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Ms Tess Skidmore BA, MSc

Postgraduate Research Student

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Tess Skidmore is a postgraduate research student with the faculty of Geography and Environmental Science at the University of Southampton.

Tess completed her undergraduate education at Lancaster University, graduating with a First Class BA (Hons) degree in 2016. Whilst there, she developed an interest in policy-making processes in controversial areas. Her dissertation, nominated for a Royal Geographical Society award, focused on analysing the often complex emotions of communities residing in close proximity to existing and proposed wind turbine sites. She then undertook her Masters at the University of Bristol in 2016/2017, completing an MSc in Environmental Policy and Management.

Research interests

Tess’ main research interests include examining the complex ways in which socio-ethical issues manifest, and how society attempts to handle these. This includes integrating diverse stakeholder views.

PhD supervision

Dr. Emma Roe

PhD research

Tess’ research, funded by the Wellcome Trust, is titled ‘The Changing Policy and Practice of Laboratory Animal Rehoming’. This allows her to continue pursuing her interest in human/animal relations, and how this relationship is often governed by a discourse of dominance.Tess also plans to investigate the extent to which a ‘Culture of Care’ exists in laboratory environment, and whether/how this can be continued throughout all life stages of the research animal, both inside and outside of the traditional ‘laboratory space’.

Research Projects

Tess’ PhD forms Project 3 of the wider ‘Animal Research Nexus’, a Wellcome Trust Collaborative Award, which investigates the changing constitutions of science, health and welfare. Project 3 specifically investigates how to manage breeding, biobanking and rehoming networks. This is in partnership with Davies, G. (U of Exeter - Lead), Greenhough B. (U of Oxford), Pru Hobson-West, (U of Nottingham) and Rob Kirk (U of Manchester).

Research group

Economy, Society and Governance

Tess is currently a First Year Student Representative.

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