Appleton Institute, Central Queensland University
Kirrilly Thompson is a principal researcher at Central Queensland University’s Appleton Institute. She is a trained anthropologist researching the cultural dimensions of risk-perception and safety, with a specialisation in human-animal studies. Kirrilly is the lead investigator of ‘Should I stay or Should I go: Increasing natural disaster preparedness and survival through animal attachment’ (Australian Research Council), and chief investigator of ‘Managing Animals in Disasters’ (CRC for Bushfires and Natural Hazards). Kirrilly was one of ABC Radio National’s Top 5 scientists under 40 for 2015 and is an invited expert blogger on Animals and Disaster for World Animal Protection.