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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. We propose that the ways antibiotics are used is deeply embedded in the way our societies and economies work. 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.

Policy makers have agreed that to address AMR we must reduce our reliance on antibiotics. But how? The AMIS programme explores 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.

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.

The AMIS London project team consists of: