Tess Skidmore

Tess is a PhD student in the Department of Geography and the Environment, University of Southampton. Tess completed her undergraduate education at Lancaster University, graduating with a First Class BA Geography degree in 2016. Whilst there, she became interested in policy-making processes in controversial areas, particularly how socio-ethical issues manifest in human-animal relations.

Tess completed her Masters at the University of Bristol in 2016-17, before moving to Southampton to complete her PhD in ‘The Changing Policy and Practice of Laboratory Animal Rehoming’. Working on Project 3 of the Wellcome Trust Animal Research Nexus Programme, she will investigate the extent that a ‘Culture of Care’ exists in laboratory environments, and how this can be continued throughout all life stages of the research animal, both inside and outside of the traditional ‘laboratory space’.