Nickie Charles is Director of the Centre for the Study of Women and Gender at the University of Warwick and Principal Investigator on the Leverhulme-funded project ‘Shaping inter-species connectedness’. She has published widely on many aspects of gender including feminist social movements, the gendered division of paid and unpaid work and the refuge movement. She has a long-standing interest in how inter-species relationships are shaped and, in 2009, commissioned a Mass Observation directive which explored different dimensions of human-animal relations. She has investigated inter-species kinship, the circumstances in which animals come to be regarded as kin and whether this indicates the emergence of post-human families. She is also exploring the effects of introducing PAT dogs into universities to reduce stress amongst students and is particularly interested in how the dogs themselves are affected by their experiences. She and Carol Wolkowitz have written a paper which is to be published in Gender, Work and Organization later this year entitled ‘Bringing dogs onto campus: inclusions and exclusions of animal bodies in organisations’.
This new project, ‘Shaping inter-species connectedness: training cultures and the emergence of new forms of human-animal relations’, is an opportunity to consolidate and build on her earlier research into human-animal relations and to engage with a more animal-centred methodology drawing on expertise from disciplines in the social and natural sciences. Nickie has published two books on related topics: Nature, Society and Environmental Crisis (edited with Bob Carter), Wiley Blackwell/The Sociological Review, 2010, and Human and other animals (edited with Bob Carter), Palgrave, 2011.
You can contact Nickie via email: nickie dot charles at warwick dot ac dot uk