Project Team

Principal Investigator

Giacomo is a UKRI Future Leaders Fellow in Philosophy at the University of Stirling. He obtained his PhD in 2014 at the former Northern Institute of Philosophy, University of Aberdeen. Before joining the University of Stirling, he worked at the universities of Aberdeen, Glasgow, and Copenhagen. Giacomo is an epistemologist interested in building bridges between disciplines.

Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Kirsten is a postdoctoral research fellow in Philosophy and Psychology at the University of Stirling. She holds a BSc in Psychology, an MSc in Child Development, and was awarded her PhD in Developmental Psychology at the University of Stirling in 2021. Kirsten’s research focuses on children’s socio-cognitive development and the distinctiveness of human cumulative culture, she is also interested in comparative cognition.

Dr Eva Rafetseder


Eva received her PhD in Cognitive Development from the University of Salzburg in 2010. She went on to serve as a PostDoctoral Researcher at the University of Salzburg and at the University of Konstanz, before taking on a post as Lecturer at the University of Stirling in 2013, and as Senior Lecturer in 2019. From 2020 to 2021 Eva was Visiting Professor at the University of Konstanz. In her research she focuses on cognitive development, especially the development of counterfactual reasoning, understanding of possibility and theory of mind. Her expertise includes interdisciplinary research and longitudinal study design.

Dr Zsófia Virányi


Zsófia is a senior researcher at the Comparative Cognition Unit of the Messerli Research Institute, University of Veterinary Medicine, Vienna, Medical University of Vienna, and University of Vienna. She holds an Msc in Biology, a PhD in Ethology, and habilitated in the field of Animal Behaviour, Cognition, and Human-Animal Interactions in 2020. Zsófia is a co-founder of the Clever Dog Lab and the Wolf Science Center, and her research focuses on the social behaviour and cognition of dogs and wolves, in comparison to non-human primates and human children.

Dr Marianne Wondrak

Pig Research Advisor

Messerli Research Institute,
University of Veterinary Medicine, Vienna

Scientific Board

Prof Christine Caldwell

University of Stirling

Prof Crispin Wright

University of Stirling & New York University

Prof Michael Wheeler

University of Stirling

Prof Hilary Kornblith

University of Massachusetts Amherst

Prof Ludwig Huber

Messerli Research Institute
University of Veterinary Medicine, Vienna

Theme by the University of Stirling

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