Biosecurity Borderlands conference

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Biosecurity Borderlands Project Conference 2012

A group of leading researchers at the University of Exeter present findings this week from the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) funded Biosecurity Borderlands project at the prestigious Royal Geographical Society in London.

Biosecurity Borderlands is a  project that has brought together a multi-disciplinary team of social science researchers to investigate the pressures that are created as biosecurity is extended into the British food system and landscape. The approach has been informed by cutting edge work in Geography, Science and Technology Studies, Sociology and Anthropology at the University of Exeter and the Open University and has been led by Exeter Geographer, Professor Steve Hinchliffe.

Biosecurity, in its broadest sense, aims to make life safe. But we quickly encounter questions associated with this simplest of aims:  Whose life? Safe for what? Safe in what sense? And through which means? The economic and social costs associated with recent outbreaks of communicable animal diseases have made biosecurity a key policy goal in the UK. Biosecurity Borderands feeds into and informs that concern through the development of research on biosecurity practices, new conceptual resources and policy critique. The project has worked in conjunction with a variety of agencies including Animal Health Veterinary Laboratories Agency, Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust and Defra.

The conference at the Royal Geographical Society will answer these some of questions posed above during a day of presentation and discussion, and will exhibit the projects innovative investigation into biosecurity. For more information about the conference or the project itself visit the Biosecurity Borderlands website.

Date: 3 October 2012

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