My doctoral research in anthrozoology, at the University of Exeter, aims to define and analyse the emotional labour of guide dogs and their instructors, with a guide dog school in Ireland acting as a case study.
"Jingle Bells": How do bells affect the well-being, safety, and identity of guide dog teams?
Some visually impaired individuals will attach a small bell to their guide dog’s collar in order to locate them acoustically. This research analysed how bells can impact the well-being, communication, and safety of guide dog teams. The ways in which bells alter and are entangled with personal, social, collective identities was explored.
Dis/Ability: A discussion on creating more accessible employment for disabled assistance dog trainers.
This paper initiates a dialogue around creating more inclusive employment opportunities for disabled assistance dog trainers by questioning potential challenges and benefits for nonhuman and human actors within the assistance dog sector.
Nonhuman Animals as Symbols in the #BlackLivesMatter Protests of 2020
This study is an equal collaboration between three members of the EASE (Exeter Anthrozoology as Symbiotic Ethics) working group at the University of Exeter: Tom Aiello, Kris Hill, and myself, Tiamat Warda.