School of Arts

Dr Lyle Munro

Position:Honorary Associate
Study area: Collaborative Research Centre in Australian History (CRCAH)
Location: Gippsland Campus Room 1E 118 


Doctor of Philosophy – Monash University – 2002
Master of Arts– Australian National University – 1990
Bachelor of Letters – Australian National University – 1984
Bachelor of Arts – University of Queensland – 1971


Lyle taught history, sociology and German in various high schools in Queensland and in a secondary college (Years 11-12) in the ACT. He taught English at the now Einstein Gymnasium in Buchholz in der Nordheide in Germany from 1971-2 before returning to Canberra where he worked in the Commonwealth Teaching Service as a Recruitment Officer and later in the ACT Schools Authority as a Teacher Development Officer.

He taught sociology at the Gippsland Institute of Advanced Education (GIAE) and Monash from 1990-2010 and since 2014 he has been an Honorary Associate at Federation University.

Areas of expertise

1. Education
Lyle’s   postgraduate degrees were on the issues of students’ experience of school and work and the sociological impact of the   collapse of the school-to- work transition in the 1970s.

2. Animal Protection
His PhD dissertation (2002) Beasts abstract not: A sociology of animal protection was published as Confronting Cruelty: Animals, Moral Orthodoxy and the Challenge of the Animal Rights Movement, Brill, Leiden and Boston , 2005. The monograph is the first in the series published by the Animals and Society Institute in the USA currently listing 20 volumes.

His first book utilised his studies of history, politics and sociology and was published as Compassionate Beasts: The Quest for Animal Rights, Praeger, New York, 2001.

3. The life chances of humans and other animals in Australia

Research interests

  • Social movement theories and activist practices
  • Environmental and animal rights protest movements
  • Life chances and the education of students, workers and citizens
  • Comparing further education and higher education in Australia, the UK, Germany and USA



Life Chances: Education and  Social  Movements : London and New York: Anthem Press (2019)

Confronting Cruelty: Animals, Moral Orthodoxy and the Challenge of the Animal Rights Movement, Brill, Leiden and  Boston , 2005.

Compassionate Beasts:The Quest for Animal  Rights, Praeger, New York, 2001.

Book chapters

Chapter 1 “Strategies and Tactics of Australian Animal Protectionists” in Gonzalo Villaneuva (ed) Animal Advocacy  in Australia and New Zealand, Sydney: Sydney University Press (forthcoming 2018)

Chapter 22”The animal rights movement “in Hein-Anton van  der Heijden (ed)  Handbook of Political Citizenship and Social Movements, (2014)  Edward Elgar Publishing, Netherlands. USA and UK. Also online: DOI:10:4337/978119541706.00031

Chapter 4   “Animals, ‘nature’ and human interests” in Rob White (ed) Controversies in Environmental Sociology, Cambridge University Press, Melbourne, 2004.

Chapter  3 “Deviance, crime and social control” in Christine Stafford and Brian Furze  (1997) 2nd edition,  Society and Change: A Sociological Introduction to Contemporary Australia, Macmillan Education Australia, Melbourne.

Chapter  5 “Education”  in   Christine Stafford and Brian Furze  (1997) 2nd edition,  Society and Change: A Sociological Introduction to Contemporary Australia, Macmillan Education Australia, Melbourne

Refereed journal articles

Book Review of Jenny Gray's Zoo Ethics: The challenges of compassionate conservation in Anthropological Forum 28, 3, 2018

“The live animal export controversy in Australia: A moral crusade made for the mass media”,  Social Movement Studies, published on line 27 January, 2014, DOI: 1080/14742837.2013.874524. pp 214-229

“Animal rights in theory and practice: A review of the sociological literature”, Sociology Compass Online Journal, February,  2012, 6,2, pp. 166-181.

“Teaching and learning guide on the animal protection movement”: Sociology Compass Online Journal, June, 2012, 6 , 6  ,pp. 511-518.

“ ‘It’s  a lot of hard work’: The experiences of university students in term-time employment”, 2011, Vol 37 No 1 Australian Bulletin of Labour , pp 33-50.

“Go boldly, dream large: The challenges confronting   non-traditional students at University”, 2011,  55/2 Australian Journal of Education , pp. 115-131.

“Review of Volumes 1-5: Animals and Society: Critical Concepts in the Social Sciences”, Rhoda Wilkie and David Inglis (eds.2007), Routledge, London and New York in Society & Animals: Journal of Human -Animal Studies ,   2008,16, pp. 91—93.

“Strategies, action repertoires and DIY activism in the animal rights movement”, in Social Movement Studies, 2005, 4 (1), pp 75-94.

“ The  animal activism of Henry Spira (1927-1998)” , Society & Animals, 2002, 10 (2), pp.173 – 191.

“Caring about blood, flesh and pain: Women’s standing in the animal protection movement”, Society & Animals, 2001 Vol 9, No 1, pp 43-61.

“Future animal: Environmental and animal welfare perspectives on the genetic engineering of animals”, Cambridge Quarterly of Healthcare Ethics, 2001,  Vol 10, 314-324.

“From vilification to accommodation: Making a common cause movement” in Cambridge Quarterly of Healthcare Ethics, 1999, 8, 46-57.

“Contesting moral capital in campaigns against animal liberation” in Society and Animals, 1999, Vol 7, No 1, pp. 35-53.

“Framing cruelty: The construction of duck shooting as a social problem” in Society and Animals, 1997,  pp 137-154, Whitehorse Press.

“ Narratives of protest: Television’s framing of an animal liberation campaign” in Media International Australia, pp 103-112, February, 1997.

“Grassroots animal rights activism: The case of Mountain Residents for Animal Rights” in Regional Journal of Social Issues, 1994, No 28, 1994 pp 37-49.

"A decade of Animal Liberation”  in Current Affairs Bulletin, Volume 70, Number 7, December 1993/January 1994, WEA of NSW and the University of Sydney, pp. 12-19.

"Hopping in Hamburger Heaven: Youth underemployment in the service sector" in Youth Studies Australia,1992, Vol 11 No3 , pp 25-33, University of Tasmania, Hobart.