Urban Air Pollution and Inequalities in Fast Industrialising Countries

This project aims to investigate the social, economic and political impacts of chronic ambient (outdoor) air pollution on low-income communities in the fast industrialising countries of China and India. Poor people are disproportionately affected by air pollution. Policies which are intended to reduce it can, in some cases, actually make this inequality worse. The project’s…

Dynamic Drivers of Disease in Africa

Project dates: 2011-2016 NEW PUBLICATION: Special Issue of the Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B – ‘One Health for a Changing World: zoonoses, ecosystems and human well-being’ Read the media release: Human forces lie behind spread of infectious diseases Over the past few decades, more than 60 per cent of emerging infectious diseases affecting people have…

Changing health and welfare in China and the UK

Project dates: 2015 to 2018 Welfare services in China are changing rapidly in response to social, economic and demographic changes. The project ‘Adapting the health and welfare system to a context of rapid change’ looks at the changing role of state and non-government actors in providing social services in China’s rapidly evolving welfare regime, and…

Zoonoses: animal-to-human diseases

The STEPS Centre has a range of research projects and resources which explore zoonoses (diseases that can be transmitted from animals to humans), offering new theory as well as practical solutions. Our work often considers the landscape of politics, policy processes and international responses to pandemics and resources cover diseases including avian influenza, swine influenza, Ebola, Lassa fever, henipavirus infection, Rift Valley fever, SARS and trypanosomiasis….

Man tending pigs

Myanmar Pig Partnership

Dates: 2016 – 2021 The Myanmar Pig Partnership is an interdisciplinary research project exploring the disease risk thought to be accompanying changing pig production and consumption patterns in Myanmar. People in Myanmar are thought to be at increasing risk of zoonoses (diseases passed from animals to humans) as a result of the rapid growth and…

Panorama with man and cattle, Arusha, Tanzania. Image: Felix Lankester

Livestock, Livelihoods and Health

Dates: 2014 – 2018 Livestock, Livelihoods and Health is an interdisciplinary research programme exploring diseases that can be transmitted from wild or domesticated animals to people (zoonoses). These diseases, as well as affecting the health of people and animals, can damage development prospects and add to the poverty burden of developing countries. The programme is…

Man in turban stands by horned cattle.

Rift Valley Fever: policies to prepare and respond

This project compared the responses to two diseases – Rift Valley Fever (RVF) in East Africa, and BSE in the UK and European Union. These so-called transboundary animal diseases are highly contagious and spread rapidly across regions and borders. This research explored the possible responses to these diseases which are available to various groups –…

From Framings to Pathways: Bats and the Construction of Risk in Ghana

Project dates: 2011 to 2016 This project took a historical perspective on the way bats and disease are understood in Ghana, how framings shift over time and how this has informed policy change and pathways of response.  It also examines how ‘at risk’ identities are co-constructed through policy and research, and how this in turn may…

Avian ‘flu: the politics and policy processes of a global response

The spread of avian flu in humans has raised alarm bells around the world. What lies behind global and national responses to avian flu, and how do they cope with uncertainty and surprise? What are the challenges and opportunities for future policy?

ARCADE Asia

Asian Regional Capacity Development for Research on Social Determinants of Health (ARCADE RSDH) This project will add new research training capacity at low and middle-income countries (LMICs) in Asia, for promoting research on social determinants of health (RSDH). The focus is doctoral and post doctoral training, institutional strengthening for education, financial and administrative research management,…