Alistair Anderson

Human Geography

PhD Researcher in Human Geography (ESRC 1+3)
Geographical Sciences, University of Bristol

Start date: September 2015

Research topic: Antimicrobial Resistance

My PhD research focuses on the multispecies nature of the problem of antimicrobial resistance. The main focus of my research is on exploring whether there is a link between caring for companion animals and peoples’ attitudes and behaviours relating to antibiotic use. Understanding any such relationship has implications understanding the scope of the issue of antimicrobial resistance in some community settings, and for interventions aimed at making antibiotic use more responsible by both prescribers and patients. I further wish to continue my work on biopolitics in this area from my Masters thesis, specifically with regards to the role of animals in healthcare, the assumptions made by a ‘One Health’ approach to anitmicrobial resistance, and how understanding the biopolitics of antibiotic use may help with addressing the human causes of the problem.

Research supervisors: Dr Maria Fannin, Professor Richard Harris, Professor Helen Lambert

Professional memberships/Positions held:

School of Geographical Sciences – Teaching Support Assistant

Social Research Association – Member