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Research Biography

Dr Zoei Sutton is a sociologist specialising in qualitative research with both human and nonhuman animals. Her work  has focussed on critically exploring human-animal relationships, drawing on her sociological expertise to analyse the relationships between human and nonhuman animals through qualitative interviews and observation, surveys and media analysis.

Zoei also has a background in social research and policy evaluation, specialising in qualitative research methods. Most recently she has worked on qualitative and mixed method projects, including the NDIS Plan Utilisation, CALD and Indigenous experiences of housing overcrowding, sex-segregation in the Australian care workforce, remote housing maintenance, Australian votership attitudes towards animals and environment, and evaluation of the cashless debit card.     

Through this research she has examined both micro and macro levels of society to understand the nuances of everyday relationships as experienced by participants, and how these reflect and inform a broader social context

Research Interests

Zoei's research interests include critical animal studies, human-animal-environment entanglements, anthropocentrism, social policy, social inclusion, the complexity and intersectionality of inequality and inclusive methodologies.

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, Choreographing Human-Companion Animal Relationships, Flinders University

Award Date: 30 Jan 2020

External positions

Research Officer, University of Adelaide

1 Sept 201931 Aug 2021


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  • Sociology


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