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Message posted on 13/11/2020

PhD studentships: Do Not Feed the Animals?

Four PhD studentships are available on the anthropology, governance and history of bird feeding, feed industries and zoo feeding, as part of a new Wellcome Trust funded project, From ‘Feed The Birds’ to ‘Do Not Feed the Animals’? (DNFTA). DNFTA is an interdisciplinary collaboration between the Departments of Archaeology and Sociology, Philosophy and Anthropology at the University of 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 across DNFTA staff. Two projects will be located at Exeter: 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 on the anthropology of bird and zoo feeding available at the University of Roehampton.

For further information, please contact Dr. Angela Cassidy (a.cassidy@exeter) or Professor Garry Marvin (

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