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Dr Lizzie Rowe


Animal Welfare
Researcher on the Pathways to Sustainable Food project

Areas of interest

My interests lie in agroecological systems as an intersection between farming for higher animal welfare and nature conservation/restoration. Particular interests include assessing and promoting positive welfare of farmed animals, pasture-fed production, and insects as a sustainable protein source.

Research centres and groups

Sustainable Food Systems Research Group

Research projects

Pathways to Sustainable Food


I am an animal welfare scientist passionate about the natural world and making the planet a better place for all animals, human and non-human alike. I gained my PhD in Clinical Veterinary Sciences at the University of Bristol after an undergraduate degree in Natural Sciences (specialising in Zoology) at Cambridge University. After leaving academia to work in the NGO sector I returned to the University of Bristol as a Research Associate in farm animal welfare before joining the University of Reading, as well as project managing a major research grant at a black soldier fly farming company. I also work as a freelance consultant on a range of animal welfare and sustainability projects, and farm a small flock of laying hens.

Academic qualifications

BA (Hons), MA (Cantab), PhD

Professional bodies/affiliations

Animal Welfare Research Network

Selected publications

Stokes, J. E., Rowe, E., Mullan, S., Pritchard, J. C., Horler, R., Haskell, M. J., ... & Main, D. C. (2022). A “Good Life” for Dairy Cattle: Developing and Piloting a Framework for Assessing Positive Welfare Opportunities Based on Scientific Evidence and Farmer Expertise. Animals12(19), 2540.


Rowe, E., & Mullan, S. (2022). Advancing a “Good Life” for Farm Animals: Development of Resource Tier

Frameworks for On-Farm Assessment of Positive Welfare for Beef Cattle, Broiler Chicken and Pigs. Animals, 12(5),



Rowe, E., Rix, J., & Mullan, S. (2021) Rationale for defining recognition of “higher” animal welfare farm assurance

schemes in a global food system: the GAWA alliance. Frontiers in Animal Science - Animal Welfare and Policy, 68.


Dawkins, M., Rowe, E. (2020) Poultry welfare monitoring: group-level technologies. In: Nicol, C. (Ed.)

Understanding the behaviour and improving the welfare of chickens. Cambridge, UK: Burleigh Dodds.


Mullan, S., Bunglavan, S. J., Rowe, E., Barrett, D. C., Lee, M. R. F., Ananth, D. & Tarlton, J. (2020) Welfare

Challenges of Dairy Cows in India Identified Through On-Farm Observations. Animals. 10, 4, 13 p. 586.


Rowe, E., Dawkins, M. S. & Gebhardt-Henrich, S. G. (2019) A Systematic Review of Precision Livestock Farming in

the Poultry Sector: Is Technology Focussed on Improving Bird Welfare? Animals 9, 9, 18 p., 614.


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