David Gould

David Gould


Prior to studying for the PhD, I received my BA(Hons) from the University of Brighton in 2016 studying Philosophy, Politics, and Ethics. I completed my MA in Cultural and Critical Theory at the University of Leeds in 2017. My MA dissertation, titled Out Come the Wolves: On the Need to Destroy Nature, examined the historical emergence of nature and argued for a radical reapproach to environmental activism.

I am also an Associate Editor for parallax, a peer for the Journal of Critical Animal Studies, and a Teaching Assistant at the University of Leeds.

Research interests

I am currently studying a PhD at the University of Leeds in the School of Media and Communication. My project examines the role of censorship in shaping how animal death is represented in visual media. I examine the BBFC annual reports, developments in UK legislation, and audience responses to draw out the ethical and epistemic tensions that inform theories of representation and animal rights debates.

More information can be found at my website www.dmism.com


  • BA(hons) Philosophy, Politics, and Ethics (Brighton)
  • MA Cultural and Critical Theory (Leeds)