This project will explore how publics understand animal research using the written accounts of voluntary correspondents to the Mass Observation Project (MOP). With previous studies of public thought on animal research largely using quantitative data, this PhD seeks to capture the sociocultural contexts that inform ethical and technoscientific judgements and illustrate the complexity of the issue through qualitative research.
My questions for workshop participants include:
- Should publics play a greater role on AWERBS? And how can lay representation be further developed?
- How should cases of disagreement be engaged with in public discussions around animal research?
- Should publics have more input into animal research policy?