School of Health in Social Science

Children, adolescents and animals research (caar)

Welcome to our website. It provides information on caar - a group of researchers, graduates and doctoral students, led by Professor Jo Williams and supported by Dr Janine Muldoon. We explore all aspects of relationships between children, adolescents and animals, and work closely with the Scottish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA).

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Current news/activities


* Special issue in the journal 'Animals' in 2019 *

Professor Jo Williams is Guest Editor for the journal 'Animals', and is inviting authors to submit original papers that contribute to better understanding of current trends and developments in animal-assisted therapies and interventions. The deadline for submission is 31st May 2019. Further details can be found in the document below.

* Updating our information *

Many thanks to everyone who recently completed our on-line survey. We really appreciate the time taken to provide useful comments that we will use to improve future events. If you did not receive an email inviting you to participate in this survey, it may be due to outdated email addresses. Please get in touch with Janine Muldoon (email if you have not received our communications or would like to be added to our email distribution list.

Our 2018 ESRC funded series of workshops:

This year we have organised and delivered four workshops as part of an ESRC knowledge exchange grant. Our Powerpoint presentations, briefings and feedback reports are available to download from each of the following pages:


The Scottish SPCA 2018 conference

An advertisement for the conference on 3rd September 2018 co-hosted by the Scottish SPCA and the University of Edinburgh

Earlier this year, we were delighted to co-host a conference with the Scottish SPCA on human-animal interactions. The conference was broad in scope with a wide range of talks. Simon King was our keynote speaker, and talks were given by Professor Jo Williams, Dr Janine Muldoon, Dr Roxanne Hawkins and Laura Wauthier (members of caar). 

We are currently working closely with the Scottish SPCA on a range of projects. Find out more on our Projects Page.

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Our research activity



Find out about the range of projects we are involved in


Conferences & workshops past and forthcoming


Resources for people working with children and/or animals

Child-Animal Interaction Network (CAIRN)

A network bringing together academic researchers from different UK universities

Connect with us

Contact email, Facebook & Twitter pages