Zoei Sutton

Dr Zoei Sutton

Research Officer

Future of Employment and Skills Research Centre

Faculty of the Professions


Dr Zoei Sutton is a sociologist specialising in qualitative research with both human and nonhuman animals. She is a research officer in the Future of Employment and Skills Research Centre (FES) where she contributes to rigorous mixed-method, multidisciplinary research and policy evaluation, specialising in qualitative interviews and analysis.

Prior to her appointment at the University of Adelaide, she worked as a Research Assistant and taught undergraduate courses across the disciplines of Sociology, Social Work and Health at Flinders University (2014-2019). She has assisted on a wide range of research projects, including post-separation parenting, help-seeking, domestic violence, young people’s experiences of growing up in Australia, cashless debit card, human-animal relationships and multispecies methodologies.

Zoei’s research has focussed on critically exploring human-animal relationships, drawing on her sociological expertise to analyse the relationships between human and nonhuman animals through qualitative interviews, observation and media analysis. Through this research she has examined both micro and macro levels of society to understand the nuances of everyday relationships as experienced by participants, and how these reflect and inform a broader social context. Her research interests include critical animal studies, social inclusion, the complexity and intersectionality of inequality and inclusive methodologies.

Zoei’s research has focussed on critically exploring human-animal relationships, drawing on her sociological expertise to analyse the relationships between human and nonhuman animals through qualitative interviews, observation and media analysis. Through this research she has examined both micro and macro levels of society to understand the nuances of everyday relationships as experienced by participants, and how these reflect and inform a broader social context. Her research interests include critical animal studies, social inclusion, the complexity and intersectionality of inequality and inclusive methodologies.

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  • Journals

    Year Citation
    2020 Sutton, Z. (2020). Researching towards a critically posthumanist future: on the political “doing” of critical research for companion animal liberation. International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy.
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    2020 Sutton, Z., & Taylor, N. (2020). Managing the Borders: Static/Dynamic Nature and the ‘Management’ of ‘Problem’ Species. Parallax, 25(4), 379-394.
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    2019 Sutton, Z. (2019). [Book Review] Jacob Bull, Tora Holmberg and Cecilia Åsberg, editors, Animal Places: Lively Cartographies of Human-Animal Relations. Routledge, 2018. 276pp. Animal Studies Journal, 8(1), 231-233.
    2018 Taylor, N., Sutton, Z., & Wilkie, R. (2018). A sociology of multi-species relations. JOURNAL OF SOCIOLOGY, 54(4), 463-466.
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    2018 Taylor, N., & Sutton, Z. (2018). For an Emancipatory Animal Sociology. JOURNAL OF SOCIOLOGY, 54(4), 467-487.
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    2015 Sutton, Z. (2015). [Book Review] My Dog Always Eats First: Homeless People and Their Animals. Anthrozoös, 28(3), 523-524.
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  • Internet Publications

    Year Citation
    2017 Sutton, Z. (2017). ‘“As long as it’s not dog’ — What the Bali dog meat scandal can tell us about Australian meat eating culture”. Animals in Society group.
    2014 Sutton, Z. (2014). “‘It’s not me, it’s you.’ The problem with Breed Specific Legislation”. Animals in Society group.
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  • Memberships

    Date Role Membership Country
    2017 - ongoing Member Australasian Animal Studies Association Australia
    2014 - ongoing Member The Australian Sociological Association Australia
  • Offices Held

    Date Office Name Institution Country
    2019 - ongoing Book Review Editor Society and Animals Journal United States
    2019 - ongoing Co-convener of the Sociology & Animals Thematic Group The Australian Sociological Association Australia
    2018 - 2020 Committee Member National Tertiary Casuals Committee Australia
    2018 - ongoing Elected Casual Representative National Tertiary Education Union Australia
    2017 - 2019 Postgraduate Committee Member The Australian Sociological Association Australia
    2017 - 2018 Co-founder & Co-convener of the Sociology & Animals Thematic Group The Australian Sociological Association Australia
    2015 - 2017 Review Editor H-Net United States
  • Position: Research Officer
  • Phone: 83133054
  • Email: zoei.sutton@adelaide.edu.au
  • Fax: zoei.sutton@adelaide.edu.au
  • Campus: North Terrace
  • Building: Nexus 10, floor 5
  • Room: 5 26
  • Org Unit: Future of Employment and Skills Research Centre

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