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Leanne Proops

Associate Professor in Animal Behaviour and Welfare, University of Portsmouth

My research expertise is in animal behaviour and welfare. I enjoy trying to find ways to determine what animals understand about their social world. Many of my projects focus on domestic horse, donkey and mule communication and cognition. I'm also fascinated by the field of comparative thanatology – the study of animals’ responses to death.

As well as studying animal minds, I'm passionate about conducting applied research to improve animal welfare. Taking a One Welfare approach that acknowledges the interconnectedness of animals, humans and the environment, I work with international NGOs to improve the welfare of working equids and the people whose livelihoods depend on them.


  • –present
    Associate Professor, University of Portsmouth


    University of Sussex, DPhil Psychology
    University of Exeter, MSc Animal Behaviour
    University of Sussex, BSc (Hons) Experimental Psychology