Dr Jill Fernandes

Research Fellow

Centre for Animal Science
Queensland Alliance for Agriculture and Food Innovation
+61 7 334 62264


Dr Jill Fernandes is an agricultural policy scientist in the Centre for Animal Science at the Queensland Alliance for Agriculture and Food Innovation. She joined The University of Queensland in 2017 after concluding her Fulbright Scholar research in Germany and her doctoral research in Environmental Science and Policy at The University of Miami. Trained in zoology and international policy, Jill undertakes research in the fields of decision science, cognitive science, neuroendocrinological biomarkers, public policy and governance. Her major interests are animal cognition and behaviour, social play in animals, human psychology of uncertainty and risk, research translation and adoption, evidence-based policy, and collaborative networks.

Her current research focuses on the emotional states of animals, animal welfare policy, and corporate social responsibility in the Australian livestock industries.

Research Interests

  • Animal welfare
  • Decision science
  • Agricultural policy
  • Animal cognition and emotion
  • Human-centered design (HCD)
  • The science of team science (SciTS)
  • Evidence-based policy
  • Research translation & adoption
  • Collaboration and consultation

Research Impacts

Dr Fernandes passionately seeks to improve the welfare of animals through intensive collaboration. She is a strong advocate of Open Science and strives to improve collaboration among academics, government departments, community groups, and industries.


  • Doctor of Philosophy, University of Miami


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