Dr Angela Cassidy on “One health? (Inter)disciplinary advocacy, bandwagon building and human/animal health”

Please mark your calendars to hear Dr. Angela Cassidy (Wellcome Trust Research Fellow in the Department of History, KCL) speak about her innovative work on “One health? (Inter)disciplinary advocacy, bandwagon building and human/animal health”.

The Seminar will place on Wednesday 10th December from 13:00-14:30 in Room STD/S3.31, Strand Building, King’s College London.

Dr Angela Cassidy

Dr Angela Cassidy

Angela Cassidy is currently a Wellcome Trust Research Fellow in the History department of King’s College London, where she is investigating the history of the UK bovine TB problem and associated controversies over badger culling since the late 1960s.  She works across STS and the history of science and medicine, with a particular focus on cross-disciplinary interactions and public scientific controversies.  She trained at the University of Edinburgh, and completed her doctoral research – a case study of the rise of popular evolutionary psychology in the UK – in 2004. She has since conducted postdoctoral research at the University of Leeds, Institute of Food Research, University of East Anglia and Imperial College London. Since 2011 she has collaborated with the One Medicine? project investigating relations between human and animal health from the 19th to the 21st century.

Abstract: The past ten years have seen the emergence of sustained and increasingly prominent advocacy from veterinarians, scientists, funding bodies, industry and policymakers for ‘One Health’ (OH) agendas: the co-ordination, collaboration or dissolution of disciplinary boundaries between approaches to health and medicine across humans, animals and the environment. While OH is often framed as a response to ‘emerging infectious diseases’ such as SARS, or there-emergence of older disease problems such as tuberculosis, it also encompasses shared clinical practices, the development of new treatments, and the effects of environmental change upon health.  This paper will discuss the findings of recent research exploring the origins, discourses and uptake of One Health.  While it invokes a common language of appeals to interdisciplinary and scientific solutions to adjacent agendas such as translational medicine, food security, global heath and biosecurity, OH is unique in attempting to bridge across the biomedical and agri-environmental sciences. While the term itself has helped advocates build a successfully growing ‘scientific bandwagon’, questions remain about the longterm sustainability of OH and its utility for clinical, research or policy practice, or indeed the place of animals themselves in this agenda. This paper will examine the shared rhetorics and contradictions of One Health, and explore the implications for agenda building across 21st century science, medicine and policy.

For more information about our SSHM Seminar Series, please visit: http://www.kcl.ac.uk/sspp/departments/sshm/research/RSS.aspx

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