Understanding the social lives of antibiotics and their policies in the UK dairy industry
After graduating as a veterinarian in 2009 at the University of Ghent, Belgium, I worked for three years as a veterinarian in Aruba and in the Netherlands. I decided in 2013 to enrol in the master medical anthropology and sociology at the University of Amsterdam to better understand and manage veterinary public health issues. My master thesis studied the implementation of Dutch antibiotic agricultural policies, after which I have become highly interested in the co-production between political cultures and agricultural antibiotic infrastructures.
I have been able to continue this interest in my PhD in which I approach antibiotic use in the UK dairy industry as a practice beyond behaviour and study it as the complex interplay between politics, markets and social worlds.
This PhD has used a qualitative study design to explore how the UK dairy industry develops and implements antibiotic policies across dairy supply chains.
I will use multi-sited ethnographic approach which involved a policy document analysis, in-depth interviews with key dairy stakeholders, participant observation of veterinarians in practice and the observation of policy transfer during farmer meetings from retailers to farmers.
The data analysis will evaluate how the design of dairy antibiotic policies improves antibiotic use in practice and reduces the risk towards potential development of antibiotic resistance in dairy environments.
- Rob Christley – NIHR Health Protection Research Unit in Emerging and Zoonotic Infections, University of Liverpool
- Elizabeth Perkins – Health Services Research, Institute of Psychology Health and Society, University of Liverpool
- Roberto Vivancos – Field Epidemiology Service, Public Health England & NIHR Health Protection Research Unit in Emerging and Zoonotic Infections, University of Liverpool
- Francine Watkins - School of Medicine, Institute of Psychology Health and Society, University of Liverpool
Begemann, S., Perkins, E., Van Hoyweghen, I., Christley, R and Watkins, F (2018) How Political Cultures Produce Different Antibiotic Policies in Agriculture: A Historical Comparative Case Study between the United Kingdom and Sweden. Sociologia Ruralis.