A high-impact centre dedicated to the advancement of animal welfare science.

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About us

The Centre for Animal Welfare is an interdisciplinary centre that undertakes research, teaching and public engagement in the field of animal welfare.

Animal welfare is a broad term. It includes the subfields of animal welfare science, animal ethics, and animal law and policy. Animal welfare science involves using scientific methods (particularly physiological and behavioural indicators) to assess animals' welfare states in various settings. The knowledge so derived informs ethical analysis and in turn the evolution of animal law and policy.

CAW provides a collaborative hub for academics and academic organisations interested in animal welfare issues. In addition to traditional research and knowledge dissemination through academic publications, presentations and educational programmes, we also seek to engage with wider society, particularly through our seminar series on important or interesting animal welfare issues. Through such engagement we aim to increase knowledge and understanding about animal welfare and animal use practices within society at large. 

CAW is based in the Department of Politics and Society in the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences. It has partnerships with Compassion in World FarmingInternational Fund for Animal Welfare and through CAW, the University is a signatory to the CreatureKind commitment. CAW also provides on-campus animal welfare events, specifically aimed at University of Winchester staff and students.

Meet the team

  • Prof. Andrew Knight, CAW Director and Professor of Animal Welfare and Ethics
  • Dr Steven McCulloch, Senior Lecturer in Human-Animal Studies
  • Dr Robert Gray, Lecturer in Environmental History
  • Prof. Anna King, Professor of Theology, Religious Studies and Philosophy
  • Neil Messer, Professor of Theology
  • Dr Thomas Nørgaard, Senior Lecturer in Liberal Arts
  • Dr Lisa Riley, Lecturer in Animal Welfare
  • Dr Amoret Whitaker, Senior Lecturer in Forensic Studies

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