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This project will undertake a deep-time and cross-cultural investigation to uncover the roots of animal feeding and critique the benefits/risks for all concerned

“Do Not Feed the Animals?” PhD studentships announced

We’re delighted to announce two studentships as part of a new Wellcome funded project, From ‘Feed The Birds’ to ‘Do Not Feed the Animals’? (DNFTA).  DNFTA is an interdisciplinary collaboration between CRPR’s Dr. Angela Cassidy and the Department of Archaeology at Exeter; University of Roehampton (Anthropology), University of Reading (Geography and Environmental Science), and National Museums of Scotland (Department of Natural Sciences).   DNFTA is working across disciplines - and with third sector partners - to investigate the human fascination with feeding animals - and explore the consequences of this feeding for the shared health of humans, other animals and wider environments.

 Our PhD studentships will be co-supervised by CRPR and DNFTA staff.  The first project, ‘Following Animal Feed: Nutrition, regulation and industry’, will investigate the contemporary governance of animal feed industries; while the second project, ‘Feeding Time at the Zoo: From postwar to the present day’, will investigate changing expertise and practices of animal feeding in zoos.  There are two further DNFTA PhD studentships in Anthropology available at the University of Roehampton.

We are looking for outstanding candidates with interesting research ideas and lots of enthusiasm for collaboration, policy and public engagement.  To apply for these projects, you must have at least a 2:1 Honours degree in any subject, plus a Masters degree (or equivalent research experience) in a social science subject (project i); social science or humanities (project ii). The studentships are for three years, starting in January 2021 andwill cover current UK home fees, plus a maintenance stipend at the current Wellcome Trust rate.

For informal enquiries about these studentship, please contact

Closing date: 30th November 2020

Date: 11 November 2020