Dr Jess Phoenix

Research Topic Title: How can we better manage zoonotic disease? Using an ethnography of bovine tuberculosis to confront what disease is and how it is made through practice.

What is disease? My research weaves together theoretical insights from Science and Technology Studies with ethnographic research on the cattle disease bovine Tuberculosis (bTB). By undertaking a multi-sited ethnography of bTB, my research shows how versions of disease are created in practice and argues that zoonoses are ‘diseases-in-the-making’. Through this fellowship, I will develop the impact of my research for academia, policymakers and stakeholders, with the long-term aim of developing multi-pronged approaches to effectively manage zoonotic diseases. I will also investigate enablers and barriers to badger vaccination in badger cull zones.

Mentors: Steve Hinchliffe and Robbie McDonald


Swift BMC, Barron ES, Christley R, Corbetta D, Grau‑Roma L, Jewell C, O’Cathail C, Mitchell A, Phoenix J, … Bennett M (2021). Tuberculosis in badgers where the bovine tuberculosis epidemic is expanding in cattle in England. Scientific Reports, 11, 20995.

Benton CH, Phoenix J, Smith FAP, Robertson A, McDonald RA, Wilson G, Delahay RJ (2020). Badger vaccination in England: Progress, operational effectiveness and participant motivations. People and Nature2(3), 761-775.

Phoenix JH (2020). Trading with risk: associating bovine Tuberculosis to cattle commodities in risk-based trading. Journal of Cultural Economy14(3), 293-305.

Phoenix JH, Atkinson LG, Baker H (2019). Creating and communicating social research for policymakers in government. Palgrave Communications5(1).

Mullineaux E, Phoenix J, Brown E (2019). Rehabilitating and releasing badgers in England. In Practice41(5), 198-204.

Email: j.phoenix@exeter.ac.uk

Twitter: twitter.com/JessPhoenix1