Elisabeth joined the Animal Welfare Program as a PhD student in 2007 with a BSc (Hons.) in Neuroscience, and an MSc in Applied Animal Behaviour and Welfare, both from the University of Edinburgh in Scotland. From 2009 to 2011 she was based in Ottawa as the 4th Research Fellow for the Canadian Council on Animal Care, in the Guidelines and Three Rs Sector. An ethologist by training, her PhD research focuses on using methods from social science and applied ethics.
My research aims to:
- Examine how the use of genetically modified animal models in science contributes to worldwide trends. (Project completed)
- Examine how people’s willingness to support the use of animals in science is affected by the regulatory system. (Project completed)
- Gain a deeper understanding of people’s attitudes, values and concerns regarding the use of genetically modified animals in science (Project underway)
I use social science methods (experimental web-based surveys and interview techniques) to explore people’s attitudes, values and concerns regarding the use of genetically-engineered animals in science. My overarching goals are to promote dialogue between animal welfare researchers, scientists, policy makers and the public – all with the view to improving the lives of animals in science.