Dr Catherine Oliver is a geographer and researcher currently working with urban chickens and keepers in London at the Department of Geography, University of Cambridge. From September of this year, she will be relocating to Lancaster University where she will be a Lecturer in the Sociology of Climate Change. Catherine published her first book, Veganism, Archives and Animals, with Routledge in 2021 and writes widely about animals from a geographical perspective in academic and public-facing forums, especially focussed on chickens.


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At the end of the podcast, Catherine asks: How would the world be for a chicken? What would it smell like, look like, feel like? Think with us on our Mural board, Click here.

About the host, Chetana Pai:

Chetana (she/her) is a recent graduate of the University of Twente and has a Masters degree in Interaction Technology. She is especially interested and has worked on research to do with human interaction, human experience, movement, music, technology, and the combination of these fields. In addition to this, she is constantly experimenting with various creative mediums and facilitating workshops. These are mostly geared towards finding and exploring new ways to make people want to be creative and make tangibly (and often involve zines!)  Learn more about Chetana’s work here.



Catherine Oliver

Veganism, Archives and Animals

The Chicken Book

Chicken of tomorrow contest, 1948.

Richard Rider  – Speciesism

Alice Walker: The Chicken Chronicles: Sitting with the Angels Who Have Returned with My Memories: Glorious, Rufus, Gertrude Stein, Splendor, Hortensia, Agnes of God, the Gladyses, & Babe: A Memoir.


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