Professor Stephen Hinchliffe
Professor in Human Geography



Summer Term: Wednesday 13.00-14.00,  Thursday 15.00-16.00

Note I will not be available on Wednesday 27th April, replacement office hour for that week is Thursday 28th, 4-5.



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, urban ecologies and nature conservation. His research draws together insights from Science and Technology Studies (STS) and Geography. He is currently working on a mongraph called "Pathological Lives" and a co-edited collection called "Sentient Creatures".

Current Projects

Current 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. The work uses multi-species ethnographies and spatial theory to explore the insecurities generated by conventional approaches to biosecurity.  See

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 is also contributing to DEFRA funded project entitled “An exploration of factors that influence the expansion of the area affected by endemic bTB” with colleagues at the Animal Health Veterinary Laboratories Agency and Cardiff University.  He is also Co-I on a new DEFRA project lookings at Anti-biotics and Anti-microbial resistance 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 Board for the Royal Geographical Society / Institute of British Geographers Book Series, and is currently on the boards of the Annals of the Association of American Geographers and The Geographical Journal.

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 .

In 2011 Steve was appointed to the Social Science Research Committee of the Food Standards Agency, the UK body responsible to the British Government for food safety issues.

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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