Anti-Microbials In Society (AMIS): a Global Interdisciplinary Research Hub

Public Health and Policy

Clare Chandler

ESRC, 2017-2021

The Anti-Microbials In Society (AMIS) Programme

Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) is a potentially catastrophic global problem. Our use of antimicrobial drugs, including antibiotics, has escalated. These medicines are now a routine part of everyday life. For example, we use antibiotics not only to cure infections but in anticipation of infection for people, animals, and crops. The AMIS programme of work explores the ways antibiotics are embedded in the way our societies and economies work. We propose it is important to understand the extent and nature of the way we have become intertwined with these medicines in order to understand the consequences of resistance and the best ways to reduce the threat of resistance.

The AMIS programme aims to stimulate engagement with social research that presents different ways of conceiving, responding to, and framing global health issues, including AMR.

AMIS Uganda and AMIS Thailand

Policy makers have agreed that to address AMR we must reduce our reliance on antibiotics. But how? Our two empirical research projects, AMIS Uganda and AMIS Thailand, apply fresh approaches to the study of antimicrobials in society. Drawing on conceptual and methodological tools from anthropology, the AMIS research projects demonstrate the multiple roles that antimicrobials take in society today, and how they enable everyday life. In each country, researchers are studying antibiotics in health systems, amongst urban workers and in livestock farming.

The AMIS Online Hub and Resource

The AMIS Hub www.antimicrobialsinsociety.org is an online resource that brings together research relevant to AMR from across different social science disciplines. Aimed at those designing and implementing AMR policy, as well as researchers from the life sciences, the AMIS Hub introduces readers to a wealth of relevant social research on AMR. The AMIS Hub materials include research summaries, blogs ‘from the field’, and reviews of existing and ongoing research and theory. We envision the Hub as a mechanism for policy-makers and life scientists to engage with social science research on AMR, to forge future collaborations and to inspire new ways to address AMR.

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