Associate Professor Nik Taylor

Academic Status

College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences

place Humanities Building (353)
GPO Box 2100, Adelaide 5001, South Australia

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


BA (Hons.) Social Science (Sociology), Manchester Metropolitan University

PhD Sociology, MMU 

Honours, awards and grants

1. Choice Outstanding Academic Title Award, 2014 for The Rise Of Critical Animal Studies, (eds.)

2. Emerald Literati Award for Excellence, 2013, for Ethnography in evolution: adapting to the animal "other" in organizations, Journal of  Organizational Ethnography, 1(1). 

Research expertise
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.

Teaching interests
The sociology of human-animal interactions; Green criminology; Violence; Sociology of media; Social theory; Research methods and ethics
Topic coordinator
SOCI2023 Animals, Nature and Society
SOCI2015 Sociology of Deviance
SOCI2007 Sociology of Nature and the Environment
Topic lecturer
SOCI1001 Introduction to Sociology
Supervisory interests
Animal-human relations
Higher degree by research supervision
Principal supervisor: Human-Animal relations and disasters (1), Companion animals and disposability (1), Gender performance in music subcultures (1), Companion animals and the elderly (1), Restoriative justice and youth violence (1)
Principal supervisor: Youth camps and religion (1)
Expert for media contact
animal welfare
crime and animal abuse
green criminology
human-animal violence links
Available for contact via
Or contact the media team
+61 8 82012092
0427 398 713
  • animal welfare
  • crime and animal abuse
  • green criminology
  • human-animal violence links
Further information

Co-convenor Animals in Society Working Group

Managing Editor (Social Sciences), Society & Animals

Editorial Board Member, Anthrozoos; Journal for Critical Animal Studies

Associate, New Zealand Centre for Human-Animal Studies

Executive Committee Member, Australasian Animal Studies Association

Charter Scholar, Animals & Society Institute,

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