Dr Jessica Groling



College: College of Social Sciences and International Studies
Discipline: Sociology and Philosophy
Department: Sociology, Philosophy and Anthropology
Research Centre/Unit: EASE - Exeter Anthrozoology and Symbiotic Ethics Working Group

I am a Postdoctoral Research Associate in the Exeter Anthrozoology and Symbiotic Ethics (EASE) Working Group within the Department of Sociology, Philosophy and Anthropology. I am part of the research team on the project "Tails from the Streets", which uses trans-species ethnography to document, understand and help to mitigate the "stray dog problem" in Europe. I also lecture on the undergraduate BA Anthropology course and the MA Anthrozoology.

I was born in Berlin and grew up in a bilingual family. In 2004, I moved to England to study and obtained a 1st Class degree in Geography from the University of Durham (2008) and an MA (Distinction) in Geography (Activism and Social Change) from the University of Leeds (2009). I completed my PhD in Sociology in 2016, funded by a departmental bursary from the University of Exeter. My research centred around media representations of urban foxes and issues of human-wildlife conflict in the context of theories of moral panic and risk.

In 2012 I was awarded the Institute for Critical Animal Studies Britches Scholar of the Year award. I also co-convened the Critical Perspectives on Animals in Society conference at Exeter in March 2012, bringing together over 150 scholars and activists with an interest in human-animal relations and animal advocacy research. I am currently the Co-Director of ICAS Europe, representing and coordinating the Institute for Critical Animal Studies in Europe. I am also a member of the recently-formed Vegan Society Research Advisory Committee. In addition, I work as a freelance German-English translator, specialising in academic material from the social sciences and humanities as well as texts from environmental and human development contexts.