Research

Guiding Emotions

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.

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"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. 

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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. 

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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. 

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