Professor Gail Davies
Professor in Human Geography
Gail Davies’s work is concerned with charting the geographies of science and technology, rethinking the place of animals and difference in contemporary biomedical research, and developing innovative forms of critical public engagement with science. She is currently researching the nature of international collaborations in biomedical research and the experimental spaces of postgenomics through tracing the changing use of mutant mice as model organisms in the UK, USA and Singapore. As well as working on a research monograph, she is collaborating with artist Helen Scalway on micespace as a means to foster wider engagement with these emerging interspecies subjects and experimental spaces, and working with researchers in the sciences, social sciences and humanities on developing a collaborative agenda for future research related to laboratory animal welfare at http://labanimalstudies.net/.
Gail‘s first degree was in Geography at Oxford University. She studied for her PhD within the Geography Department at UCL in collaboration with colleagues in the Department of Science and Technology Studies. She taught Geography at UCL from 1997 to 2012, before joining the Geography Department at the University of Exeter in 2013. At Exeter, her work is associated with the Natures, Materialities and Biopolitics (NAMBIO) Research Cluster in Geography; the Science, Technology and Culture (STaC) theme of the University‘s Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences Research Strategy and Egenis, the Centre for the Study of the Life Sciences, where she is an Honorary Senior Fellow.
Gail Davies is Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society, Member of the Association of American Geographers and the Society for Social Studies of Science. She is the inaugural editor for the new RGS-IBG Open Access Journal Geo: Geography and Environment. Gail was appointed to the UK Home Office's Animals in Science Committee in 2013. She has been a member of the ESRC Peer Review College since 2010 and was elected Research Group Representative for the Research Committee of the Royal Geographical Society from 2010-2013. She is currently on the organizing committee of the Knowledge/Value network, led by Kaushik Sunder Rajan, with colleagues in anthropology, history of science and STS at the University of Chicago, Exeter and elsewhere. She is also sometime Associate of the Office of Experiments.
- Geographies of science and technology: Exploring the situated practices and spatial strategies of science and technology and their implications for research governance, translational research and the internationalisation of science.
- Geographies of nature and nonhumans: Charting the changing relationship between ideas of nature, experimental practices, and animal geographies. Early research explored the changing portrayal of animals in natural history film-making; recent research focuses on the role of model organisms in the post genomic sciences.
- Biology, materiality and difference: Understanding the relationships between experimental systems, biological difference and complexity, with a particular interest in the operation of justice in relation to contemporary biomedical practices, such as organ transplantation and immunology.
- Critical public engagement with science: Developing and evaluating innovative methodologies for public engagement with new technologies, including collaborations between cultural geography, science and the arts, with a particular interest in practices for locating, articulating and redistributing expertise.
BA Hons in Geography (Oxford),
PhD in Human Geography (London)
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