What’s the problem?
Animal diseases are a major global environmental, social and economic policy issue with potentially devastating consequences for those communities affected. The value of prompt detection and action cannot be overstated for any disease control policy, whether during the outbreak stage where time is limited or during non-outbreak times where planning and prevention policies are key for effective animal disease management. Quick and timely decisions are often required as new information becomes available at every stage of disease containment, but such information is often compromised by many areas of uncertainty.
Why is our project different?
This project brings together expertise across the natural and social sciences to provide an interdisciplinary understanding of the social, technological and natural dynamics of animal disease management across a range of policy scales. Central to this project is the question of how we can understand better issues of complexity and uncertainty in animal disease outbreaks and their containment in order to help develop more integrated and ultimately more effective strategies of management for animal disease.
To focus our analysis and provide a novel cross-disease approach, we are examining three contrasting examples of endemic and/or exotic disease: Foot and Mouth Disease, Cryptosporidium and Avian Influenza.