Professor Stephen Hinchliffe
Professor in Human Geography



Autumn Term: Wednesday 9.30-10.30,  Friday 11.30-12.30.


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 and has recently been appointed to DEFRA's Science Advisory Council Social Science Expert Group (SSEG).

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

Current Projects

Recent ESRC-funded work focuses on the geographies of contagion and disease, investigating scientific, agricultural and institutional approaches to securing life in the face of emerging infections, neglected endemics and food borne disease. 

Two recently funded projects include an ESRC Transforming Social Science project entitled "Contagion" and an ESRC award with colleagues in ESI and politics entitled "Doing Bovine TB differenty".  The latter uses Q Method to unravel the key arguments in the current TB and badgers issue.

Steve has also contributied to DEFRA funded projects including “An exploration of factors that influence the expansion of the area affected by endemic bTB” with colleagues at the Animal and Plant Health Agency and Cardiff University, and was CoI on DEFRA's systematic review of anti-microbial uses in the livestock sector.

Steve has a long-standing interest in risk and risk politics and has contributed to funded work on trans-disciplinary approaches to issues of science and risk governance.  The EU FP7 funded project was called Cooperative Research on Environmental Problems in Europe, or CREPE. See

Research related work

Steve has served on the Editorial Boards for the Royal Geographical Society / Institute of British Geographers Book Series, the Annals of the Association of American Geographers and currently The Geographical Journal and Palgrave Communications.

Steve has acted as expert advisor to the Medical Research Council and ESRC on the Environmental and Social Ecology of Human Infectious Diseases.  He has sat on the ESRC's virtual Large Grant and Centres Panel, on the expert panel for the ESRC's inter-council Global Uncertainites programme, and is a member of the ESRC's peer review college. More recently he contributed to ESRC and NERC scoping workshops on anti-microbial resistance .


Research Groups and organisation at Exeter

He is a member of the Natures, Materialities and Biopolitics (NAMBIO) Research Cluster in Geography.

Steve is the theme leader for the Science, Technology and Culture theme of the University's Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences (HASS) Research Strategy. A blog of activities related to this theme 'STACLAB' is available here.



BSc (Durham) Geography
PhD (Bristol) Geographical Sciences

Academy of Social Sciences 


Steve has also held posts 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

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