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Title of Project

Kissing sharks? A trans-species and sensory ethnography of human-shark (Selachimorpha) encounters

Name of Researcher

Sarah Oxley Heaney

What is this project?


* To investigate how shark-‘shark-listener’ intimate, interspecies relationships help to change perceptions of sharks. 

*To document these unique shark-shark-listener relationships

*Explore whether such relationships can change negative, stereotypical perceptions of sharks.


Who is conducting this research?


*Sarah Oxley Heaney, a PhD student at the University of Exeter and this research forms part of my PhD. 

*My supervisor is Professor Samantha Hurn whose contact email is: This research is self-funded.


What does being part of this study mean for me?

If you join this forum it will involve signing up as a member to discuss shark issues.


You can withdraw from the forum at any time, you may delete your exchanges and membership at any time and you do not need to answer any questions that you do not wish to answer.


You are asked to sign up with a pseudonym (a fictitious name) so your comments are pseudonymised.


Your pseudonymised/anonymised comments may be published, either in journal articles or elsewhere, following this research.  


Whom can I contact for further information?

For further information about the research or your forum data, please contact:

Sarah Oxley Heaney

If you have concerns/questions about the research you would like to discuss with someone else at the University, please contact:

Professor Samantha Hurn


Department of Sociology, Philosophy and Anthropology

Amory Building, Rennes Drive, Exeter, Devon. EX4 4RJ

What will happen to my data?


Your data will be held in accordance with the UK Data Protection Act.


The information you provide will be used for research purposes only and your personal data will be processed in accordance with current data protection legislation and the University's notification lodged at the Information Commissioner's Office.

Your personal data will be treated in the strictest confidence and will not be disclosed to any unauthorised third parties. The results of the research will be published in anonymised/pseudonymised form. Data will be held and used on an anonymous/pseudonymised basis, with no mention of your name, and may be retained until publications are complete.

There is no compulsion for me to participate in this research project and, if I do choose to participate, I may withdraw at any stage up until the data has been anonymized, published or would hinder timely completion of the PhD thesis).

I agree to all the terms below:

Your name and data will be anonymised or pseudonymised unless you wish your real name to be used. Please tell me which name you are giving below:

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