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University of Stirling


Professor Hannah Buchanan-Smith


Psychology 3A79 University of Stirling Stirling FK9 4LA United Kingdom

Professor Hannah Buchanan-Smith

About me

Hannah Buchanan-Smith is interested in animal behaviour and ecology, comparative colour vision and animal welfare. She has conducted both field research, and research on captive animals. She promotes the welfare of animals housed in captivity, for example through lecturing, courses and open-access websites (see, 24/7 Animal Welfare and RefiningDogCare).

Together with her former PhD student, Dr Lou Tasker, funded by a BBSRC CASE studentship, Hannah has recently contributed to The Macaque Website of the NC3Rs, launched in April 2015. Tasker (2012) PhD thesis.

Hannah graduated from St. Andrews University, where she returned as a post-doc after completing her PhD at Reading University under the supervision of Hilary Box. She began working at Stirling University in 1989, and following a lectureship at Lancaster University took a full time position at Stirling in 1995.

Current External Positions

  • Member of the European Association for Zoos and Aquaria (EAZA) Animal Welfare Working group (2015-current)
  • Member of the Science Advisory Committee, The Royal Zoological Society of Scotland (2013-current)
  • Member of the Living Links Executive Board and leader of the "Welfare and mixed-species living" project (2008-current).
  • Corresponding member of the Primate Society of Great Britain's Captive Care Working Party (1996- present).
  • Member of the Editorial Board of Neotropical Primates (Jan 2000 - present).
  • Member of the IUCN Species Survival Commission Primate Specialist Group: Neotropical Section (1995-present).
  • Member of the BIAZA Research Group - Reporting Group (2002 - present) and the BIAZA animal welfare sub-group (2011-).
  • Member of the Ethics Committee, Blair Drummond Safari Park (2005 - present).
  • Core member of the Scottish Primate Research Group (1995 - present).

Previous positions include:

  • Member of the Home Office's Animal Procedures Committee (2009-2012) and member of their Primates Subcommittee and Housing and Husbandry Subcommittee.
  • External Examiner for MScs in Exeter (2007-2011) and St Andrews (2008-2011) Universities.
  • Council Member of the Primate Society of Great Britain (2008 - 2011).
  • Member of the Executive Committee for the XXII Congress of the International Primatological Society, Edinburgh, 2008.
  • Member of the International Primatological Society's Captive Care Committee (2002 - 2008), with shared responsibility for rewriting the "IPS International Guidelines for the acquisition, care, and breeding of nonhuman primates".
  • Member of the BVA(AWF)/FRAME/RSPCA/UFAW Joint Working Group on Refinement in primates (2003 - 2008).

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