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Uncertainties in the governance of animal disease: an interdisciplinary framework for analysis

Fish, Robert and Austin, Zoe and Christley, Robert and Haygarth, Philip M and Heathwaite, A Louise and Heathwaite, Louise A and Latham, Sophia and Medd, William and Mort, Maggie and Oliver, David M and Pickup, Roger and Wastling, Jonathan M and Wynne, Brian (2011) Uncertainties in the governance of animal disease: an interdisciplinary framework for analysis. Philosophical Transactions B: Biological Sciences, 366 (1573). pp. 2023-2034. ISSN 0962-8436

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Abstract

Uncertainty is an inherent feature of strategies to contain animal disease. In this paper, an interdisciplinary framework for representing strategies of containment, and analysing how uncertainties are embedded and propagated through them, is developed and illustrated. Analysis centres on persistent, periodic and emerging disease threats, with a particular focus on cryptosporidiosis, foot and mouth disease and avian influenza. Uncertainty is shown to be produced at strategic, tactical and operational levels of containment, and across the different arenas of disease prevention, anticipation and alleviation. The paper argues for more critically reflexive assessments of uncertainty in containment policy and practice. An interdisciplinary approach has an important contribution to make, but is absent from current real-world containment policy.

Item Type: Article
Journal or Publication Title: Philosophical Transactions B: Biological Sciences
Uncontrolled Keywords: Animals ; Birds ; Communicable Diseases, Emerging ; Cryptosporidiosis ; Decision Making ; Great Britain ; Influenza in Birds ; Interdisciplinary Communication ; Models, Biological ; Public Policy ; Uncertainty
Subjects: UNSPECIFIED
Departments: Faculty of Science and Technology > Lancaster Environment Centre
Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences > Sociology
Faculty of Health and Medicine > Medicine
Faculty of Health and Medicine > Biomedical & Life Sciences
ID Code: 49562
Deposited By: ep_importer_pure
Deposited On: 07 Sep 2011 09:43
Refereed?: Yes
Published?: Published
Last Modified: 09 Apr 2014 22:40
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URI: http://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/49562

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