Rich is a human geographer based at the University of Exeter. Rich is particularly interested in how our social, cultural, and emotional relationships with animals intersect with ideas and practices of health, care, and medicine. Rich’s previous research has involved working with people affected by health conditions to understand the roles of animals within various caring and health-promoting practices, such as care-farming and animal-assisted-therapies.
As part of the Animal Research Nexus, Rich is exploring the changing ways in which patients encounter animal research, and the practical and ethical issues that emerge at this interface. Rich’s work aims to contribute to discussions about the role of Patient and Public Involvement in basic biomedical research, developing an understanding of the ways in which people affected by health conditions wish to engage with animal research.