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Research interests

  • Science communication, media, popular science
  • Animal health and medicine
  • Histories of evolutionary biology and psychology
  • Environmental history
  • Interdisciplinarity

My research has been driven by a persistent interest in how the sciences of humans, animals, disease and the environment interact with one another.  I have also studied extensively how science is constructed and communicated in the public sphere, particularly in the context of scientific controversies taking place in mass media.  From 2011-2013 worked with Abigail Woods' One Medicine? project, investigating 21st century movements advocating the convergence of human and animal health.

I have also been researching debates over badgers and bovine TB in the UK for some years, looking at interactions between media practices, scientific/veterinary expertise and constructions of animals in the contemporary public controversy.  My Wellcome fellowship has been granted to extend this work into an investigation of the history of bovine TB between the 1960s and 1990s: over this time the disease in cattle was first linked with infections in wildlife and also started to return following a near-successful eradication campaign.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 2 - Zero Hunger
  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action

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