About Us

The Human Animal Research Network (HARN) at the University of Sydney was formed in 2011. It is a cross-faculty research group comprising members from the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, Faculty of Science, Faculty of Veterinary Science and the Sydney Law School HARN is an important contributor to the emergent field of Animal Studies, both in Australia and internationally. This field of study serves as a bridge between the social sciences and sciences, and the structure of our group reflects this. Species extinctions, environmental degradation, as well as recent controversies surrounding Hendra virus, flying foxes, avian flu and Live Exports highlight the fact that significant problems emerge when public understandings, scientific innovation and legal frameworks are out of step with each other. The disciplines of human-animal studies, law, veterinary science, cultural studies and public health meet at this point ­– each concerned with questions such as:

  • How does contact between humans and other species shape and reflect social relations in modern societies?
  • How do humans and animals share places and spaces?
  • How does human-animal interaction effect health, wellbeing and species survival?

Dr Fiona Probyn-Rapsey
Dr Dinesh Wadiwel


The Honourable Michael D. Kirby AC CMG