Sarah Gradidge

PhD Researcher

Faculty:Faculty of Science and Engineering

School:Psychology and Sport Science

Location: Cambridge

Research Supervision:Yes

sarah.gradidge@pgr.aru.ac.uk
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Background

Thesis title:

The Influence of Species on Perceptions of Animals

Supervisory Team

Dr Magdalena Zawisza
Dr Annelie Harvey
Dr Daragh McDermott

Research Group

Sarah is a member of our Societies Research Area, which forms part of our ARU Centre for Societies and Groups.

Summary of Research

Sarah's research concerns the influence of species on perceptions of animals. For instance, why do many people care for dogs as family, yet eat pigs, despite pigs being ostensibly similar to dogs in behaviour, appearance, sociality, emotionality, and intelligence (Joy, 2011)? This concept can be termed 'speciesism' and is of great research importance, as pigs (and other animals) may be morally disengaged from (e.g., Rothgerber, 2013). Current research has so far only investigated the existence of speciesism and limited causes, with little consideration of a) the implications of speciesism for perceptions of animals and behavioural intentions, b) alternative causes to speciesism besides self-relevance, and c) interventions to reduce and prevent speciesism. Sarah's research aims to address these gaps.

Research grants, consultancy, knowledge exchange

Gradidge, S., Zawisza, M., 2021. ARU PSS Research Financial Support: £500.

Gradidge, S. Zawisza, M., 2020. ARU PSS Research Financial Support: £500.

Selected recent publications

Gradidge, S., Zawisza, M., 2021. Different types of speciesism. The Psychologist.

Gradidge, S., Zawisza, M., 2020. Toward a non-anthropocentric view on the environment and animal welfare: Possible psychological interventions. Animal Sentience, 27(23).

Gradidge, S., Harvey, A. J., 2019. Student project. In Sutton, R. & Douglas, K. (eds.), 2019., Social Psychology (2nd ed.) (London: Macmillan Education).

Gradidge, S., Zawisza, M., 2019. Why factual appeals about the abilities of sheep may fail. Animal Sentience, 25(42).

Gradidge, S., (ed.) February 2016. Psychobabble, 2.

Recent presentations and conferences

Conferences

Gradidge, S., Zawisza, M., Harvey, A. J., & McDermott, D. T., 2021, Mar 5. Psychological Predictors and Causes of Speciesism: The Empirical Case of Dogs vs. Pigs. Paper presented at Anthrozoology as International Practice (AIP), online.

Gradidge, S., Zawisza, M., Harvey, A. J. & McDermott, D. T., 2020, Jul 21. Exploring Pet Speciesism. Paper presented at ARU School of Psychology and Sport Science (PSS) PhD Conference, Microsoft Teams.

Gradidge, S., Zawisza, M., Harvey, A. J. & McDermott, D. T., 2020, Jun 29. Exploring Pet Speciesism. Poster presented at the ARU 14th Annual Student Research Conference, Microsoft Teams.

Gradidge, S., Zawisza, M., Harvey, A. J. & McDermott, D. T., 2019. The influence of species on perceptions of animals. PhD Spring Mini-Conference, Anglia Ruskin University, April 2019.

Invited Talks

Gradidge, S., Zawisza, M., Harvey, A. J. & McDermott, D. T., 2020, Feb 11. Exploring Speciesism. Invited talk presented at the University of Edinburgh Journal Club, Edinburgh, UK.

Public engagement

Gradidge, S., Zawisza, M., Harvey, A. J. & McDermott, D. T., 2021, Jan 7. The psychology of veg*nism vs. non-veg*nism: Implications for climate change and the human-animal relationship. Paper presented as part of ARU Public Engagement, Microsoft Teams.

Gradidge, S., 2020. Mindful activism: Empathy. The Vegan Society. Available at: www.vegansociety.com/get-involved/research/research-news/opinion-mindful-activism

Panel Talks

Zawisza-Riley, M., Gibson, N., Gradidge, S., & Roeloffs, S., 2020, Sep 16. Society Going Viral! The Hidden Psychology of Pandemics Across Time and Contexts. Panel talk presented as part of ARU Public Engagement, ARU, Cambridge, UK.