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Human-animal interaction before and since Covid-19: lessons and priorities for research, policy and practice

Wednesday 11 November 2020, 9.30AM to 11.30am GMT

Speaker(s): Dr Elena Ratschen and Dr Emily Shoesmith, University of York, Professor Bryony Beresford, University of York, Professor Daniel Mills, University of Lincoln, Dogs for Good, UK, Blue Cross, UK

As part of the ESRC Festival of Social Science, the University of York will be hosting a free web event to take stock of recent research in the area of human-animal interaction, with a focus on human health and animal welfare behaviour, and to discuss the implications and priorities for research, policy and practice for the future. 

Woman cuddling a cat

Speakers & Presentations

Dr Elena Ratschen and Dr Emily Shoesmith, University of York – Human-animal relationships and interactions during the Covid-19 lockdown phase in the UK: Links with mental health and loneliness

Professor Bryony Beresford, University of York – The impact of living with a hearing dog on the lives of people with impaired hearing: qualitative research findings from a randomised controlled trial

Professor Daniel Mills, University of Lincoln – Dog welfare and behaviour during the Covid-19 pandemic: early findingsfrom a longitudinal study

Dogs for Good, UK – Dog-assisted interventions and Covid-19 in practice: experience and learning from Dogs for Good

Blue Cross, UK – A hindrance or help? The highs and lows of pet ownership during the Covid-19 pandemic

In addition to the presentations, there will be a panel discussion and an interactive session to identify priorities for research, policy and practice in the field. 

To join this event, please Register

Location: Online meeting - please register via Eventbrite above

Admission: Free