About Dr Dinesh Wadiwel

Research interests include: sovereignty and the nature of rights, violence, race, disability rights and critical animal studies.

Dinesh is a lecturer in human rights and socio-legal studies. He has previously taught in Sociology and Politics at the University of Western Sydney, Macquarie University and the University of Notre Dame Australia.

Dinesh's research interests include sovereignty and the nature of rights, violence, race and critical animal studies. At present he is exploring the way in which non-human animals are constructed within rights discourses, and the possibilities for using contemporary theories of sovereignty to reframe our understanding of violence towards non-humans. The research examines the relationship between non-human life and the political sphere, with the aim of understanding the political dimension of the relationships between humans and non-human animals, and extracting relevant implications for thinking about race, gender and disability.

Dinesh is currently completing a book manuscript for Rodopi Press tentatively titled Animal Sovereignties. He is also co-editor of a proposed volume entitled Foucault and Animals (with Matthew Chrulew) the first volume of its type to bring together work by theorists applying Foucault to understanding human relationships with animals.

Dinesh has 15 years experience working within the non government sector. Between 2002 and 2007 he was employed as Senior Policy Officer at the Council of Social Service of NSW (NCOSS). He has significant experience within the disability rights movement, and was a previous Executive Officer of National Ethnic Disability Alliance (NEDA), the national peak organization representing people from Non English Speaking Backgrounds with disability. Dinesh continues to collaborate with NEDA, working towards rights for migrants and refugees with disability.

Selected publications

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