Kirrilly is a Senior Researcher at CQUniversity's Appleton Institute in Adelaide. 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 one of the 2015 'Top5Under40' science communicator awards from ABC Radio National with the University of New South Wales.
Kirrilly is President and Chair of the Board of the Horse Federation of South Australia.