DSA-ESRC Workshop series
MEETING THE CHALLENGES
Interdisciplinary research for global development
One Health and Zoonoses
Zoonoses – diseases that are transmitted from animals to people – are a major threat to life and livelihoods, especially in the global south. In the first of the DSA-ESRC workshops on the global challenges, zoonoses researchers – including five from institutions in the global south – met at the Institute of Development Studies, Sussex.
Participants came from disciplines including veterinary science, medical anthropology and other social sciences. Many were involved in the five-year Zoonoses and Emerging Livestock Programme (Zels).
Prof Melissa Leach, Director of the Institute of Development Studies, explains why zoonoses need inter-disciplinary development science – and vice versa
Dr Linda Waldman, Director of Teaching and Learning at the Institute of Development Studies, considers our progress so far in using interdisciplinary development science to meet global challenges.
Kenyan medical anthropologist Dr Elizabeth Shayo discusses how social scientists can shape the response to outbreaks of disease such as ebola and malaria.
Kenyan medical anthropologist Salome Bukachi explains how development studies enables a holistic understanding of health and disease.
Veterinarian Paul Gibbs argues that social science is crucial in developing effective disease control programmes.
DSA President Sarah White stresses the value of personal contact between researchers from different backgrounds.
DSA President Sarah White urges the need to go beyond an instrumental case for ‘adding in’ the social sciences
Discussions about interdisciplinary working raised issues that are key to future research not only into zoonoses and One Health, but also to other global challenges, as IDS PhD student Syed Shahid Abbas shows in his blog on taking an SDG focus to One Health.
A digital essay from IDS
'Reflections from the workshop'
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