Team Alumni

Dr Alistair Anderson

Alistair is a human geographer with interests in interspecies health, relationships between medical and veterinary professionals and the public, and science and technology studies.  

His ESRC-funded PhD at the University of Bristol examined pet owners' beliefs and behaviours around antibiotic stewardship. During his PhD, Alistair wrote a parliamentary research briefing for the House of Lords' Library on the potential impacts of the UK's departure from the EU on addressing antimicrobial resistance, and co-authored written evidence regarding diagnostics that was published as part of the House of Commons Health and Social Care Committee's 2018 Inquiry into Antimicrobial Resistance.  

Alistair worked on the Animal Research Nexus Programme from 2020 to 2021 as a Research Fellow with Dr Pru Hobson-West at the University of Nottingham to better understand the role of Named Veterinary Surgeons working in animal research laboratories.

Alistair is now researching vaccine hesitancy with Dr Pru Hobson-West as part of the VAX-TRUST project. 

For more information on Alistair's current research, click here

Dr Vanessa Ashall

Vanessa is an interdisciplinary health researcher and qualified veterinary surgeon, interested in the meaning and significance of human-animal relationships in the context of health and medicine. Vanessa worked on the Animal Research Nexus programme from 2017 to 2019. She is now Senior Research Fellow at the University of York, where she is working on interspecies entanglement and end of life care.

Dr Rich Gorman

Rich completed his PhD in human geography at Cardiff University in 2017, investigating the social and ethical implications of incorporating animals within various caring and health-promoting practices. Rich worked as a postdoctoral research fellow at the University of Exeter on the Wellcome Trust Animal Research Nexus project from 2017-2020, exploring practices of patient involvement around animal research, particularly working with patients and carers to explore their lived experiences of health and illness, and what it means to be ‘involved’ in research that they may find ethically challenging. Rich is now researching ethical preparedness in genomic medicine at the Brighton and Sussex Medical School.

For more information on Rich's current research, click here.