Professor Stephen Hinchliffe
Professor in Human Geography



Steve Hinchliffe is an elected Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences and author and editor of numerous books and articles on issues ranging from risk and food, to biosecurity, human-nonhuman relations and nature conservation. His research draws together insights from Science and Technology Studies (STS), particularly actor network theory, and Geography. Recent publications include the monograph Pathological Lives (2017), the co-edited volume Humans, animals and biopolitics (2016) and a Special Issue of Social Science and Medicine on 'One Health' (2015). 

Committed to using cutting edge spaital and social science understanding in issues of public and environmental interest, Steve is an appointed member of the Social Science Research Committee of the Food Standards Agency, has been appointed to DEFRA's Science Advisory Council Social Science Expert Group (SSEG) and the Scientific Advisory Committee on Exotic Diseases (SAC-ED).

He is a principal investigator and deputy director for reseach of the Wellcome Trust funded Centre for Cultures and Environments of Health (2017-)

Steve led the University of Exeter's Humanities and Social Science interdisciplinary research theme on 'Science, Technology and Culture'.

Current Projects

- PI on an Antimicrobial Resistance Cross Council Initiative supported by the seven research councils in partnership with the Department of Health and Department for Environment Food & Rural Affairs project entitled 'Production without medicalisation' (2017-2019).  The work is looking at the production, disease and pharmaceutical pressures and solutions in shrimp and prawn aquaculture, Bangladesh, with partners CEFAS (UK), Worldfish Bangladesh and ARBAN. (£250k)

Co-I on DIAL -  under the 'Tackling Antimicrobial Resistance' call (and in association with NERC, BBSRC, NIHR, VMD and the AHRC) a Large Collaborative Grant of £1.3 million to Henry Buller (PI), Steve Hinchliffe and (CoI) collaborators from the University of Bristol Vet School and the University of Edinburgh Innogen Institute for a 4 year project entitled: 'Diagnostic innovation and livestock (DIAL): towards more effective and sustainable applications of antibiotics in livestock farming'. 

- Co-PI in the Wellcome Trust funded Centre for Cultures and Environments of Health (2017-). £4.1M

Recent Projects

He has been funded by the ESRC, EU and Defra in the past to invstigate biosecurity, contagion, bovine TB and cooperative research processes.

Supervising PhDs

Steve currently supervises PhDs on nature conservation, species invasion, aquaculture, biosecurity, synthetic biology and food.  Please contact me if you would like to discuss PhD openings.


BSc (Durham) Geography
PhD (Bristol) Geographical Sciences

Academy of Social Sciences 


Steve has also taught at Cambridge, Keele and Open Universities, and has worked as a researcher at the European Parliament.

Contact details

Internal tel5400
Tel+44 (0) 1392 725400
AddressAmory Building
University of Exeter
Rennes Drive
Office hours

Wednesdays 11.30-12.30

Thursdays 4.30-5.30

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