University of Exeter

Gail is Professor in Human Geography at the University of Exeter. Her work is located at the intersections of human geography; science and technology studies; and animal studies. Recent research seeks to chart the changing geographies of laboratory animal research, support decision-making in complex science-policy contexts, and develop innovative public and artist engagements with science. She has previously published on natural history film-making practices, public attitudes to xenotransplantation, international developments using mutant mice to understand the human genome, and methods to engage different perspectives around complex issues in science.

Gail’s work on the animal research nexus involves understanding changing patient expectations and engagements with animal research. This builds on interests in how translational and personalised medicine are changing the nature of ethics and experiments. Gail Davies was appointed to the Animals in Science Committee in 2013 and chaired the recent review of harm–benefit analysis in UK animal research.

Rich is a human geographer based at the University of Exeter. Rich is particularly interested in how our social, cultural, and emotional relationships with animals intersect with ideas and practices of health, care, and medicine. Rich’s previous research has involved working with people affected by health conditions to understand the roles of animals within various caring and health-promoting practices, such as care-farming and animal-assisted-therapies.

As part of the Animal Research Nexus, Rich is exploring the changing ways in which patients encounter animal research, and the practical and ethical issues that emerge at this interface. Rich’s work aims to contribute to discussions about the role of Patient and Public Involvement in basic biomedical research, developing an understanding of the ways in which people affected by health conditions wish to engage with animal research.

University of Manchester

Bentley obtained a BSc in Marine Biology at the University of Stirling, followed by an MSc in Cellular Pathology at University of Westminster before completing a PhD in Virology at Imperial College London, while working as a veterinary virologist for the Animal Plant Health Agency (APHA).

As a public engagement practitioner, Bentley has devised, implemented and delivered award winning projects across art, science and technology for Wellcome, Imperial College London, Science Museum and the British Council.

Bentley’s role is to develop, drive and facilitate innovative and exciting public engagement on the animal research nexus. They have particular interests in queer things, monstrous things, performative roles, living technologies, the creation and destruction of unique ecosystems within biomedical facilities, the human/non-human bond and the role of touch in human/nonhuman communication.

Rob is a Lecturer in Medical History and Humanities at the Centre for the History of Science, Technology and Medicine (CHSTM), University of Manchester (UK). His work examines the role of nonhuman animals in human cultures, particularly in science, medicine and health. Rob leads the historical research stream across the Wellcome Trust Collaborative Award ‘The Animal Research Nexus: Changing Constitutions of Science, Health and Welfare’.

Rob is also investigating how human-animal relations shape and potentially sustain health and wellbeing in society. This research asks how our perceptions of medicine might change if health and wellbeing were thought of as more than human concerns. It explores how medicine has formed various partnerships with nonhuman species, such as the use of maggots in wound healing or assistance animals such as the ‘guide’ dog.

Dmitriy is a historian of science and medicine with a broad interest in 20th century biomedicine, human-animal relations and the history of science communication. His PhD examined the invention and early adoption of genetically modified (transgenic) mice in the 1980s US and Britain. He has since worked on the history of the Roslin Institute and the cloning of Dolly the Sheep and on the history of Soviet bacteriophage therapy – using viruses to treat bacterial infections.

On the Animal Nexus project, he works with Rob Kirk at CHSTM (University of Manchester) to elucidate the social, political and scientific context of the passing of the Animals (Scientific Procedures) Act in 1986, and its effects on the practices of lab animal research and welfare. He also explores the effect of transgenic animals on existing lab animal procedures, infrastructures and markets in the 1980s and early 1990s.

University of Nottingham

Vanessa qualified as a Veterinary Surgeon from Liverpool University in 2000, spent several years in mixed and then companion animal practice and became interested in animal ethics following her appointment as a Named Veterinary Surgeon.

Vanessa hold an RCVS Certificate in Animal Welfare Science, Ethics and Law, a Master’s degree in medical ethics and Law (distinction) and is a recognised European Veterinary Specialist in Animal Welfare Science, Ethics and Law.

Vanessa was awarded a Clinical Fellowship in Ethics and Society by the Wellcome Trust in 2013 to research the social and ethical implications of applying the medical concept of 'donation' to animals. In this project Vanessa aims to combine her experience as a clinician in the laboratory and her qualitative research skills to explore the nature and role of professional identities in the animal research setting, with a specific focus on the Named Veterinary Surgeon (NVS).

Pru is Associate Professor in Welfare, Ethics and Society at the School of Veterinary Medicine and Science, University of Nottingham. She is a social scientist with expertise in medical sociology, science and technology studies, and veterinary ethics. Pru has significant experience of interdisciplinary working, including with natural scientists, clinicians and wider stakeholders. She has a particular interest in the use of animals as both producers and consumers of medicine, and in issues around technologies including vaccination.

Pru holds a first class MA (hons) in Politics from the University of Edinburgh, and a PhD in Science and Technology Studies from the University of Nottingham. In 2006 she was awarded a Wellcome Trust Fellowship in Biomedical Ethics which involved a Visiting Fellowship at the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard.

Renelle is a PhD student at the School of Veterinary Medicine and Science, University Of Nottingham. She received her MSc in Sociology from the University of Amsterdam, specialising in Gender, Sexuality, and Culture. Following this, Renelle worked as a Research Assistant at Blackpool Council, supporting the evaluation of public sector initiatives and undertaking research for local authorities across Lancashire.

Renelle is passionate about ethnographic methods that emphasise ‘voice’, embodied knowledges, and reflexivity, as practiced within her BA and MSc theses on women’s experiences of mainstream nightclubs. Going forward, Renelle is interested in how scientific discourses regulate human and animal bodies and maintain boundaries between these. Through her role in project 4 of the Wellcome Trust Animal Research Nexus Programme, Renelle will explore public understandings of animal research and the professionals who work within this field.

University of Oxford

Beth is Associate Professor of Human Geography and Fellow of Keble College, University of Oxford. Her research examines the social implications of scientific innovations in the areas of health, biomedicine and the environment.

Employing a range of qualitative, ethnographic and archival methods, Beth seeks to understand the social, cultural and ethical processes through which humans and animals are made available as experimental subjects for biomedical research.

Previous projects include, Exploring how laboratory animal technologists put ethics into practice (2013-2015, with Dr Emma Roe) and she was a founding member of the Laboratory Animals in the Social Sciences and Humanities (LASSH) network. She is a co-author of Bodies Across Borders (Ashgate) Health Geographies: A Critical Introduction (Wiley-Blackwell) and Bioinformation (Polity).

Reuben is a postdoctoral research assistant working on the AnNex project ‘Incorporating new species and sites’ with Dr Beth Greenhough at the School of Geography and the Environment, Oxford. With particular interests in things fishy, Reuben will be focusing on the introduction of zebrafish into laboratories and what their growing prominence in science means for practices of ethical review, the 3Rs, animal care and public engagements with animal research.

Originally from South Africa, Reuben completed a PhD in Sociology at the London School of Economics in 2016. His thesis examined 19th century aquaculture techniques through the lens of the social studies of reproduction, arguing that these techniques constituted an early kind of ‘artificial reproductive technology’

University of Southampton

Sara is a Research Fellow at the University of Southampton, where she is exploring the changing networks around the breeding, supply, and archiving of laboratory animals.

Having previously researched how agricultural seeds are banked and circulated for conservation purposes for her PhD in Science and Technology Studies (UCL, 2017), she is interested in how science and technology feature in the relationships between humans and non-humans. Specifically, her research focuses on understanding the distribution of objects, knowledge, values, and harms and benefits in society by mapping the cultural and political economies of topics such as seed conservation, public health emergencies, and animal research.

Educated to postgraduate level in genetics, Sara has experience of basic and clinical research environments. She has also worked at a science museum and remains keen on public engagement activities. She holds honorary research posts at the University of Exeter and UCL.

Emma is Associate Professor in Human Geography at the University of Southampton and an Honorary Research Associate at the School of Veterinary Science, University of Bristol. Emma is a leading trans-disciplinary scholar that develops from her core concerns as a social and cultural geographer in more-than-human geographies. She is comfortable working with those outside her discipline (veterinary science, food science, health science, rural studies, anthropology, engineering, the arts, and economics).

She has 20 years of experience studying the bodies, practices and materialities that constitute the spaces of producing, retailing and eating food, and more recently in the spaces of animal research.

Her work has received research funding from the ESRC, AHRC, the European Commission, the British Academy, the Wellcome Trust, EPSRC and the British Veterinary Association.

She is co-author (with Henry Buller) of the book ‘Food and Animal Welfare’ forthcoming in 2018, published by Bloomsbury Academic Publishing.

Tess is a PhD student in the Department of Geography and the Environment, University of Southampton. Tess completed her undergraduate education at Lancaster University, graduating with a First Class BA Geography degree in 2016. Whilst there, she became interested in policy-making processes in controversial areas, particularly how socio-ethical issues manifest in human-animal relations.

Tess completed her Masters at the University of Bristol in 2016-17, before moving to Southampton to complete her PhD in ‘The Changing Policy and Practice of Laboratory Animal Rehoming’. Working on Project 3 of the Wellcome Trust Animal Research Nexus Programme, she will investigate the extent that a ‘Culture of Care’ exists in laboratory environments, and how this can be continued throughout all life stages of the research animal, both inside and outside of the traditional ‘laboratory space’.