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Michelle Sinclair Visiting Fellow

1585 Massachusetts Avenue
Cambridge, MA, 02138

Dr. Michelle Sinclair is an International Animal Welfare Program Manager, an academic and an author from Australia. Adhering to the impact principal of doing the best for the most, Michelle’s work has focussed on farm animals, with particular emphasis on Asia.  

Academically, Michelle is a cross-cultural anthrozoologist with qualifications in psychology, human resources, animal welfare and veterinary science. Aiming to better understand the stakeholders capable of making impactful change for animals around the world, such as livestock leaders in Asia, she conducts research to identify barriers, opportunities, mutual benefits and solutions with the goal of engaging traditionally adversarial parties into strategic collaboration to improve animal welfare. Professionally, in addition to managing her international programs Michelle has been a senior leader at RSPCA in Australia, established charitable programs, managed veterinary hospitals in both private and university environments, and been a Human Resources Manager within the travel industry. 

Michelle’s PhD, titled ‘Engaging Stakeholders Into Improving Animal Welfare Across Borders’ was completed at the School of Veterinary Sciences at the University of Queensland at home in Australia, and her Master of Science (MSc) was in International Animal Welfare, Ethics and Law from the University of Edinburgh in the UK. She continues to publish her research to support improvement in international development and consults with NGOs to build their international programs. 

Her current active research projects include working with leaders in the livestock industry in China to better understand the opportunities for developing farm animal welfare; understanding the perspective of egg producers in China, Japan, Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand and the Philippines towards moving cage-free along with the barriers, solutions and most impactful support; and investigating the attitudes of the general public in India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Thailand, Philippines, Malaysia, China, Australia, UK and USA towards animals, their welfare, key consumption and farming practices and capacity to engage in higher welfare industries. 

Michelle is passionate about international development in animal welfare, human welfare, racial and social equality, refugee and asylum seeker protection, and exploring cultures. Being Australian she also cares about the conservation of sharks, snakes and spiders. Michelle comes to us with her well-travelled rescue beagle Wilbur. 

You can read all of Michelle’s published work, and her work during her fellowship is featured below.