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Heather Browning

Lecturer in Philosophy, University of Southampton

I am a Lecturer in Philosophy at the University of Southampton.

My primary research interests are animal welfare, ethics, and consciousness. I completed my PhD at the Australian National University, with a thesis on the measurement of animal welfare.

I have previously worked as a researcher in animal sentience and welfare at the London School of Economics, as part of the Foundations of Animal Sentience project. I was part of the research team who produced a report for DEFRA reviewing the evidence of sentience in cephalopod molluscs and decapod crustaceans, leading to an amendment of the UK's Animal Welfare (Sentience) Act to include their protection.

I also worked for many years as a zookeeper and zoo animal welfare officer, interested in the practical application of animal welfare measurement.


  • 2020–2023
    Research officer, London School of Economics and Political Science


  • 2020 
    Australian National University, PhD