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Alice Wheatley

Alice Wheatley

Philosophy

Alice Wheatley is a UEA English Literature and Philosophy graduate, and a former committee member for the UEA Vegan Society. She is now studying towards an MA in Philosophy at King’s College London. She has interests in Environmental and Animal Ethics, particularly their Literary representation.

Camila Perussello

Camila Perussello

Food Engineering

Camila Perussello, PhD is a food scientist based in Dublin, Ireland. A former researcher at the Irish Food and Agriculture Development Authority and the Technological University Dublin, she now consults for the food industry helping companies transition away from animal use.

Dr. Perussello expertise includes food formulation design, food processing techniques, valorisation of agri-food waste and by-products, and shelf-life extension of food products. Her research also covers the health, environmental and ethical implications of our diet.

Dr. Perussello has published dozens of academic papers and book chapters on food engineering and agricultural science and serves as a peer-reviewer for over 20 renowned scientific journals. She is also the author of Food for Thought (Lantern, 2022), a science-based book on the intersection of food production, animal rights, and a wide range of humanist issues. For more details about her work, please visit www.camilaperussello.com.

Caroline Verfuerth

Caroline Verfuerth

Psychology

Caroline is currently a PhD candidate at the University of Sheffield and Impact Support Officer at the University of Bath’s Psychology Department. She has recently submitted her thesis titled "Sustainable behaviour in the workplace: An investigation of contextual spillover effects from work to home through the lens of Identity Process Theory” in which she investigated the effects of a meat reduction intervention in a workplace on employees’ pro-environmental behaviours at home.
Some findings of her thesis are published in the Journal "Frontiers in Psychology."

She is co-founder of the British Environmental Psychology Society (BrEPS), a UK based network for researchers in environmental psychology and environment and behaviour research.
Her research interests lie in promoting environmentally sustainable lifestyles and in particular sustainable diets and reduction of meat consumption.

Catherine Rowett

Catherine Rowett

Philosophy

Catherine Rowett (formerly publishing as Catherine Osborne) works on ancient philosophy, with a focus on Plato, Aristotle, philosophy before Socrates and also the early Christian period. She is also interested in the history of ideas and attitudes in the West, towards the exploitation of natural resources, including animal husbandry, over the period from antiquity to the present day, and in the role of literature and the imagination in developing moral sensitivity and judgement. Her publications include Dumb Beasts and Dead Philosophers: Humanity and the humane in ancient philosophy and literature (Oxford 2007), and 'Ancient Vegetarianism' in Food in Antiquity, ed. Wilkins, Harvey, Dobson. (Exeter 1995) as well as several articles on Pythagoreanism and reincarnation theories in antiquity. She defends a position against intensive factory farming but in favour of a mixed economy that includes traditional farming practices suitable to the local area, including raising animals for meat and dairy where animals have traditionally been allowed to graze without damaging the ecosystem. She is active in campaigning on environmental issues alongside her academic work.

Corey Wrenn

Corey Wrenn

Sociology

Corey Wrenn is Lecturer of Sociology with the School of Social Policy, Sociology and Social Research (SSPSSR) and Co-Director of the Centre for the Study of Social and Political Movements at the University of Kent. She received her PhD in Sociology from Colorado State University in 2016. She was awarded Exemplary Diversity Scholar, 2016 by the University of Michigan’s National Center for Institutional Diversity. She served as council member with the American Sociological Association’s Animals & Society section (2013-2016), was elected Chair in 2018, and co-founded the International Association of Vegan Sociologists in 2020. She serves as Book Review Editor for Society & Animals and Editor for The Sociological Quarterly is a member of The Vegan Society’s Research Advisory Committee and hosts Sociology & Animals Podcast. Dr Wrenn has been published in several peer-reviewed academic journals including the Journal of Gender Studies, Environmental Values, Feminist Media Studies, Disability & Society, Food, Culture & Society, and Society & Animals. In July 2013, she founded the Vegan Feminist Network, an academic-activist project engaging intersectional social justice praxis. She is the author of A Rational Approach to Animal Rights: Extensions in Abolitionist Theory (Palgrave MacMillan 2016), Piecemeal Protest: Animal Rights in the Age of Nonprofits (University of Michigan Press 2019), and Animals in Irish Society (SUNY Press 2021).

Ellie-Atayee-Bennett

Ellie-Atayee-Bennett

Sociology

Ellie Atayee-Bennett is a PhD researcher in Sociology at the University of Southampton exploring the experiences of Jewish, Christian, and Muslim vegans in the UK and she is funded by the South Coast Doctoral Training Partnership. She is interested in what is distinct about the religious vegan experience and what motivates religious individuals to embrace veganism. She is exploring various themes such as everyday experience, food practices, and understandings of both Abrahamic and vegan beliefs, practices, and values. She hopes her findings will also help to improve vegan advocacy efforts, so we can have more meaningful conversations with religious communities. She has an interdisciplinary supervisory team and draws on theories from sociology, anthropology, and geography in her research. She is a qualitative researcher and in her PhD, she is using a range of research methods, including semi-structured interviews, diary methods, participant observation, and autoethnography.

She is also Co-Founder of the recently founded organisation, Islamic Veg (www.islamicveg.org), which seeks to educate Muslims on a wide range of matters pertaining to veganism and debunk various myths that seem prevalent within the Muslim community.

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