Alice Hovorka obtained her BA (Hons) in Geography from Queen’s University and her MA in Geography from Carleton University. Following graduation she consulted on urban issues for Canadian International Development Agency and worked as an International Development Research Centre intern mainstreaming gender within urban agriculture projects. She received her PhD in Geography from Clark University, focusing on gender and urban agriculture (mainly poultry) in Botswana. She joined the Department of Geography at Guelph as Assistant Professor, became a Humboldt Fellow, and was promoted to Full Professor in 2014.
In 2015, she joined Queen’s University as Professor in the Department of Geography and Planning, and now serves as Director of the School of Environmental Studies and where she leads the Lives of Animals research group (http://www.queensu.ca/livesofanimals/) that focuses on human animal relations. The group is interested in how humans think about, place and interact with animals, and how animals actively shape human lives, landscapes and development trajectories, as well as animal governance and the networks of actors, knowledges, structures, practices, and outcomes that shape human management of animals. Its work is interdisciplinary, bridging social sciences with natural sciences to ensure holistic research results meaningful for both human and nonhuman animals; with collaboration with communities, scientists, practitioners, NGOs and governments.