid workplace 

Claire Musser (through Falmouth University) - How remote cameras can shape public perception of Carnivora in urban areas

Irene Perrett - The animal witness: Sharing grief and the power of testimony

Wu Xiaohong - An exploration of the awareness of dairy cattle welfare among post-1990s Chinese urban citizens and their consumption choices in relation to dairy products: a case study from the city of Chengdu 




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