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HAS International Development Program

The Animals & Society Institute (ASI) offers the Human-Animal Studies International Development Project (HASIDP) each year. The purpose of this competitive, annual program is to provide one non-American university per year the resources to build its own human-animal studies program. Human-Animal Studies (HAS) programs have proliferated at universities in some countries.  Still, a great many universities have faculty and students who are interested in developing such programs, but lack the resources to create them on their own. This program fills that gap by providing the financial and knowledge-based resources that such scholars, students, and universities need to build their own HAS programs. Preference for this award is given to universities located in countries that lack a significant presence of HAS programs, or that do not have the funds to build their programs. In addition, preference is given to universities that do not already have a robust presence of HAS programs (e.g., a minor or major), but that have the promise of such (e.g., one or two active HAS scholars). The selected university receives financial and consultative support leading to the creation of an HAS program, including the creation of courses, marketing support, cultivation of institutional and extra-institutional partners, and administrative support. The amount of the award ranges from $10-$15,000, depending on the budget submitted by the applicant. (The institution may need to cover additional, non-budgeted expenses during or after the program on its own.) As part of the award, a visiting senior HAS Fellow may visit the university for up to one week in the year after the award is given, to provide logistical and pedagogical support (these costs will not be taken from or included in the financial award).

Our previous winners have included:

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The University of Milan, Milan, Italy

Bertolesi Lorenzo, the first student to complete his Masters work in Milan’s new HAS program

The award allowed for the creation of a masters program in HAS at the University of Milan. In 2016, the university awarded its first MA to Bertolesi Lorenzo.


The University of Innsbruck, Innsbruck, Italy

Human-Animal Studies, the first German-language textbook in the field, by Gabriela Kompatscher, Reingard Spannring, and Karin Schachinger, all of the University of Innsbruck

The award allowed the university to create an HAS module at the University of Innsbruck which consists of creating two new courses (Introduction to Human-Animal Studies, and Human-Animal Studies in Didactic and Pedagogic Contexts) and writing of a German-language introductory text, Human-Animal Studies: Eine Einführung für Studierende und Lehrende, which was published in 2017.


The University of Athens, Athens, Greece

The award will fund the creation of a graduate HAS program at the University of Athens. In the words of Dr. Evangelos D. Protopapadakis in the Department of Philosophy, “Our ambition is not just to establish one more postgraduate program, but also to turn the tables in Greek society with regard to awareness and concern for animals.” Unfortunately, the process for this program is taking longer than expected in terms of bureaucracy but we will update everyone as it moves forward!


The Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai, India

Krithika Srinivasan

The award has lead to the creation of an HAS program at the Tata Institute of Social Sciences, including a credited course for Master’s students, a fieldwork placement with the Federation of Indian Animal Protection Organisations, a seminar series, and an end-of-year workshop that brings together students, scholars and practitioners from across India. The course titled ‘Animal ethics and social justice’ took place during the first three weeks of January and was taught by Krithika Srinivasan, Emily Brady, Katie Gillespie, Will Kymlicka and Shanker Raman. Dr. Srinivasan said, “By drawing on this pool of scholars, we hope enhance the legitimacy of human-animal studies as a field of scholarship and related practice in the university and India more broadly.”


The International Development Project is directed by Kenneth J. Shapiro and Margo DeMello of the Animals & Society Institute. We are grateful for the previous support and partnership of the Humane Society International. Please address all correspondence to us at:


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