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Open Access ESRC AMR Research Champion - ESRC

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This project has two principal aims: to highlight the importance of social science to the growing challenge of AMR; and to engage social scientists from a broad range of disciplines in this issue.

To generate research relevant to clinical, diagnostic and population health aspects of AMR in humans and animals, cross-disciplinary collaboration is essential. Social scientists need access to readily understandable biomedical, microbiological and epidemiological background information for project design. Academic social scientists also need encouragement to appreciate how work on AMR can produce original and innovative research that has value within their own fields. For instance, transmission of prevention practices may be a useful vehicle for research on social networks; attempts to tackle AMR globally would be a good exemplar for policy analysis; and issues of diversity, equity, marginalisation and poverty are key components in the social patterning of AMR. Our project addresses both advocacy and support needs through a range of activities developed in close consultation with the funder including:

a) Development of a website for Championing Social Science in AMR with links to relevant webpages, forms for registering interest, a blog and downloadable resources;

b) Compiling a database of interested social scientists for future use by ESRC;

c) AMR research advocacy among social scientists, including early career social scientists, through regional university groupings and professional and institutional networks;

d) Production of open-access briefing papers by discipline-specific expert advisors to summarise relevant knowledge in their field and key issues for future research;

e) Focused networking and proposal development events, to bring interested social scientists together with potential collaborators in the biomedical, veterinary and population health sciences.

f) Open forums and conference panels to highlight opportunities and needs for AMR-related research at national and international meetings of relevant social science disciplines;

g) Rapid review to scope existing social science research relevant to AMR; h) Public engagement activities including use of Twitter and other outlets to highlight social science dimensions of AMR news;

i) Social science advocacy among health researchers and scientists through visits to key research institutions and scientific meetings.
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Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: July 1, 2018

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