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Clare McCausland

Senior Manager, Graduate Research School, La Trobe University

Clare McCausland works at La Trobe University where she manages the Graduate Research School. She completed a PhD at the University of Melbourne in moral philosophy in 2013 and publishes research on animal activism among other animal ethics topics. She has worked in various policy and management positions in the higher education sector and worked at The Age between 1995 and 2002 supporting advertising supplements.


  • 2014–present
    Senior Manager, Graduate Research School, La Trobe University
  • 2013–2014
    Manager, Academic Governance and Planning, Faculty of Business, Economics & Law, La Trobe University
  • 2011–2013
    Policy and Programs Manager, Arts Research Graduate School, Monash University
  • 2013–2013
    Research Integrity Project Officer, Office for Research Ethics and Integrity, University of Melbourne
  • 2011–2011
    Research and Graduate Studies Manager, Faculty of Veterinary Science, University of Melbourne
  • 2007–2010
    Senior Research Higher Degrees Officer, Melbourne School of Graduate Research, University of Melbourne


  • 2013 
    University of Melbourne, PhD
  • 2003 
    University of Melbourne, Postgraduate Certificate (Professional Ethics)
  • 2002 
    Monash University, Master of Arts (Philosophy)
  • 1999 
    Monash University, Bachelor of Arts (Honours)


  • 2018
    The Ethics and Politics of Drones in Animal Activism, Animal Studies Journal (7: 1) pp 80-103
  • 2017
    Animal Activists, Civil Disobedience and Global Responses to Transnational Injustice, Res Publica (23: 3) pp 261-280
  • 2014
    The Five Freedoms of Animal Welfare are Rights, Journal of Agricultural and Environmental Ethics (27: 4) pp 649-662
  • 2013
    Trespass, Animals and Democratic Engagement, Res Publica (19: 3) pp 205-221
  • 2012
    Book chapter: A Utilitarian Argument Against Animal Exploitation, In Leah Burns and Mandy Paterson (eds). Engaging with Animals: Interpretations of a Shared Existence (Sydney: Sydney University Press) pp 130-142

Research Areas

  • Bioethics (Human And Animal) (220101)
  • Political Theory And Political Philosophy (160609)
  • Professional Ethics (Incl. Police And Research Ethics) (220107)