Gail is a Professor in Human Geography at the University of Exeter. Her work is located at the intersection of human geography, science and technology studies, and animal studies. Her work seeks to chart the changing geographies of laboratory animal research, support decision-making in complex science-policy contexts, and develop innovative public engagements with science. She has previously published on natural history film-making practices, public engagement around xenotransplantation, international collaborations using mutant mice to understand the human genome, and the use of both artistic and analytic-deliberative 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 2013-2019 and chaired the 2017 review of Harm–Benefit Analysis in UK animal research.