Associate Professor in Sociology, University of Canterbury

Nik is a sociologist who researches human-animal interactions. She is co-founder of the Flinders Animal in Society Working Group, Managing Editor (Social Sciences) of Society & Animals; a charter scholar of the Animals and Society Institute; a member of the Human Animal Research Group at the University of Adelaide; a member of the Human-Animal Studies Executive Committee at the Animals & Society Institute; a participant in the Australian Animals Study Group, and an Associate Member of the New Zealand Centre for Human-Animal Studies at the University of Canterbury. She has published numerous books and articles on human-animal relations, the latest of which include Humans, Animals and Society: An Introduction to Human-Animal Studies (Lantern Books, 2013); Animals at Work: Identity, Politics and Culture in work with Animals (with Lindsay Hamilton, Brill Academic, 2013), and The Rise of Critical Animal Studies (with Richard Twine, Routledge, 2014).


  • –present
    Associate Professor in Sociology, Flinders University


  • 2000 
    Machester Metropolitan University, PhD