Joanna Swabe

Joanna Swabe
Miembro de otra universidad

Dr. Joanna Swabe is Senior Director of Public Affairs for Humane Society International/Europe. Swabe oversees the development and implementation of HSI’s animal welfare policies in the European Union and is responsible for coordinating the organisation’s relations with the European Commission, European Parliament and Council of the European Union.  Her primary task is to encourage these EU institutions to achieve legislative change and to get a wide variety of animal protection issues on the agenda of EU policymakers.

To date, Jo Swabe has worked on a broad range of animal welfare and wildlife protection issues in the EU, including the trade in commercial seal products, shark finning and CITES-related matters. She is also responsible for implementing HSI’s trade policy in the EU, focusing primarily on the inclusion of animal welfare and wildlife protection provisions in Free Trade Agreements.

Before switching to a professional career in animal protection in 2004, Swabe worked for more than a decade as an academic researcher in the field of anthrozoology. She received her Ph.D. in sociology from the University of Amsterdam in 1997. Her doctoral thesis focused on the relationship between animals, disease and human society. She has published a wide variety of scholarly articles, books and research reports, primarily relating to human-animal relationships and veterinary issues. 



  • 2003      Het Doden van Dieren: Maatschappelijke en Ethische Aspecten. (Killing Animals: Social and Ethical Aspects)Symposium proceedings. Wageningen: Wageningen Academic Press (co-editors Koolmees, P.A. & Rutgers, L.J.E.).
  • 1999      Animals, Disease and Human Society: Human-Animal Relations and the Rise of Veterinary Medicine. London: Routledge. (Book edition of Ph.D. dissertation)
  • 1998      Vis van Zee tot Dis. Toen en Nu in het Visbedrijf, in het bijzonder in Scheveningen. (Fish: From the Sea to the Dish). Den Haag: Museum Scheveningen. (with A. van Otterloo).

Research Reports

  • 2003      Het doden van gehouden dieren: ja, mits… of nee, tenzij? (Killing Domestic Animals). (co-authors Rutgers, L.J.E. & Noordhuizen-Stassen, E.N.) Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO)/ Utrecht University.
  • 2001      Van zaadje tot karbonaadje: betrokkenen over de volksgezondheidsrisico’s van de veehouderij. (Report on public health risks and livestock production) Den Haag: Rathenau Instituut (with commentary from Sterrenberg, L.S.  & van de Poll, N.E.).


  • 2012 ‘Extinction in a bowl: Extinction in a Bowl: Exploring the cruel and wasteful practice of shark finning’ In ‘Sea the Truth, Essays on Overfishing, Pollution and Climate Change’; Nicolas G Pierson Foundation
  • 2005      'Loved to Death: Veterinary Visions of Pet-keeping in Modern Dutch Society'. In Knight, J. (ed) Animals in Person: Cultural Perspectives on Human-Animal Intimacies.. London: Berg. pp. 101-118.
  •                 ‘Cultural attitudes towards killing animals’. In de Jonge, F., van den Bos, R., Zwart, H. & Lijmbach, S. (eds) Human-Animal Relationships, Animals in Philosophy and Science Series. Assen: van Gorcum BV. pp. 123-139. (co-authors Rutgers, L.J.E & Noordhuizen-Stassen, N.E.)

    2004      ‘Folklore, Perceptions, Science and Rabies Prevention and Control’. In King, A., Fooks, A.R. Aubert, M. & Wandeler, A. (eds) Historical perspective of Rabies in Europe and the Mediterranean Basin. Paris: OIE World Organisation for Animal Health. pp.311-322.

    2002      'De Relatie tussen Mens en Dier in Historisch perspectief (deel 2)' Geschiedenis der Geneeskunde. Nr. 5, Juli 2002.

    'De Relatie tussen Mens en Dier in Historisch perspectief (deel 1)' Geschiedenis der Geneeskunde, Nr. 4, Mei 2002.
  • 2001      'In het Gezelschap van Dieren'. Diergeneeskundig Memorandum. Jaargang No. 3, September 2001. (Special edition on the human-animal relationship.) pp. 5-36.

    2000      'Human Social Evolution and Animal Exploitation through Artificial Selection'. In Goudsblom, J. & Wilterdink, N. (eds) Sociale Evolutie. Groningen: Wolters Noordhoff (Special Edition, Amsterdams Sociologisch Tijdschrift). pp. 55-81.
  •                 'Veterinary Dilemmas: Ambivalence and Ambiguity in Human-Animal Interaction'. In Podberscek, A.L., Paul, E. & Serpell, J.A. (eds) Companion Animals and Us: Exploring the Relationships between People and Pets. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. pp.292-312.
  • 1998      ‘De Relatie tussen Mensen en Andere Dieren’ (The Relationship between Humans and Other Animals). Athenaeum Illustre: Kwartaalschrift van de Universiteit van Amsterdam. March 1998.
  • 1997      ‘De Verleiding van de Lange-termijn’ (The Seduction of the Long-Term). In Wilterdink, N., Heilbron, J. & Swaan, B. de. (eds) Alles Verandert: Opstellen voor en over J. Goudsblom. Amsterdam: Meulenhoff.
  • 1996      ‘The Year of the Cow’. International Society for Anthrozoology Newsletter. No. 12, November 1996.
  •                 ‘Animals, Disease and Human Social Life: The Human-Animal Relationship Reconsidered’. In Onderzoek: Jaarboek 1996 van de Universiteit van Amsterdam. Amsterdam: Vossiuspers AUP.
  •                 ‘Dieren als een Natuurlijke Hulpbron: Ambivalentie in de Relatie tussen Mens en Dier, Binnen en Buiten de Veterinaire Praktijk’ (Animals as a Natural Resource: Ambivalence in the Human-Animal Relationship and Veterinary Practice’). In Heerikhuizen, B. van, Kruithof, B., Schmidt, C. & Tellegen, E. (eds) Milieu als Mensenwerk. Groningen: Wolters-Noordhof.
  •                 ‘Koeienziekte is Prijs van Domesticatie.’ (Mad Cow Disease: the Price of Domestication). NRC Handelsblad 1st April 1996, p.7.
  • 1994      ‘Preserving the Emotional Order: The Display and Management of Emotion in Veterinary Interaction.’ Psychologie en Maatschappij. 68:3, pp.248-260.

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