32nd International Society for Anthrozoology (ISAZ)

Thursday 15th June 2023, 9:00am to Sunday 18th June 2023, 5:00pm

John McIntyre Conference Centre, Pollock Halls, 18 Holyrood Park Road, Edinburgh EH16 5AY

ISAZ welcomes a range of researchers, practitioners, and students from a wide variety of disciplines and perspectives.

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The theme for ISAZ 2023 is “Anthrozoology: The Spectrum of Human-Animal Interactions and Relationships.” 

Anthrozoology is the study of interactions and relationships between human and non-human animals and is inter-disciplinary and cross-disciplinary.

To represent this diversity, the theme of this conference will draw on the spectrum of interactions between humans and non-human animals from:

  • Positive to negative
  • Human directed to non-human animal directed
  • Within the human environment to the wilderness of nature

Each year, the ISAZ conference welcomes a range of researchers, practitioners, and students from a wide variety of disciplines and perspectives including psychologists, anthropologists, ethologists, medical professionals, animal and veterinary science, public policy, law, philosophy, arts and humanities. We aim to encourage a broad discussion of the research on the many ways our lives intersect with, and impact, other species.

This year's conference is hosted by the University of Edinburgh. Research on One Health and human-animal interactions is growing rapidly in the University of Edinburgh. 

In the host Committee Team, Jo, Roxy, and Laura are members of the Children, Adolescents and Animals Research Group, in the Department of Clinical and Health Psychology, University of Edinburgh. Roxy leads Science of Pets, a social media platform to bring anthrozoology research to the public and engage the public in research. Beckie leads the One Health in Society Research Network from Social Anthropology, which includes academics from across the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences and beyond. Humanimal Kind is an arts-based network of academics researching human-animal interactions through art and design. 

The University is also a world-renowned center of veterinary studies, animal behavior and animal welfare. With a vibrant research culture and expansive postgraduate community, the University of Edinburgh is poised to become a leading center for the study of Anthrozoology in the UK.