Caroline Spence
phd candidate in experimental psychology, Queen Mary University of London; former policy advisor in animal welfare, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

Caroline is a PhD candidate in experimental psychology at Queen Mary University of London. Her research centres around improving our understanding of people’s attitudes to animal sentience as well as uncovering factors that influence an individual’s belief in animal mind. In the long term, this work aims to improve human-animal interactions and subsequently, animal welfare. She has a BSc in animal science from Imperial College and an MA in animal biology and welfare from the University of Essex. Prior to her PhD, Caroline lectured for several years in animal welfare at various HE institutions and has held a variety of roles relating to farm, laboratory and companion animals. More recently, she was a policy advisor in animal welfare at the Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs, and in 2017, she completed an ESRC policy fellowship between the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology and the House of Lords, helping to produce a report on the impact of Brexit on farm animal welfare.

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Sunday 14 October, 14:00 Frobisher Auditorium 2
Optimistic bees and anxious fish: the animal sentience debate