Kirrilly is an Associate Researcher Professor at the University of South Australia. She is a trained anthropologist who uses ethnographic methods to research the cultural dimensions of risk-perception and safety. She has particular interests in human-animal interactions, high risk interspecies activities and equestrianism. Her current research explores the impact of animal ownership on natural disaster preparedness.
Kirrilly won an ARC DECRA in 2013 and was one of ABC Radio National's 'Top 5 Under 40' science communicators in 2015. She has published over 100 peer-reviewed journal articles and chapters, co-edited the volume 'Equestrian Cultures in Global and Local Contexts' (2017) and co-authored the book '(Un)Stable Relations: Horses, Humans and Social Agency' (2018).