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Visiting Research Fellow, Animal Behaviour and Welfare, Nottingham Trent University

Lauren is a visiting research fellow at Nottingham Trent University and works for Cats Protection as their Feline Welfare Scientist. Lauren specialises in the behaviour and welfare of domestic cats and the translation of scientific findings into accessible forms, with the aims to improve humans' understanding of the species and support practical ways of increasing cat wellbeing.


  • 2017–present
    ISFM behaviour course conrtributor and marker, International Cat Care
  • 2015–present
    Feline Behaviour and Welfare specialist, Battersea Dogs and Cats Home
  • 2018–present
    Post Doctoral Research Associate, Nottingham Trent University
  • 2017–2018
    Associate lecturer, University of Lincoln
  • 2016–2017
    Postdoctoral research fellow, University of Lincoln


  • 2015 
    University of Lincoln, PhD: Animal Behaviour and Welfare (thesis: The prediction of human sociability in the domestic cat)
  • 2011 
    Exeter University, MSc: Evolutionary and Behavioural Ecology
  • 2008 
    Anglia Ruskin University, BSc(hons): Animal Behaviour and Ecology and Conservation


  • 2019
    The Cat Personality Test: How well do you really know your cat?, Ebury
  • 2019
    Geometric morphometrics for the study of facial expressions in non-human animals, using the domestic cat as an exemplar, Scientific reports
  • 2019
    Owner personality and the wellbeing of their cats share parallels with the parent-child relationship, PloS one
  • 2019
    A Systematic Scoping Review: What is the Risk from Child-Dog Interactions to Dog Quality of Life?, Journal of Veterinary Behavior
  • 2014
    A critically appraised topic (CAT) to compare the effects of single and multi-cat housing on physiological and behavioural measures of stress in domestic cats …, BMC veterinary research
  • 2014
    The development of an emotional ethogram forFelis silvestris focused on FEAR and RAGE, Journal of Veterinary Behavior: Clinical Applications and Research
  • 2013
    ISFM Guidelines on Population Management and Welfare of Unowned Domestic Cats (Felis catus), Journal of Feline Medicine and Surgery