Personal profile


Herre de Bondt is a PhD student in anthropology at the University of Roehampton. He works within the Wellcome Trust-funded Animal Feeding Project, for which he conducts ethnographic research on bird feeding practices. The bird feeding industry in the UK is immense, but what motivates people to feed these creatures? How do people differentiate between species that should be fed and species that are less deserving of our care? And what do bird-feeding practices reveal about ourselves as humans?

Herre answers these questions through three case studies: General garden bird feeding in London's private residential gardens, public urban feeding of pigeons, and supplementary provisioning of the reintroduced red kite (Milvus milvus) in Reading. Combining these cases sheds light on urban human-animal relations and how to reconfigure these in times of global ecological crises.

Education/Academic qualification

Research Master Urban Studies, MSc, Persevering Pests: Human and Nonhuman Biopolitics of Urban Avian Pest Management in Tokyo and The Hague

Sept 2018Jul 2020

Award Date: 20 Oct 2020

Anthropology, BSc (Hons)

Sept 2014Jul 2017

Award Date: 1 Jul 2017

External positions

Junior Researcher - Human Geography, Planning, and International Development, University of Amsterdam

1 Oct 202031 Dec 2020


  • GN Anthropology
  • Multispecies Ethnography
  • Urban Ecology
  • Human-Animal Studies
  • Urban Political Ecology

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