Team Alumni

Dr Vanessa Ashall

Vanessa is an interdisciplinary health researcher and qualified veterinary surgeon, interested in the meaning and significance of human-animal relationships in the context of health and medicine. Vanessa worked on the Animal Research Nexus programme from 2017 to 2019. She is now Senior Research Fellow at the University of York, where she is working on interspecies entanglement and end of life care.

Dr Rich Gorman

Rich completed his PhD in human geography at Cardiff University in 2017, investigating the social and ethical implications of incorporating animals within various caring and health-promoting practices. Rich worked as a postdoctoral research fellow at the University of Exeter on the Wellcome Trust Animal Research Nexus project from 2017-2020, exploring practices of patient involvement around animal research, particularly working with patients and carers to explore their lived experiences of health and illness, and what it means to be ‘involved’ in research that they may find ethically challenging. Rich is now researching ethical preparedness in genomic medicine at the Brighton and Sussex Medical School.