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Dr Angela Cassidy


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Telephone: 01392 725390


I specialise in science and technology studies and have particular interests in science-policy interactions; public engagement, mass communications; environmental and agricultural history; and interdisciplinarity.

Much of my research explores the circumstances under which scientific knowledge is produced, communicated, interpreted and contested in the wider public sphere. I have investigated these issues through a series of case studies, including of public controversies over evolutionary psychology; and communication and participation in food chain risks. I also study cross-disciplinary interactions across health, agriculture and the environment, particularly in terms of agenda building and collaboration in contemporary science and policy.

At present, I am funded by a Wellcome Trust Fellowship to investigate the history of bovine TB in the UK since c. 1965 and the longstanding controversy over whether to cull wild badgers in order to control the resurgance of the disease in domestic cattle. This case has seen a repeating cycle of policymaking, public controversy, expert review and evidence gathering, raising questions about what drives such cycles, and the lack of institutional memory in such chronic, long term policy problems.

You can see further details of my publications on and Google Scholar

I also chair the Science in Public Research Network: a cross disciplinary meeting space for academics and professionals interested in science, technology and medicine in the public domain.