Non-Human Animals and Ethics

Program Director

Dr Chris Degeling

Sydney Researchers

Dr Rob Irvine
A/Prof Ian Kerridge
Bronwen Morrell
A/Prof Melanie Rock
Cheryl Travers


Rock M, & Degeling C. Public Health Ethics and a Status for Pets as Person-Things: Revisiting the Place of Animals in Urbanized Societies. Journal of Bioethical Inquiry. (2013) DOI: 10.1007/s11673-013-9478-z

Rock M, Degeling C, & Blue G. Toward stronger theory in critical public health: Insights from debates surrounding posthumanism. Critical Public Health. (2013): 1-12 DOI: 10.1080/09581596.2013.827325

Degeling C, & Rock M. “It was not just a walking experience”: reflections on the role of care in dog-walking. Health Promotion International. (2013) 28 (3): 397-406

Degeling C, Kerridge I, & Rock M. What to think of canine obesity? Emerging challenges to our understanding of human-animal health relationships. Social Epistemology (2013) 27 (1): 90-104

Degeling C, & Johnson J. Evaluating Animal Models: Some Taxonomic Worries. The Journal of Medicine and Philosophy, 38 (2): 91-106.

Rock M. Pet bylaws and posthumanist health promotion: A case study of urban policy. Critical Public Health. (2013) 23 (2): 201-212

Degeling C, & Kerridge I. Hendra in the news: public policy meets public morality at a time of zoonotic uncertainty. Social Science & Medicine (2013) 82: 156-63.

Irvine R. Conservation Through Sustainable Use. Journal of Bioethical Inquiry. 2012:1-2.

Irvine R, Degeling C, & Kerridge I. Uncanny Animals: thinking otherwise about ethics and the human animal relationship. The American Journal of Bioethics. (2012) 12: 30-32

Johnson J, & Degeling C. Animals-as-patients: improving the practice of animal experimentation. Between the Species. (2012) 15: 43-58

Degeling C, Burton L, & McCormack G. An investigation of socio-demographic and breed related factors associated with the amount of walking dogs receive. Canadian Journal of Veterinary Research. (2012) 76: 235-240

Degeling C. Narrative medicine: learning through stories. Veterinary Record (2012) 170: 522-23.

Degeling C, & Rock M. Owning the Problem: Media portrayals of overweight dogs and the shared determinants of the health of human and companion animal populations. Anthrozöos. (2012) 25 (1): 35-48.

Competitive Grants

2015-2016 Canadian Institutes of Health Research, Open Operating Grant (CIHR).
Social justice and pet ownership: A qualitative inquiry to improve population health and advance public health ethics.
$342,756 CAD. Principal Investigators: Rock M. Co-Investigators: Adams C, & Degeling C. Stakeholder Partnerships: Calgary Food Bank and City of Calgary - Animal & Bylaw Services

2014 Cross Discipline Collaboration Seed Funding: “Implementing One Biosecurity: Public Values and Emerging Infectious Disease in Australia”. School of Public Health, University of Sydney.
$4,000 AUD. Degeling C, Gilbert L, Wilson A, Kerridge I.

2013 DVC Research Network Scheme (SyReNS): Human Animal Research Network, The University of Sydney.
$40,000 AUD. Probyn-Rapsey F, Belov K, Black C, Degeling C, Fawcett A, Irvine R, Johnston J, Lea T, Kindt J, Michael M.