About US


Nau mai ki te rangitaki rangahau o NZCHAS

Welcome to the NZCHAS Research Blog

This blog is an effort to highlight the incredible work our scholars and associates have been doing to advance the field of Human-Animal Studies in New Zealand. This conversation is a part of a wider effort in academia to consider issues relating to the treatment of nonhuman animals across the globe. These blog posts will highlight the diverse research coming out of our centre here in Ōtautahi Christchurch, highlighting both the work emerging from professional academics and postgraduate students.


Nau mai, haere mai ki te Puna Akorangi o Aotearoa mo te Tangata me te Kararehe

The New Zealand Centre for Human-Animal Studies (NZCHAS) brings together scholars from the humanities and social sciences whose research and teaching are concerned with the conceptual and material treatment of nonhuman animals in culture, society and history. The Centre includes members from many disciplines at the University of Canterbury, and associates from throughout New Zealand who have expertise in cultural studies, literary studies, political science, sociology, architecture, the visual arts and Māori studies. Our international associates include many of scholars recognised as world leaders in human-animal studies, and the Centre has links with the primary overseas institutions and networks in this field.  


To see current lists of our members, please visit the following links:

Members and Associates

Postgraduate Researchers

Do you want to become a member of NZCHAS or are you a postgraduate student looking for postgraduate research opportunities? More details are available at our University of Canterbury webpage.


We offer Undergraduate courses in human-animal studies and a PhD in Human-Animal Studies through the University of Canterbury.

To find out more, please visit the following links:

Undergraduate Study

Postgraduate Study

Research Centre Blog for the University of Canterbury