Professor Gail Davies
Professor in Human Geography


My work is situated at the intersection of Human Geography, Animal Studies, and Science and Technology Studies. My current research charts the changing geographies of laboratory animal science and seeks innovative ways of supporting policy-making and public engagement with complex issues in science and technology.

I am currently working on a 5 year programme of work on ‘The Animal Research Nexus: Changing Constitutions of Science, Health and Welfare’. This major grant is with collaborators Dr Beth Greenhough (Oxford University), Dr Pru Hobson-West (University of Nottingham), Dr Rob Kirk (University of Manchester) and Dr Emma Roe (University of Southampton).

My work is associated with the Natures, Materialities and Biopolitics (NAMBIO) Research Cluster in Geography and Egenis, the Centre for the Study of the Life Sciences, where I am an Honorary Senior Fellow. My other University responsibilities include being Chair of the Geography Ethics Committee.

I am the co-editor in chief for the RGS-IBG Open Access Journal Geo: Geography and Environment with Anson Mackay (UCL). 

I currently sit on the UK Animals in Science Committee (ASC), an advisory non-departmental public body, sponsored by the Home Office, which provides impartial, balanced and objective advice to the Secretary of State, to animal welfare bodies and within the European Union on issues relating to the Animals (Scientific Procedures) Act 1986. I recently chaired the ASC subgroup reviewing harm-benefit analysis in the UK, which published its report in November 2017.

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BA Hons in Geography (Oxford),
PhD in Human Geography (London)

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AddressAmory Building
University of Exeter
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