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Emelia Quinn

Emelia Quinn

Literature & Media

Emelia Quinn is a DPhil candidate in the English Faculty at the University of Oxford and recently submitted her thesis, entitled "The Monstrous Vegan: Reading Veganism in Literature, 1818 to Present." She is co-editor of Thinking Veganism in Literature and Culture: Towards a Vegan Theory (Palgrave Macmillan, 2018). Her work focuses on the intersections between vegan theory, animal studies, and queer theory.

She is currently convening the special option module "An Unnatural History: Animals in Modern Western Art" in the Department of Art History, Curating and Visual Studies at the University of Birmingham. In addition, her paper "Notes on Vegan Camp" is forthcoming with PMLA.

Helen Pallett

Helen Pallett

Human Geography

Helen Pallett is a lecturer in the Human Geography of the Environment in the School of Environmental Sciences at UEA. Her research is concerned with public participation and engagement around environmental and science policy issues. Most of her research to date has focussed on public participation related to climate change and UK low carbon energy transitions, but she also has emerging interests in other social innovations for sustainability such as veganism or sustainable fashion, as well as the increasing adoption of digital technologies in orchestrating and organising public participation. Her research draws on approaches from science and technology studies (STS) and human geography. She is a member of the Science, Society & Sustainability (3S) research group which conducts interdisciplinary social science research and teaching about societal innovations for sustainability.

She is a member of the Science & Democracy Network and a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society. Helen teaches both undergraduates and masters students, covering topics related to public participation and science policy, sustainability, low carbon transitions, knowledge, governance, and social difference.

Jane Johnson

Jane Johnson

Philosophy

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.

Jessica Murray

Jessica Murray

Literature: Feminist and Queer Theory

Jessica Murray is a full professor in the Department of English Studies at the University of South Africa. As a Commonwealth Scholar, she received her PhD from the University of York, where she was based in the Centre for Women's Studies. Although she is primarily trained as a feminist and queer theorist, she has been increasingly interested in the multifaceted ways in which these concerns intersect with her commitment to animal welfare and the environment more broadly. Veganism has been growing in the South African context, but she believes that it needs a stronger scholarly presence in our African higher education environment. She aims to help shape these emerging scholarly conversations by engaging with literary iterations of veganism and representations of animals from the context of the Global South.

Josh Tasoff

Josh Tasoff

Economics

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

Katie Pak

Nutrition

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.

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