Assoc Prof Nik Taylor

Position/s:Associate Professor
Sociology
 Research Higher Degree Co-ordinator
School of Social and Policy Studies
Phone: +61 8 82012491
Email:
Location: Social Sciences North (311)
Postal address: GPO Box 2100, Adelaide 5001, South Australia

Teaching

Teaching interests

The sociology of human-animal interactions; Green criminology; Violence; Sociology of media; Social theory; Research methods and ethics

Topic Coordinator:

  • SOCI2007  Sociology of Nature and the Environment
  • SOCI2015  Sociology of Deviance
  • SOCI2023  Animals, Nature and Society

Topic Lecturer:

Research and supervision

Research expertise

  • Sociology

Research interests

Human-animal interaction and relationships;
Links between domestic violence, child abuse and violence to companion animals;
Deviance and animal abuse;
Sociology of human-animal interactions;
Social theory, animals and the environment.

Supervisory interests

  • Animal-human relations

RHD research supervision

Current

Principal supervisor: Human-Animal relations and disasters (1); International Medical Graduates (1);

Completion

Principal supervisor: Youth camps and religion (1);

Publications

Books
  • Taylor, N. (2013). Humans, Animals and Society: An Introduction to Human-Animal Studies. New York: Lantern Books.
  • Hamilton, L. and Taylor, N. (2013). Animals at Work: Identity, Politics and Culture in Work with Animals. Boston and Leiden: Brill Academic Publishers. [Link]
Book chapters
  • Taylor, N. and Signal, T. (2013). Animal cruelty and delinquency and criminality. In Brewster, M., & Reyes, C, ed. Animal Cruelty. Durham, NC: Carolina Academic Press, pp. 217-230. [Link]
  • Taylor, N. (2012). Animals, method, mess: Post-humanism, Sociology and animal studies. In L Birke & J Hockenhull, ed. Crossing Boundaries. Boston, USA: Brill, pp. 37-50.
  • Taylor, N. (2011). Anthropomorphism and the Animal Subject. In Rob Boddice, ed. Anthropocentrism: Humans, Animals, Environments. Leiden, The Netherlands: Brill, pp. 265-279. [Link]
  • Taylor, N. (2011). Can Sociology Contribute to the Emancipation of Animals? In Nik Taylor and Tania Signal, ed. Theorizing Animals: Re-thinking Humanimal Relations. Leiden, the Netherlands: Brill, pp. 201-220. [10.1163/ej.9789004202429.i-294.51]
  • Taylor, N. (2011). Thinking about animals. In Nik Taylor and Tania Signal, ed. Theorizing Animals: Re-thinking Humanimal Relations. Leiden, the Netherlands: Brill, pp. 1-17. [10.1163/ej.9789004202429.i-294.8]
  • Taylor, N. and Signal, T. (2009). An overview of the research. In Linzey, A, ed. The Link between Animal Abuse and Human Violence. Brighton, UK: Sussex Academic Press, pp. 297-301.
Refereed journal articles
  • Kemp, K., Signal, T., Botros, H., Taylor, N. and Prentice, K. (2014). Equine Facilitated Therapy with Children and Adolescents Who Have Been Sexually Abused: A Program Evaluation Study. Journal of Child and Family Studies, 23(3) pp. 558-566. [10.1007/s10826-013-9718-1]
  • Hamilton, L. and Taylor, N. (2012). Ethnography in evolution: adapting to the animal "other" in organizations. Journal of Organizational Ethnography, 1(1) pp. 43-51. [10.1108/20466741211220642]

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Books
  • Hamilton, L. and Taylor, N. (2013). Animals at Work: Identity, Politics and Culture in Work with Animals. Boston and Leiden: Brill Academic Publishers. [Link]
  • Taylor, N. (2013). Humans, Animals and Society: An Introduction to Human-Animal Studies. New York: Lantern Books.
Book chapters
  • Fitzgerald, A. and Taylor, N. (2014). The cultural hegemony of meat and the animal industrial complex. In Nik Taylor; Richard Twine, ed. The rise of critical animal studies: from the margin to the centre. London: Routledge, pp. 165-182. [Link]
  • Taylor, N. and Drew, L. (2014). Engaged activist research: challenging apolitical objectivity. In John Sorensen, Anthony J Nocella, Kim Socha, Atsuko Matsuoka, ed. Defining Critical Animal Studies: an Intersectional Social Justice Approach for Liberation. New York: Peter Lang Publishing, pp. 158-177. [Link]
  • Taylor, N. and Signal, T. (2013). Animal cruelty and delinquency and criminality. In Brewster, M., & Reyes, C, ed. Animal Cruelty. Durham, NC: Carolina Academic Press, pp. 217-230. [Link]
  • Taylor, N. (2012). Animals, method, mess: Post-humanism, Sociology and animal studies. In L Birke & J Hockenhull, ed. Crossing Boundaries. Boston, USA: Brill, pp. 37-50.
  • Taylor, N. (2011). Anthropomorphism and the Animal Subject. In Rob Boddice, ed. Anthropocentrism: Humans, Animals, Environments. Leiden, The Netherlands: Brill, pp. 265-279. [Link]
  • Taylor, N. (2011). Thinking about animals. In Nik Taylor and Tania Signal, ed. Theorizing Animals: Re-thinking Humanimal Relations. Leiden, the Netherlands: Brill, pp. 1-17. [10.1163/ej.9789004202429.i-294.8]
  • Taylor, N. (2011). Can Sociology Contribute to the Emancipation of Animals? In Nik Taylor and Tania Signal, ed. Theorizing Animals: Re-thinking Humanimal Relations. Leiden, the Netherlands: Brill, pp. 201-220. [10.1163/ej.9789004202429.i-294.51]
  • Taylor, N. and Signal, T. (2009). An overview of the research. In Linzey, A, ed. The Link between Animal Abuse and Human Violence. Brighton, UK: Sussex Academic Press, pp. 297-301.
  • Taylor, N. and Kearney, J. (2006). The impact of sibling substance misuse on children and young people. In Fiona Harbin, Michael Murphy, ed. Secret lives: Growing with substance : working with children and young people affected by familial substance misuse. Lyme Regis, UK: Russell House Publishing, pp. 126-137.
  • Story, L., Taylor, N., McVeigh, E., Jenkinson, C. and Kennedy, S. (2005). Assessing health status in neurology. In D. Olive, ed. Endometriosis in Clinical Practice. London: Taylor and Francis, pp. 161-172.
Refereed journal articles
  • Daly, B., Taylor, N. and Signal, T. (2014). Pups & Babes: Quantifying Sources of Difference in Emotional and Behavioral Reactions to Accounts of Human and Animal Abuse. Anthrozoos, [Link]
  • Kemp, K., Signal, T., Botros, H., Taylor, N. and Prentice, K. (2014). Equine Facilitated Therapy with Children and Adolescents Who Have Been Sexually Abused: A Program Evaluation Study. Journal of Child and Family Studies, 23(3) pp. 558-566. [10.1007/s10826-013-9718-1]
  • Signal, T., Ghea, V., Taylor, N. and Acutt, D. (2013). When do psychologists pay attention to children harming animals? Human-Animal Interaction Bulletin, 1(2) pp. 82-97.
  • Signal, T., Taylor, N., Botros, H., Prentice, K. and Lazarus, K. (2013). Whispering to horses: Childhood sexual abuse, depression and the efficacy of Equine Facilitated Therapy. Sexual Abuse in Australia and New Zealand: An Interdisciplinary Journal, 5(1) pp. 24-32. [Link]
  • Richards, E., Signal, T. and Taylor, N. (2013). A Different Cut? Comparing Attitudes toward Animals and Propensity for Aggression within Two Primary Industry Cohorts-Farmers and Meatworkers. Society and Animals, 21(4) pp. 395-413. [Link]
  • Kavanagh, P., Signal, T. and Taylor, N. (2013). The Dark Triad and animal cruelty: Dark personalities, dark attitudes, and dark behaviours. Personality and Individual Differences, 55(6) pp. 666-670. [Link]
  • Rice, S., Washington, P., Signal, T. and Taylor, N. (2012). An analysis of domestic violence presenting to FRCs at intake and assessment. Australasian Dispute Resolution Journal, 23(2) pp. 89-98. [Link]
  • Prentice, K., Signal, T. and Taylor, N. (2012). What's the buzz?: Bumblebees - a therapeutic preschool for abused children. Sexual Abuse in Australia and New Zealand: An Interdisciplinary Journal, 4(1) pp. 11-21. [Link]
  • Hamilton, L. and Taylor, N. (2012). Ethnography in evolution: adapting to the animal "other" in organizations. Journal of Organizational Ethnography, 1(1) pp. 43-51. [10.1108/20466741211220642]
  • Hazel, S., Signal, T. and Taylor, N. (2011). Can Teaching Veterinary and Animal-Science Students about Animal Welfare Affect Their Attitude toward Animals and Human-Related Empathy? Journal of Veterinary Medical Education, 38(1) pp. 74-83. [10.3138/jvme.38.1.74]
  • Taylor, N. (2011). Criminology and Human-Animal Violence Research: The Contribution and the Challenge. Critical Criminology, 19(3) pp. 251-263. [10.1007/s10612-010-9124-6]
  • Taylor, N. (2010). Animal shelter emotion management: a case of in situ hegemonic resistance? Sociology, 44(1) pp. 85-101. [doi:10.1177/0038038509351629]
  • Taylor, N. and Signal, T. (2009). "Lock 'em up and throw away the key?" Community opinions regarding current animal abuse penalties. Australian Animal Protection Law Journal, 3 pp. 33-52. [Link]
  • Taylor, N. and Signal, T. (2009). Pet, pest, profit: isolating differences in attitudes towards the treatment of animals. Anthrozoos, 22(2) pp. 129-135. [doi:10.2752/175303709X434158]
  • Taylor, N. and Signal, T. (2009). Willingness to pay : Australian consumers and 'on the farm' welfare. Journal of Applied Animal Welfare Science, 12(4) pp. 345-359. [doi:10.1080/10888700903163658]
  • Arbour, R., Signal, T. and Taylor, N. (2009). Teaching kindness : the promise of humane education. Society & Animals, 17(2) pp. 136-148. [doi:10.1163/156853009X418073]
  • Taylor, N. and Signal, T. (2008). Throwing the baby out with the bathwater: towards a sociology of the human-animal abuse 'link' Sociological Research Online, 13(1-2) [Link]
  • Signal, T. and Taylor, N. (2008). Propensity to report intimate partner violence in Australia: community demographics. Behavior and Social Issues, 17(1) pp. 8-19.
  • Taylor, N. (2007). 'Never an it': intersubjectivity and the creation of animal personhood in animal shelters. Qualitative Sociological Review, 3(1) pp. 59-73. [Link]
  • Signal, T. and Taylor, N. (2007). Attitude to animals and empathy: comparing animal protection and general community samples. Anthrozoos, 20(2) pp. 125-130. [doi:10.2752/175303707X207918]
  • Taylor, N. (2007). Human-animal studies: a challenge to social boundaries? Proteus, 24(1) pp. 1-5.
  • Jones, G., Jenkinson, C., Taylor, N., Mills, A. and Kennedy, S. (2006). Measuring quality of life in women with endometriosis: Tests of data quality, score reliability, response rate and scaling assumptions of the Endometriosis Health Profile Questionnaire. Human Reproduction, 21(10) pp. 2686-2693.
  • Signal, T. and Taylor, N. (2006). Attitudes to animals in the animal protection community compared to a normative community sample. Society & Animals, 14(3) pp. 265-274. [doi:10.1163/156853006778149181]
  • Signal, T. and Taylor, N. (2006). Attitudes to animals: demographics within a community sample. Society & Animals, 14(2) pp. 147-157. [doi:10.1163/156853006776778743]
  • Taylor, N. and Signal, T. (2006). Community demographics and the propensity to report animal cruelty. Journal of Applied Animal Welfare Science, 9(3) pp. 201-210. [DOI:10.1207/s15327604jaws0903_2]
  • Taylor, N., Signal, T. and Stark, T. (2006). Australia domestic violence, child abuse and companion animal harm: service provision. Journal of Home Economics Institute of Australia, 13(1) pp. 2-5. [Link]
  • Taylor, N. and Signal, T. (2005). Empathy and attitudes to animals. Anthrozoos, 18(1) pp. 18-27.
  • Taylor, N. and Kearney, J. (2005). Researching hard-to reach populations: privileged access interviewers and drug using parents. Sociological Research Online, 10(2) [Link]
  • Taylor, N. (2005). Luddites or limits? Animal rights activists attitudes towards science. Journal of Critical Animal Studies, 3(1) pp. 1-16. [Link]
  • Taylor, N. and Signal, T. (2004). Attitudes to animals: an indicator of interpersonal violence? Journal of Home Economics Institute of Australia, 11(3) pp. 9-12. [Link]
  • Taylor, N. (2004). In it for the nonhuman animals: animal welfare, moral certainty, and disagreements. Society & Animals, 12(4) pp. 317-339. [doi:10.1163/1568530043068047]
Journal articles
  • Taylor, N. (2012). Review of Pachirat, T., Every Twelve Seconds: Industrialized Slaughter and the Politics of Sight. Anthrozoos, 25(3) pp. 388-390. [10.2752/175303712X13403555186532]
Conference publications
  • Taylor, N. (2012). From gate to plate: perspectives on contemporary food production and animal welfare. The Arts and Sciences of Human - Animal Interaction. Cambridge UK. Jul 2012.
Other public research outputs
  • Taylor, N. and Twine, R. (2014). The rise of critical animal studies: from the margin to the centre. The rise of critical animal studies: from the margin to the centre. London: Routledge. [Link]
  • Taylor, N. (2012). Reversing Meat-Eating Culture to Combat Climate Change, pp. 3-12. [Link]
  • Taylor, N. and Signal, T. (2011). Editors. Nik Taylor and Tania Signal, ed. Theorizing Animals: Re-Thinking Humanimal Relations. Leiden and Boston: Brill. 11

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Professional and community engagement

Public Lecture, Addressing Animal Abuse: Reflections and Future Directions, NZCHAS and Minding Animals Pre-Conference event. University of Canterbury, Sept 21st 2011.

'Human, All too Human', commentary on animal rights and The Rise of the Planet of the Apes, The Guardian, August 2011, http://www.guardian.co.uk/science/blog/2011/aug/19/rise-planet-apes-animal-rights

The Claws Come Out,' The Australian, January 2011, article regarding animal abuse, http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/features/the-claws-come-out/story-e6frg8h6-1225986370370

Expertise for media contact

  • crime and animal abuse
  • human-animal violence links
  • animal welfare
  • green criminology

Further information

Managing Editor (Social Sciences), Society & Animals
Associate Board Member, Sociology
Editorial Board Member, Sociological Research Online; Anthrozoos; Journal for Critical Animal Studies

Associate, New Zealand Centre for Human-Animal Studies http://www.nzchas.canterbury.ac.nz/
Executive Committee Member, Minding Animals Australia http://www.mindinganimals.com/
Charter Scholar, Animals & Society Institute, http://www.animalsandsociety.org/scholar/n_taylor 
Institute for Critical Animal Studies Oceania Co-Director, http://www.criticalanimalstudies.org/about/icas-australia/ 

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