Dr Richard Gorman
Postdoctoral Research Fellow
Amory Building, University of Exeter, Rennes Drive, Exeter, EX4 4RJ , UK
Rich is a geographer with particular interests in health, care, and medicine, and how these intersect with human-animal relations and more-than-human worlds. Rich’s research at present has involved exploring the dynamic interrelations between health and place, particularly, the roles of animals within various caring and health-promoting practices, seeking to understand how human-animal relations can affect people’s and animals' capacities to thrive and flourish.
Rich joined the Department of Geography in September 2017 as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow, part of The Animal Research Nexus: Changing Constitutions of Science, Health and Welfare project, working with Professor Gail Davies and collaborators across several other institutions and disciplines. Rich and Gail's work aims to understand public and patient involvement within practices of animal research.
Previously, Rich was part of Cardiff University’s School of Geography and Planning, where he received his PhD in 2017.
Rich is also the secretary of the Geographies of Health and Wellbeing Research Group of the Royal Geographical Society (with IBG).
BSc (Hons) Sustainable Development (University of Wales, Bangor)
PhD in Human Geography (Cardiff University)
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Rich’s research operates at the intersection between critical health geography and animal geography.
Rich’s research at present has involved exploring the dynamic interrelations between health and place, particularly, the roles of animals within various caring and health-promoting practices, seeking to understand how human-animal relations can affect people’s and animals' capacities to thrive and flourish.
However, rather than retaining an anthropocentric focus, Rich’s research has also made efforts to consider non-humans’ experiences of interspecies therapeutic practices, exploring both the often-troubling humanism of the way in which interspecies therapeutic practices are framed and performed, but also questioning whether animals may benefit in certain ways from their relations with humans and considering the ways in which care for humans and non-humans can be brought together.
As well as these main themes of health and human-animal relations, Rich is also involved with work which explores:
- Sensory Geographies – Particularly, the links between embodied experiences of soundscapes and smellscapes, and a sense of wellbeing.
- Geographies of Alternative Food Networks – Particularly, the roles and places that animals occupy within this niche and alternative agricultural model.
- The influence of technology on qualitative research practices – Particularly, the different means, modes, and methods through which fieldnotes are practiced and constituted.