Assoc Prof Kirrilly Thompson, is a cultural anthropologist and Senior Research Fellow, Appleton Institute, CQ University in Adelaide, South Australia. Her research interests coalesce around human-animal relations, risk, safety and culture. She has conducted research on mounted bullfighting in Spain (el rejoneo) and show jumping in Europe. Her Australian anthrozoological research projects include pet bed-sharing practices, dog-bite intervention programmes and horse keeping beliefs and behaviours.
Kirrilly is currently leading a three year Australian Research Council project titled ‘Should I stay or should I go? Increasing natural disaster preparedness and survival through animal attachment’ (DECRA 2013). The project will consider ways in which animal attachment can be re-considered as a protective factor for human survival of fires and floods. Kirrilly’s childhood nights were spent sharing her bed with a Siamese cat called Moo.