Social Science Research on Antimicrobial Resistance

Social scientists from all over the British Isles came together to talk about antimicrobial resistance (AMR) at our workshop on Friday 22nd April.

The focus was on research which might be relevant to the forthcoming call for the cross council AMR Theme 4: behaviour within and beyond the health care setting.  To receive updates on this and similar funding opportunities, register an interest here.

Here are some of the highlights recorded by participants on Twitter #amrchamp

Helen Lambert introduces workshop

At Bristol zoo for day on social science research on AMR – looks like it will be an interesting day

Ian Donald: Social Sciences & AMR


Ian Donald: five questions we need to answer about behaviour and

Ian Donald says AMR research coming of age – needs a broad view of what social sciences can bring to AMR research

Matthew Avison on microbiology of AMR

Matthew Avison – when we distrupt our normal microflora we go around “sucking up new bugs like a hoover”

 Matthew Avison (@MutantBug) worth checking out if only for cat with hoover picture!

Gina Pinchbeck Vetinary Sciences and AMR

Gina Pinchbeck – what’s really happening with guidelines for antibiotic use in animals

Alasdair MacGowan: Infections and public health

Alasdair MacGowan: how can we measure the impact of antibiotic resistance

Alisdair MacGowan – takes a long time for patients with resistant infections to get the right treatment

Clare Chandler: a view from anthropology

Clare Chandler – there’s lot more to than changing behaviour to fix a single problem

Clare Chandler asking classic anthropological questions – AMR what is resisting what, where & why?

Jo Coast: a view from economics

we have really limited evidence on the cost of antibiotic resistance, need to change this

 Jo Coast – should we tax antibiotics?

Hayley Macgregor: a view from development studies


Hayley mcgregor on the complex relationships between formal and informal health sectors. Fascinating

Import to rememb that many lack access to antibiotics, and informal unregulated access may be saving lives


Steve Hinchcliffe – antimicrobials are part of out (food) production infrastructure.

Stephan Elbe – Need to learn from past examples of health problems being thought of as security issues e.g. bird flu – pros & cons

Sujatha Raman: a view from sociology/science and technology studies

on how science & tech studies can help us to understand discourse of amr

Great meeting emphasising the key role of Soc Sci in the fight against AMR

 AMR is a ‘wicked’ problem – we need to find way to act despite inevitable uncertainty

Naomi Beaumont from ESRC chairs expert panel Q&A


Super expert presentations from these social scientists on AMR. A taster for future conferences.

Afternoon discussion sessions

Fantastic discussion at

Bristol Zoo Gardens – excellent venue!

Getting a break from AMR discussions…

Last session of Bristol AMR workshops. Interesting, engaging, productive & worth the 4.45 alarm-clock

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