School of Health in Social Science

Children, adolescents & animals research

Children, adolescents and animals research (caar), is 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 animal welfare organisations.

Our Mission

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  • To produce high quality research that furthers understanding of child-animal interactions to ensure reciprocally positive relationships, enhancing both child wellbeing and animal welfare.

  • We are always happy to discuss research ideas and help where we can. Please get in touch if you are interested in working with us.




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Find out more about our events! Book a place at a forthcoming event & view materials from past events (research briefings, reports, feedback & presentations).

Research & knowledge exchange projects

This page provides information on our projects within five inter-related research areas, and highlights how we engage with practitioners to exchange knowledge and generate impact.

Practitioners & collaborators

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A page designed specifically for professionals working with children and/or animals, with links to practitioner briefings/resources and events that may be useful.


A list of our peer-reviewed publications, official reports & policy briefings in reverse chronological order (most recent first) within our five core research areas.


Meet the caar team and find out about the Child-Animal Interaction Research Network.

Connect with us

If you are interested in our work, or have any questions, please get in touch via the routes outlined on this page.