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The Animal Research Nexus, Wellcome Trust Collaborative Award - Project 3 Markets and Materials

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Research funder:
Wellcome Trust

Project overview

There is increasing emphasis on the whole life of experimental animals, from new guidelines from funders and regulators on animal breeding and supply, to the encouragement of strain archiving and tissue sharing through biobanks, and to the rehoming of animals used in regulated procedures. At the same time, breeding has been a visible target for past anti-vivisectionist activity, with multiple attempts to disrupt and reduce the supply of experimental animals to the UK. This has not straightforwardly improved the life experiences of animals used in UK research, nor reduced numbers, instead often increasing imports of animals and overseas research. Altogether, these changes raise questions about the implications of these increasingly complex networks for efforts to protect animal welfare and for future scientific research.

This project therefore approaches the animal research nexus by exploring the changing networks formed around the origins and fates of laboratory animals through in-depth interviews and ethnographic methods. We seek to map these evolving networks of animal breeding, supply, and rehoming and understand them within the cultural economies of doing different types of scientific research using animals. We will address questions about value, quality, assurance and welfare within animal supply chain practices.

This project sits within a wider collaboration with the Universities of Exeter, Oxford, Nottingham and Manchester. for more information


Lead researcher

Professor Emma Roe

Professor of More-Than-Human Geographies

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Collaborating research institutes, centres and groups

Research outputs

Sara Peres,
, 2022 , History and Philosophy of the Life Sciences , 44 (3) , 1--22
Type: article
Bentley Crudgington,
Sara Peres,
Paul Hurley,
, 2021
Type: other
& Beth Greenhough
, 2021 , Social & Cultural Geography
Type: article
Gail Davies,
Richard Gorman,
Beth Greenhough,
Pru Hobson-West,
Robert Kirk,
Reuben Message,
Dmitriy Myelnikov,
Alexandra Palmer,
Vanessa Ashall,
Bentley Crudgington,
Renelle McGlacken,
Sara Peres,
& Tess Skidmore
, 2020 , Medical Humanities , 46 (4) , 499--511
Type: article
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