Maria Short (b. 1969) is a photographer, writer and a Senior Lecturer in Photography at the University of Brighton. She was awarded a BA (hons) degree in Editorial Photography in 1995 and an MA in Sequential Design in 1997. Short’s long-term professional practice explores photographic portraits of the domestic animal and the ways in which the human-animal relationship is visually represented. Her pedagogic interest, the fostering of global citizenship through creative endeavour, is inspired by the work of the educator Daisaku Ikeda and his belief that, “the task of education must be fundamentally to ensure that knowledge serves to further the cause of human happiness and peace. Education must be the propelling force for an eternally unfolding humanitarian quest.”