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Research Biography

A/Prof Nik Taylor has been researching human-animal relations for over 15 years. She is an award winning author who has published 4 books and over 50 journal articles and book chapters on the human-pet bond; treatment of animals and animal welfare; links between human aggression and animal cruelty; slaughterhouses; meat-eating, and, animal shelter work.  She has written for diverse audiences including, The Guardian, The Drum, The Conversation as well as numerous blogs and websites. More information can be found at: Animals in Society Working Group

Research Interests

Human-animal interaction and relationships;

Links between domestic violence, child abuse and violence to companion animals;

Deviance and animal abuse;

Animals in human service organisations;

Social work practice and animals;

Sociology of human-animal interactions;

Social theory, animals and the environment.

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Research Output

Child safety in policy: Who is being kept safe and from what?

Powell, M. A., Graham, A., Canosa, A., Anderson, D., Moore, T., Robinson, S., Thomas, N. P. & Taylor, N., 22 Mar 2020, In : Social Policy and Administration. 19 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • 2 Citations (Scopus)

    Domestic violence and companion animals in the context of LGBT people’s relationships

    Taylor, N., Fraser, H. & Riggs, D. W., 1 Sep 2019, In : Sexualities. 22, 5-6, p. 821-836 16 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • 1 Citation (Scopus)

    People of Diverse Genders and/or Sexualities Caring For and Protecting Animal Companions in the Context of Domestic Violence

    Taylor, N., Riggs, D. W., Donovan, C., Signal, T. & Fraser, H., 1 Jul 2019, In : Violence Against Women. 25, 9, p. 1096-1115 20 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • 2 Citations (Scopus)

    Service provider recognition of the significance of animal companionship among trans and cisgender women of diverse sexualities

    Fraser, H., Bartholomaeus, C., Riggs, D. W., Taylor, N. & Rosenberg, S., 7 Feb 2019, In : Culture, Health and Sexuality. 22, 1, p. 16-30 15 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • 1 Citation (Scopus)

    People of Diverse Genders and/or Sexualities and Their Animal Companions: Experiences of Family Violence in a Binational Sample

    Riggs, D. W., Taylor, N., Signal, T., Fraser, H. & Donovan, C., 1 Dec 2018, In : JOURNAL OF FAMILY ISSUES. 39, 18, p. 4226-4247 22 p.

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  • 4 Citations (Scopus)