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Research interests

My PhD research measured engagement between autistic children and donkeys using mixed-methods that embrace diversity between and within species.

Current evidence often comes from test-re-test psychometric scores that demonstrate improvement in the areas that the child has been deemed deficient. This approach not only fails to capture the child’s abilities and focuses on their disabilities, it omits to include the affect of the child-equid relationship. 

My thesis argues that child-equid interactions are dynamic. One participant will have an effect on the engagement of the other and this variable requires much more attention prior to reporting benefits of equine assisted activities (EAA’s). 

Current Research Projects

Explore the sustainability of the human-equid relationship in relation to climate change and interconnected human animal wellbeing
Can human-equid activities enhance wellbeing for both species and how do we collect and disseminate that knowledge?

Project 1.
A cross-cultural exploration of the interconnectedness of working equids (horses, donkeys and mules) and their humans’ though a one health - one welfare lens.

Project 2.
Opportunities for expression of natural problem solving behaviours in non-ridden equids (horses, donkeys and mules)


Whitham Jones (Forthcoming) Reframing Equine Assisted Activities with Symbiotic Ethics (book chapter) in Hurn, S. (eds) Symbiotic Ethics. Routledge.


Whitham Jones, M. (2019) Exploring methodologies for capturing multispecies engagment in Equid Assisted Activities: The perspective of autistic children and donkeys. Journal Animal Law &International Animal Welfare Science. No.3, July 2019, pp149-170


Whitham Jones, M. (2018) Hidden in Plain Sight. in Parent, I. (eds) A Horse is a Horse of Course. Compendium 3. Minds-n-motion.


Education/Academic qualification

Anthrozoology, PhD.

Award Date: 13 Feb 2018

Education (inc. SEN), MEd

PGCE Science

Psychology, BSc (hons)

External positions

Postdoctoral Honorary Fellow, University of Exeter

2019 → …

Peer Reviewer for Society and Animal Journal


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