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Dr Angela Cassidy

Lecturer in Science and Technology Studies

5390

01392 725390

Lazenby House Rm 1.03

My research spans STS, contemporary history and policy studies, with particular interests in science and policy; science communication, engagement and participation; environmental and agricultural politics; animal studies, environmental history; and interdisciplinarity.

Much of my research explores how scientific knowledge is produced, communicated, interpreted and contested across the wider public sphere, particularly during knowledge controversies. I have explored this through a series of case studies, including of popular evolutionary psychology and communication and participation in food chain risks. I also study cross-disciplinary interactions, agenda building and collaboration across health, agriculture and the environment.

I recently completed a Wellcome Trust Fellowship investigating the history of bovine TB in the UK and debates over whether to cull wild badgers in order to control the disease in domestic cattle herds since the mid-1960s. This case has seen repeating cycles of policymaking, public controversy, and expert review, raising questions about what drives such cycles, and the lack of institutional memory in such chronic, long term policy problems. My monograph Vermin, Victims and Disease: British Debates Over Bovine Tuberculosis and Badgers will be published Open Access by Palgrave in autumn 2019.

You can see further details of my publications linked here, on Google Scholar and HumCommons.

As an extension of my interests in public engagement, I chair the Science in Public Network: a cross disciplinary meeting space for academics and professionals interested in science, technology and medicine in the public sphere.

Research group links

Research interests

Expertise and Policy / Politics

Knowledge Controversies

Engagement, Publics and Participation

Science and Technology Studies

Scientific Communication / Science in Mass Media

Environmental/Agricultural Politics

Contemporary History of Science, Technology and Medicine

Animal Health Policy

Animal Studies 

Research supervision

I am happy to consider PhD supervision in any of the areas outlined below. Please email me to explore further.

Expertise and Policy / Politics
Knowledge Controversies
Engagement, Publics and Participation
Science and Technology Studies
Scientific Communication / Science in Mass Media
Environmental/Agricultural Politics
Contemporary History of Science, Technology and Medicine
Animal Health Policy
Animal Studies

Research students

I co-supervise two PhD researchers:

Virginia Thomas: 'Rewilding of species, land and ecosystems'

Thibaud Deruelle: 'Unveiling a Discreet Power through Reputation: the (Im)plausible European Regulator of Disease Prevention and Control'