Dr Liv Baker

Centre for Compassionate Conservation, University of Technology of Sydney

Dr Liv Baker (PhD) is a research fellow at the Centre for Compassionate Conservation at the University of Technology of Sydney, Australia. Her research focuses on improving conservation outcomes and the well-being of wild animals through a greater understanding of the ecological roles that individuals have in their communities.

Dr Baker’s work also explores the similar patterns of well-being seen across the animal kingdom: that individuals want to have appropriate resources, including shelter and safety; that individuals want to learn about and have control over their lives; that good psychological health corresponds to good physical health; that social context matters; and that challenges and positive emotions are not luxuries, but integral elements to being alive.

Dr Baker is co-founder and co-director of the Center for Animalia Health Studies, a new organization of applied study that seeks to fill a gap of knowledge, understanding, and importantly of synthesis of Animalia that has not been properly filled by other animal-related fields. Animalia Health Studies is a field that has as its first principle that nonhuman animals, like humans, have an interest in the outcomes of their lives; it is a field devoted to asking for Animalia, “what makes life worth living?”

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