Disease Management and the Biosocial Communities of the Livestock Farm - Medical Sciences, PhD (MRC Funded) Ref: 2988

About the award

Main supervisors: Prof Henry Buller and Prof Steve Hinchliffe, Dept. Geography, University of Exeter
Co-supervisors: Prof Helen Lambert and Dr Kristen Reyher, Bristol Veterinary School, University of Bristol
Host institution: University of Exeter

Project description:
This PhD will explore the relationship between animal health and farmer/farm worker health within the livestock sector, with a particular focus on the management and use of antimicrobial medicines. Qualitative and ethnographic research will be undertaken in a selection of livestock farms to investigate the health practices of farm personnel and how these intersect with daily practices of animal health care and treatment. The project will identify and assess specific practices of articulation and pathways of potential disease transmission and through a qualitative exploration of human medical histories and animal treatment data will consider the value of the concept of ‘biosocial communities’ in addressing the cross-species management of disease environments within the livestock sector. This interdisciplinary PhD is co-supervised by academics from the social, veterinary and health sciences from the universities of Exeter and Bristol.

Applicants should possess a degree in either social science or human medical anthropology and have an interdisciplinary research interest in the environment of the livestock farm. The successful candidate will also be associated with the GW4 Doctoral Training Partnership at Exeter which will provide additional training opportunities and local student cohort activities.

This four year PhD is funded by the Medical Research Foundation’s National PhD Training Programme in Antimicrobial Resistance Research. The successful candidate will be strongly encouraged to participate in a number of funded training and network-building activities and events over the four year period, including on-line training resources, summer residential training weeks, annual AMR conferences and tailored meetings responsive to developments and opportunities relevant to the AMR field.


Application deadline:31st January 2018
Value:Full payment of tuition fees to the value of £4,195 per annum. A maintenance stipend of £14,553 per annum.
Duration of award:per year
Contact: Doctoral Collegepgrenquiries@exeter.ac.uk

How to apply

Apply by clicking the blue box above and following the instructions. You will be asked to provide your CV, a covering letter and two academic references.

Please do not hesitate to contact the University with general queries or the supervisors with technical questions.

This studentship is NOT open to students classed as International for fee purposes. UK and EU students are eligible to apply if they have been ordinarily resident in the UK for the past 3 years or more.