Claire Parkinson is Professor of Film, Television and Digital Media, Co-Director of the Centre for Human Animal Studies (CfHAS) and Dept. Director of Research. Her research interests focus on multispecies storytelling; media, culture and Animal Studies; (un)sustainable consumption; eco-media; US cinema; activism; cultural history; film and politics. Previous funded research projects have looked at public reception of vegan messages (The Vegan Society); digital animalities (SSHRC); and, shared, plural and cultural values of ecosystems (NERC/AHRC). She is currently Principal Investigator for two AHRC funded projects on multispecies storytelling and landscape.
Her publications include the monographs Animals, Anthropomorphism and Mediated Encounters (2019), Popular Media and Animals (2011), and Memento (2010) and the edited collections Routledge Companion to Cinema and Politics (2016), American Independent Cinema: Indie, Indiewood and Beyond (2012) and Beyond Human: From Animality to Transhumanism (2012).