Dr Richard Twine


Richard is a Senior Lecturer in Social Sciences and Co-Director of the Centre for Human Animal Studies (CfHAS: www.edgehill.ac.uk/cfhas/) at Edge Hill University.

He previously worked at the Institute of Education, University of London; the  University of Glasgow and for ten years at Lancaster University, where he was a researcher with the ESRC Centre for Economic and Social Aspects of Genomics (Cesagen). His research interests take place at the nexus of gender studies, human/animal relations, science studies and environmental Sociology. Much current research focuses upon the issue of sustainable food transitions in the context of climate change.

Richard is the author of the book Animals as Biotechnology – Ethics, Sustainability and Critical Animal Studies (Routledge, 2010), and co-editor, with Nik Taylor of Flinders University, Australia, of The Rise of Critical Animal Studies – From the Margins to the Centre (Routledge Advances in Sociology, 2014). He has published many articles and chapters on issues as diverse as veganism, antibiotics, ecofeminism, intersectionality, posthumanism, bioethics and physiognomy. His own web-site can be found at http://www.richardtwine.com.


  • SPY1107: Exploring the Social World
  • SPY1112: Cultural Studies
  • SPY1104: Introduction to Social Policy and Welfare
  • SPY3038: Contemporary Issues in Early Years
  • SPY3032: Contemporary Theory, Policy and Practice in Education Studies
  •  SPY2125: Children, Food and Sustainability



The Rise of Critical Animal Studies – From the Margins to the Centre (2014) w/ Nik Taylor eds. (Routledge, March 2014)

Animals as Biotechnology – Ethics, Sustainability and Critical Animal Studies (2010) London: Routledge/Earthscan

Journal articles and book chapters


‘Negotiating social relationships in the transition to vegan eating practices’ forthcoming in Potts, A. (ed.) Critical Perspectives on Meat Culture Brill Academic Publishers


‘Vegan Killjoys at the Table – Contesting Happiness and Negotiating Relationships with Food Practices’ Societies Vol.4, No.4, pp.623-639. [open access: http://www.mdpi.com/2075-4698/4/4/623/html]

‘Ecofeminism and Veganism – revisiting the question of universalism’ in Ecofeminism: Feminist Intersections with Other Animals and the Earth edited by Gruen, L & Adams, C. Bloomsbury Academic Press

‘On the limits of food autonomy – rethinking choice and privacy’ with Stephanie Jenkins, in Taylor, N. & Twine, R. The Rise of Critical Animal Studies – From the Margins to the Centre London: Routledge.

‘Locating the critical in Critical Animal Studies’ with Nik Taylor, in Taylor, N. & Twine, R. The Rise of Critical Animal Studies – From the Margins to the Centre London: Routledge.


Animals on Drugs – Understanding the role of pharmaceutical companies in the animal-industrial complexJournal of Bioethical Inquiry Vol.10, No.4, pp.505-514 (Special Issue on Bioethics and Animals).

Is Biotechnology Deconstructing Animal Domestication? Movements toward ‘Liberation’ Configurations(Journal of the Society for Literature, Science, and the Arts), Vol.21, No.2, pp.135-158, Special Issue on Animal Biotechnology and the Liberatory Imaginary, conceived by myself and co-edited with Neil Stephens.

Addressing the ‘Animal-Industrial Complex’, in Corbey, R. & Lanjouw, A. (eds.) The Politics of SpeciesCambridge University Press.


Revealing the ‘Animal-Industrial Complex’ – A Concept & Method for Critical Animal Studies? Journal for Critical Animal Studies Vol.10, No.1, pp.12-39.


Genomic Natures Read through Posthumanisms The Sociological Review Vol. 58, No.S1, pp.175-195. (also published in an edited monograph called Nature After the Genome edited by Parry, S. & Dupre, J.)

Intersectional Disgust? – Animals and (Eco) Feminism Feminism and Psychology Vol. 20, No.3, pp.397-406.

Broadening the Feminism in Feminist Bioethics in Feminist Bioethics: At the centre, at the margins by Scully, J, Baldwin-Ragaven, L & Fitzpatrick, P. eds. John Hopkins University Press


Searching for the Win-Win? – Animals, Genomics and Welfare International Journal of Sociology of Agriculture and Food Vol.16, No.3, pp. 1-18.

Thinking Across Species – A Critical Bioethics Approach to Enhancement Theoretical Medicine and Bioethics Vol.28, No.6, pp. 509-523.

Animal Genomics and Ambivalence: A Sociology of Animal Bodies in Agricultural Biotechnology Genomics, Society and Policy Vol.3, No.2, pp.99-117.


Agricultural Animals as Targets of Genetic Progress – Engaging with Animal Scientists about the Impact of Genomics in Ethics and the Politics of Food by Matthias Kaiser & Marianne Lien eds. Wageningen Academic Publishers


Constructing a Critical Bioethics by Deconstructing Culture/Nature Dualism Medicine, Health Care and Philosophy. Vol.8, No.3, pp. 285-295

From Warnock to the Stem Cell Bank – Evaluating the UK’s Regulatory Measures for Stem Cell Research Journal of International Biotechnology Law Vol.2, No.1, pp.1-14.  


Physiognomy, Phrenology and the Temporality of the Body Body and Society Vol.8, No.1, pp.67-88


Ma(r)king Essence: Ecofeminism and Embodiment Ethics and the Environment Vol.6, No.2, pp.31-58

Other writings

(2014) An interview alongside Nik Taylor and by Dinesh Wadiwel – The Rise of Critical Animal Studies interview

(2013) ‘Some Brief Thoughts on Changing Food Practices’ Blog entry for the Humane Research Council

w/ Stanescu, V. (2012). Post Animal Studies: The Future(s) of Critical Animal Studies. Journal for Critical Animal Studies 10 (4), pp4-19.

w/ Ellis, C., McKay, R, O’Sullivan, S., Twine, R. & Weller, K. (2012) “The Animals & Society Institute Fellowship: Catalyzing Work in Human-Animal Studies” (Guest Editor’s Introduction), Society & Animals vol20, no2, pp117-122.

w/ Daly, J. (2011) Reducing meat and dairy consumption: easier said than done, or easier done than said? Online article at The Conversation (November)

(2011) ‘Is Biotechnology obscuring the view?’ Growing Green International  No27 (Summer), pp18-19

(2010) ‘The industrialisation of animals – what happened to ethics?’ The Scavengerhttp://www.thescavenger.net/ (December 2010 issue)

(2010) Blog entry on the Earthscan (publisher of my book) web-site – 10th November 2010, entitled  ‘A sustainability that deconstructs and reconstructs the human’

(2009) Contributor to Anker, S & Talasek, J.D. (eds.) Visual Culture and Bioscience UMBC – Proceedings from a Virtual Symposium

w/ Holloway, L (2008) “Animal Engineering” Food Ethics Vol.3, No.3, pp.30-32.

(2005) Report of the First Meeting of the European Project on Biometric Identification Technology Ethics (BITE Project)

(2002) “Ecofeminism and the ‘New’ Sociologies – A Collaboration Against Dualism” PhD dissertation [supervised by Dr. Gail Hawkes & former President of the British Sociological Association Professor Sue Scott. Externally examined by the late Dr. Anne Witz.]

(2001) “Ecofeminisms in Process ” online at ecofem.org/journal

(1997) “Masculinity, Nature, Ecofeminism” online at ecofem.org/journal

[see also Hall, L (2005) “Reflections on the Masculine Hegemon: A Reply to Richard Twine” online at ecofem.org/journal]

Book reviews

Defining Critical Animal Studies – An Intersectional Social Justice Approach for Liberation by Nocella, A.J., Sorenson, J., Socha, K. & Matsuoka, A.(eds.) Animal Studies Journal (forthcoming, 2014).

Leonardo’s Choice – Genetic Technologies and Animals by Gigliotti, C. (ed.) Genomics, Society and PolicyVol.5, No.2, (2009), pp.87-90.

On Cloning by Harris, J. Ethical Perspectives – Journal of the European Ethics Network Vol.12, No.3, (2005), pp.410-413.

Science, Seeds and Cyborgs – Biotechnology and the Appropriation of Life by Bowring, F. Social Studies of Science Vol.35, No.1, (2005), pp.165-168.

Environmental Culture by Plumwood, V. Environmental Values Vol.12, No.4, (2003), pp.535-537.

Genetic Imaginations- Ethical, Legal and Social Issues in Human Genome Research by Glasner, P & Rothman, H (eds.) Technology Analysis & Strategic Management Vol. 12, No.4, (2000), pp.541-542.

Ecological Feminism by Warren, K (ed.) Environmental Values Vol. 6, No.3, (1997), pp.370-371.