Deidre Wicks is an academic and author who has been a member of the Voiceless Council since 2010. In 2015, Deidre came on board as a Voiceless Director. She is an Honorary Fellow at Wollongong University and an Honorary Research Associate at the University of Newcastle. She has a PhD from Macquarie University.
After gaining an international readership for her book on the health professions, Nurses and Doctors at Work: Rethinking Professional Boundaries, Deidre published widely on the subject. In the mid-1990’s, an opportunity arose to combine a personal commitment to animal protection with academic work, when Deidre helped develop a Sociology subject which included material on vegetarianism and a critique of meat eating. This was reflected in several publications, including the book chapter ‘Humans, Food and Other Animals: The Vegetarian Option’ in J Germov and L Williams (eds), A Sociology of Food and Nutrition: The Social Appetite (Oxford University Press), 2017.
Deidre has presented papers at conferences such as the international Minding Animal conferences and the Australasian Animal Studies Association’s bi-annual conferences. Her work has focused on the application of the sociology of ‘silence and denial’ to animal suffering, and in that area published ‘Silence and Denial in Everyday life – The Case of Animal Suffering’ in a special edition of the on-line journal Animals. She has also contributed essays on this and related topics to the Voiceless e-bulletin.
More recently Deidre has concentrated her research on the dairy industry and was a contributing author to the major Voiceless report, The Life of the Dairy Cow. In addition to her academic work, she has been a life-long animal advocate in Australia and internationally. In 2018, she published ‘Demystifying Dairy’ in the Animal Studies Journal, (Volume 7, 2). In addition to her academic work, Deidre has been a life-long animal advocate and activist in Australia and in Ireland. Read Deidre’s blog.