news 26 Mar 2018
– Clare Chandler – London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine

Addressing antimicrobial resistance requires inputs from across the academy. Social researchers are contributing in a range of ways to understanding and responding to AMR, and in so-doing are opening up spaces for interpreting the ways AMR knowledge and action are co-constructed. The application of social theory to AMR has the potential to enrichen our repertoire of responses to this complex issue.

This symposium brings together researchers who are attending to ‘the social’ in AMR, including anthropologists, sociologists, historians, geographers, artists, philosophers, science and technology studies scholars and other related researchers. While many are engaged in productive interdisciplinary work within their every day research, this symposium presents an opportunity for concentration on disciplinary work within the social sciences and humanities.

Formulated as a work-in-progress event, attendees will exchange ideas about approaches and theory that have been developed and applied in their on-going social research on AMR. Presentations and discussions will focus on four themes, which have been described by the Antimicrobials In Society Hub as ways to link together core literature and theory that can be applied to AMR: Care; Ecologies; Pharmaceuticals and Markets; and Knowledge. Applications are open for the following forms of participation:

  • Oral presentations – within one of the themes listed above
  • Poster presentations – within or beyond the themes listed above
  • Attendance – including participation in thematic breakout group

Please complete either the oral/poster presentation application form or the attendance only application form. Please include your picture pasted into this document rather than attaching it. Please send this application form back to by 16 May 2018 for oral/poster presentation participation, or by 06 July 2018 for attendance participation.


  • Abstracts for oral/poster presentations and funding application deadline: 16 May 2018, 1700 UK time
  • Outcomes of oral/poster applications: 01 June 2018
  • Advertise speakers and call for participation repeated: 08 June 2018
  • Participation and funding application deadline: 06 July 2018
  • Outcomes of participation applications: 27 July 2018


Delegate places will be given preferentially to social science researchers. For oral/poster participants, successful abstracts for presentations will describe approaches and/or findings that are clearly rooted in social theory.


Attendance at the conference is free. Funding, provided by an Economic & Social Research Council grant, is available to support the travel and accommodation of speakers and attendees. Please note, as funding is limited, and the conference may not be able to support all requests for support. Preference will be given to social science researchers embedded in projects within the UK Research Council’s AMR Initiative. The conference is also keen to fund the participation of junior researchers.

Questions/Further information:

Please contact if you have any questions regarding the application of the Work-In-Progress Symposium and Networking Event.

Symposium Organising Committee:

The symposium is being organised by a committee which includes: