School of Sociology and Social Policy

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Natalia Ciecierska-Holmes

Postgraduate Research Student,



I am on a joint PhD program between the University of Adelaide and the University of Nottingham. I received an MA in European Studies from the University of Bath and the Humboldt University Berlin, graduating with distinction in 2018. To prepare for my PhD project, I completed a second MA in Social Science Research Training at the Humboldt University. My MA studies predominantly focused on environmental politics, alternative food networks and human-nature relations. I am now expanding my interests in alternative food and diets to explore feeding non-human companion animals.

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Social science research methods

Research Summary

Project title: Raw Feeding for Dogs in the UK and Australia: A Social and Ethical Cross-Cultural Comparison

This inter-disciplinary project explores the phenomenon of feeding raw meat-based diets to dogs, which has become increasingly popular in recent years. By examining the values and practices of raw feeders who themselves eat plant-based diets, it seeks to understand the social and ethical aspects of decision-making around food and health. Adopting a qualitative comparative approach and more-than-talk methodologies, the empirical fieldwork involves feeding diaries and online interviews with dog guardians in the UK and Australia. The project is relevant for the role of human-companion animal relations in shifting dietary practices in the Anthropocene, which is of interest to veterinary professionals, One Health organisations, and those promoting animal welfare.

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