Bjørn Ralf Kristensen is a doctoral student in the Environmental Studies Program and the Department of Philosophy at the University of Oregon (USA). He is an environmental philosopher working at the intersection of animal ethics, environmental justice, and public health. Some of his research involves the engaging with the ethical implications of wild animals who have developed dependencies on humans and anthropogenic environments – For example, threatened species living in urban settings, such as the critically endangered European hamster in Vienna, Austria (a case he has written on). He most recently published a chapter engaging with ethical considerations of wild animals in the context of zoonotic disease and One Health initiatives in the recently edited volume More-than-One Health: Humans, Animals, and the Environment Post-COVID (Routledge, 2023). Some of his other recent work is focused on improved sanitation, both in the context of informal settlements and with regard to intergenerational justice.
Animal rights within the rights of nature
Critical legal and philosophical perspectives