Dr Dinesh Wadiwel
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Dr Dinesh Wadiwel

Senior Lecturer
School Postgraduate Coursework Coordinator
+61 2 9351 4811
Dr Dinesh Wadiwel

Dinesh is a senior lecturer in human rights and socio-legal studies, with a background in social and political theory. He has had over 15 years experience working within civil society organisations, including in anti-poverty and disability rights roles.

Dinesh’s research interests include theories of violence, critical animal studies and disability rights.

  • HRTD6901: Human Rights Norms and Mechanisms (Semester 1 and 2)
  • SCLG2605: Social Justice, Law and Society (Semester 1)
  • SCLG2022 : Society and Animals (Semester 2)

Dinesh’s current book project explores the relationship between animals and capitalism. This builds on his monograph, The War against Animals (Leiden / Boston: Brill/Rodopi, 2015). Dinesh is also involved in a project exploring the application of the United Nations Convention against Torture to the treatment of people with disability.

  • Convenor Human Animal Research Network (HARN), University of Sydney
  • Co-convenor (with Professor Gerard Goggin) Disability Rights Research Network, University of Sydney Social Justice Network
  • Member, Federation of Ethnic Communities Councils of Australia (FECCA) Disability Advisory Committee.
  • Member, Diversity and Disability Alliance Board
Project titleResearch student
Taking the Black Pill: Fatalism in the Incel worldviewTom KERWICK


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Selected Grants


  • Media, Inclusion, & Disability: Resources for Attitudinal Change (MIDRAC), Villeneuve M, Goggin G, Wadiwel D, Evans D, Bonati M, Little C, Millington M, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (Federal)/Australia-Indonesia Institute


  • Human Animal Research Network, Probyn-Rapsey F, Belov K, Black C, Degeling C, Fawcett (Quain) A, Irvine R, Johnston J, Lea T, Kindt J, Michael M, McGreevy P, McManus P, Raubenheimer D, Schlosberg D, Spurr B, Shine R, Wadiwel D, DVC Research/Research Network Scheme (SyReNS)