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Renelle McGlacken

Research Fellow, Faculty of Social Sciences

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Biography

I completed my PhD in the University of Nottingham's School of Sociology and Social Policy in 2021. As part of the Wellcome Trust Collaborative Award programme 'The Animal Research Nexus: Changing Constitutions of Science, Health and Welfare', I analysed writings from the Mass Observation Project, a national life-writing project in the UK, to explore how animal research is related to in everyday life. The thesis approached understandings of animal research as relational and positional, emerging within particular yet shared social worlds which give the issue meaning in the everyday. In doing so, this work troubled notions of 'public opinion' as a phenomenon which can be objectively measured, monitored, and correlated with levels of support or opposition and instead emphasised the contingency and complexity of understandings of animal research. In my new role as research fellow on the Animal Research Nexus programme (AnNex), I will be focusing on relations between publics and animal research professionals.

Expertise Summary

As an interdisciplinary social scientist, my expertise lies across the fields of Science and Technology Studies and Bioethics. I am particularly interested in how socio-ethical issues arising from human-animal relations are negotiated in everyday life and how feminist care ethics can help navigate these.

Research Summary

As a research fellow on the Animal Research Nexus programme (AnNex), my work will explore relations between publics and professionals around animal research. I am particularly interested in… read more

Current Research

As a research fellow on the Animal Research Nexus programme (AnNex), my work will explore relations between publics and professionals around animal research. I am particularly interested in imaginations of laboratory professionals and publics, representations of laboratory professionals in public-facing materials, and themes of trust, accountability, and solidarity. Most importantly, this project provides further possibilities to help foster public dialogue around animal research which is meaningful and beneficial for both those who work in the field and wider publics.

For more information about this project, please visit https://animalresearchnexus.org/

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