Megan Donald

  • PhD candidate

email: m.donald.2@research.gla.ac.uk

Room 304, East Quadrangle

Research title

Entanglements with empathy: A critical exploration of more-than-human ethics in a school of veterinary medicine

Research summary

Research title

The veterinary surgeon as sensuous scientist: learning to become a caring vet in a more-than-human world

Summary of research

Veterinary surgeons are people who provide care across species and across scales. They are at once practicioners of an exact science and communicators of unspoken animal feeling. Alongside their practical function as multi-species medical carers, vet practices can be figured as sites for the negotiation of more-than-human geographies, where the ethical relations between humans and animals, and scientific knowledge and emotional literacy, are subject to experiment. At it's broadest then, my research is concerned with the tensions between science and emotion, humans and animals, and care as a social property that occurs intimately and at wider scales.

By looking at animal-human suffering, animal euthanasia and wider relational geographies of veterinary care, I aim to explore further the geographies of a more-than-human empathy, a term I first developed in my MRes dissertation, "Dwelling in the wound: geographies of more-than-human empathy and expertise in a rural veterinary practice". 

Research interests

More-than-human geographies; science, technology and society studies (STS); emotional/affective geographies

Education

2014 - present: PhD Human Geography at University of Glasgow

2013 - 2014: MRes in Human Geography (Distinction) at University of Glasgow

2009 - 2013: MA (SocSci) in Geography (1st Class Honours) at University of Glasgow


Grants

Awarded ESRC 1+3 Studentship in Human Geography 2013-2017

Awarded School of Geographical and Earth Sciences Conference Support 2014 (£50)

Awarded School of Geographical and Earth Sciences Conference Support 2015 (£200)


Conferences

"Dwelling in the wound: more-than-human empathy and expertise in a rural veterinary practice" presented at 5th International and Interdisciplinary Conference of Emotional Geographies | 10-12th June 2015 | University of Edinburgh

"The veterinary surgeon as soulful scientist: exploring responsibility in more-than-human veterinary medicine" presented at the Annual International Conference of the RGS-IBG | 1- 4th September 2015 |  University of Exeter


Teaching

Level 1 Geography Labs 2015-16 (Demonstrator)

Level 2 Geography Labs - Qualitative Methods 2016 (Lab Leader)