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 SPCA.

The logo for children, adolescents and animals research (caar)

Current news/activities


* Seeking feedback on 2017/2018 caar events *

Please help us to secure further funding for our work by providing feedback if you attended any of our events (co-hosted conferences with the Scottish SPCA, reflective workshops and seminars) in 2017/2018. The survey does not take long to complete - please click on the link below. Please respond by 8pm on Monday 12th November.

On-line survey - feedback on caar events in 2017/2018

Final ESRC workshop for 2018!

This year, we have been running a series of reflective workshops for practitioners, funded by the ESRC. Our final workshop was on animal welfare and animal-assisted interventions and was part of a full day's events delivered in collaboration with SHAIR at the University of Stirling (Stirling Human-Animal Interaction Research) and Paws for Progress. Our powerpoint slides, research briefing and feedback report can be found under Workshop 4 below.

Flyer for a caar workshop on animal welfare and animal-assisted interventions on the 5th October
Advert for event on human-animal interactions at University of Stirling on 5th October

Our 2018 ESRC funded series of workshops:


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

On the 3rd September, 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 interesting 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.

Photograph of girl lying on the grass with a puppy

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

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