PhD Student

My primary research interest focuses on animal-human relations and animal exploitation. Specifically, my research focuses on the conflicting attitudes and beliefs people hold about animals – protecting and loving pets on one hand, and contributing to animal exploitation by consuming meat on the other. I am investigating the role of different ideological variables, as well as examining the role of empathy and moral concern in relation to judgements about animals.

My broader research interests include speciesism, culturally specific animal exploitation, as well as memory.


Main supervisor:
Dr Kristof Dhont

Professor Robbie Sutton

Conference Presentations

  • Krings, V., Dhont, K. & Sutton, R. (2018). No Memory For Meat: Ideological memory bias about animal intelligence and emotions. Oral Presentation at the International Society of Political Psychology, San Antonio TX, 2018.