Higher Degree by Research Candidate
School of Animal and Veterinary Science
Faculty of Sciences, Engineering and Technology
Rochelle Morton is a PhD Candidate at the University of Adelaide under the supervision of Dr Alexandra Whittaker.
Her PhD focuses on human-animal interactions, specifically the influence and effectiveness of animal law in protecting animals. She developed a novel concept of an ‘enforcement gap’ in animal law, which acknowledges the gap between the intentions of the written law and the outcomes of the enforcement process, in that the intentions are not meeting the expected outcomes. Her PhD investigates the potential contributors of this 'enforcement gap', specifically focusing on the role of animal welfare statutes and subordinate legislation, community perceptions of animal law enforcement, and media portrayals of animal cruelty.
Rochelle has an interest in animal welfare protection law and how to reduce the prevalence of the 'enforcement gap' in this area of law. Specific areas of research include:
- Uniformity of Australian animal welfare primary and secondary legislation
- Community expectations on animal law enforcement
- Influencers of animal law reforms in Australia
- Balancing stakeholder interests in animal welfare legislation
- Alternative penalties for animal welfare offences
Date Position Institution name 2018 - ongoing Tutor The University of Adelaide 2018 - ongoing Guest Lecturer The University of Adelaide
Date Institution name Country Title 2022 The University of Adelaide Australia Bachelor of Laws 2019 The University of Adelaide Australia PhD in Veterinary Science 2018 - 2018 The University of Adelaide Australia Honours Degree of Bachelor of Science (Animal Science) 2015 - 2017 The University of Adelaide Australia Bacherlor of Science (Animal Science)
Year Citation 2019 Morton, R., Hebart, M., & Whittaker, A. (2019). Reducing the Enforcement Gap in Animal Law - An Investigation into the Causes. In Australasia-Africa - International Society for Applied Ethology Regional Conference. Wellington, New Zealand. 2018 Morton, R., Hebart, M., & Whittaker, A. (2018). Amending Animal Welfare Laws in SA - Does it Work?. In Animal Law Education Workshop 2018. Sydney, Australia.
Year Citation 2019 Whittaker, A., & Morton, R. (2019). Penalties for animal cruelty double in SA but is this enough to stop animal abuse?. The Conversation.
The majority of my teaching is in the Bachelor of Science (Animal Science) program in:
- ANIMLSC 3250RW - Animals and the Law (tutor and guest lecturer)
- ANIML SC 2520RW - Research Methodology for Animal Sciences II (tutor and guest lecturer)
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