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Dr Angela Cassidy

Lecturer in Science and Technology Studies

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01392 725390

Lazenby House Rm 1.03

My research spans science and technology studies and contemporary history of science, and I have specialist interests in science-policy relations; science communication, engagement and participation; environmental and agricultural politics; animal studies, environmental history; and interdisciplinary collaboration.

My research explores how scientific knowledge is produced, communicated, interpreted and contested across the wider public sphere, particularly during public controversies. I have explored this process through a series of case studies, including of 'One Health' advocacy; food chain risks and popular evolutionary psychology . 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 nearly 50 years of controversy over whether to cull wild badgers in order to control the disease in domestic cattle herds. This case has seen repeating cycles of policy formation, implementation, public controversy, and expert review: my research sheds light on the persistence of such cycles beyond bTB, 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 was published by Palgrave in autumn 2019 and the book is now available on an Open Access basis.

You can see further details of my publications in the Exeter repository (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'

External impact and engagement

ENGAGEMENT ACTIVITIES:

  • Participant: One Health Scoping Workshop, Scottish Enterprise, Stirling, 9th February 2016.
  • Talk: ‘Uncertainty and Expectations of Science in Public’ Uncertainty stream, FutureEverything 2016, 1st April 2016.
  • Project lead, Being Human/Being
    Animal, public event at the Hunterian Museum, London, 15th November 2015, funded by the ‘Being Human’ Festival of the Humanities: http://beinghumanfestival.org/
  • External adviser to artist Roger Hiorns, History is Now exhibition, Hayward Gallery, 10th Feb-26th April 2015
  • Interviewee, Radio 4: Costing the Earth, 23/10/13, ‘Our Neighbours are Elephants!’
  • Participant, DEFRA Bovine TB Science Workshop, held at the Royal Society, London, 25th April 2013
  • Talk: ‘A contemporary history of One Health: human/animal health and (inter)disciplinarity’ One Health Forum Korea, College of Veterinary Medicine, Seoul National University, 13-14th Dec. 2012 (Invited Keynote)
  • Talk: ‘Uncertainty and public controversy: the badger/bTB debate’ BBSRC Food Security Workshop, Science Museum London, 22nd November 2012 (invited speaker)
  • Interviewee, Today, Radio 4, 27/10/12; Harrabin, R. ‘Badgers: Splitting public opinion for more than 200 years’ BBC News Online.

POPULAR OUTPUTS:

  • Cassidy, A. 'The UK’s Bovine TB Strategy: a prospective view from history' Response to UK Government 2018 Bovine TB Strategy Review Call for Evidence: https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/bovine-tb-strategy-review-2018-call-for-evidenceward
  • MSc. Studentship; Open Competition PhD Studentship (University of Edinburgh)

Biography

Following an undergraduate degree in Psychology and Zoology, I transitioned from studying science to studying how science works, training as a postgraduate in Science and Technology Studies at the University of Edinburgh.

I then conducted postdoctoral research on food risks at the University of Leeds and on relationships between human and animal health at Imperial College London. My independant research programme investigating bovine TB was funded by research fellowships from the Rural Economy and Land Use Programme (at University of East Anglia) and Wellcome Trust (King's College London).

I joined the University of Exeter in September 2016 as a Lecturer in the Politics department and member of the Centre for Rural Policy Research (CRPR). In September 2019 I joined the department of Sociology, Philosophy and Anthropology.

GRANTS AND AWARDS:

  • 2015 Being Human Festival: 'Being Human/Being Animal', £400 (+£400 funds from KCL History).
  • 2013-2017 Wellcome Trust Medical Humanities Fellowship (Kings College London/University of Exeter, 101540/Z/13/Z), £179,911.
  • 2008-2011 RELU Interdisciplinary Early Career Fellowship, (University of East Anglia, RES-229-27-007a), £255,637.
  • 2003-2004 ESRC Postdoctoral Research Fellowship, (Universit of Manchester, PTA-026-27-0036), £26,492.
  • 1998-2002 ESRC Quota Award MSc. Studentship; Open Competition PhD Studentship (University of Edinburgh)

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