Jane Johnson is a field philosopher with a long-standing interest in animal ethics, particularly around the use of animals in research. In her work, Jane attempts to reconceptualize how we think about nonhuman animals in ways that aim to improve their treatment.
She divides her time between the University of Sydney, where she is a Research Fellow in the NHMRC Centre of Research Excellence in Emerging Infectious Diseases, and Macquarie University, where Jane teaches in the Department of Philosophy.
Josh Tasoff is an Associate Professor in Claremont Graduate University’s Department of Economic Sciences. He received his PhD in economics from the University of California, Berkeley and his BS from MIT. His research focus is on behavioural economics, a subfield of economics that focuses on enriching economic analysis with psychology. He went vegan for animal welfare reasons in 2008. Convinced that the poor treatment of animals is a key issue of our times, he more recently began a “vegan economics” research agenda. He currently has several projects in progress, some that are in the field using real-purchase data, and some that are stylised and conducted in the lab.
Katie Pak is a lecturer in Medical Education in the Norwich Medical School and is a health professional with a strong interest in lifestyle and preventative medicine, specifically the role of a whole-food, plant-based diet in the prevention and management of illness and chronic disease. Currently, there is a great deal of emerging evidence to support diet modification for improving health outcomes. Therefore, Katie believes that nutrition is integral to health and that it is essential to develop this area of the curriculum in medical education to inform and improve the future practice of our trainee doctors and healthcare professionals. In addition, she thinks it is very important that patients and members of the general public become better informed about the associated risks and benefits of their diet choices in terms of risk of disease but also, more positively, to optimise health and fitness.
Animal Think Tank
Mark Westcombe is a director of Animal Think Tank, a UK organisation established to research and enable the application of Social Movement Theory best practice to Animal Freedom. He is interested in understanding the two dominant Social Movement Theories of Change, notably Mass Mobilising / Nonviolent Civil Disobedience and Structure-based Organising; as well as their integration as Momentum-driven Organising. Specifically, he is engaged in Narrative / Framing research; Strategic Analysis; Movement Culture; Organising methods (governance); and Leadership Development. Animal Think Tank has delivered 1 and 2-day training in Momentum-driven Theory of Change and is developing face to face and online training in other areas. They have also delivered 2 days of talks and training at London and Brighton Vegfest. Longer-term he intends to seed a UK Social Movement Organisation applying the principles of Momentum-driven organising for Animal Freedom using the Story-based Strategy, Structure and Culture DNA framework. Animal Think Tank seeded Animal Rebellion in 2019 as a pilot project to understand some of the key principles. They are currently exploring delivering a 2-week international training course in Social Movement theory best practice for 2022.
Mike Brock is a lecturer in the Economics department at UEA. Specific to the network, his interests lie in people’s attitudes to veganism & plant-based diets and how these are shaped over time. He is open to active research collaboration in this area, and has expertise in both choice and field experimentation, both of which could be viable ways to explore some of the questions above.
With a background in psychology, cognitive science, and animal behaviour and welfare science, Patrizia Setola obtained her PhD in animal ethics in 2017 from University College Dublin, with a thesis entitled 'Ethical Encounters with Sentient Others'. Her main research interests are in animal ethics, moral psychology, and animal cognition. A long-term vegan, she is also involved in animal advocacy and rescue.