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Evaluating Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) surveillance in the United Kingdom from a One Health perspective

Principal supervisor: Dr Barbara Hasler (RVC)

Co-supervisors: Dr Laura Cornelsen (LSHTM) Professor Katharina Stark (RVC) Professor Jonathan Rushton (RVC)

Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) is recognised as one of the key threats to human and animal health globally with significant economic implications. To better understand and manage AMR it is critical to develop efficient and effective integrated AMR surveillance systems that take into account the complex epidemiology of AMR and consider the impacts on humans, animals and the environment. While (partly) integrated surveillance systems for AMR have been developed in certain countries, there have only been very few evaluations of their technical performance and economic efficiency. Consequently, the real added value of integration of AMR surveillance across human and animal health is not yet fully understood – a gap in evidence to be addressed by this project.

The PhD will aim to assess the value of integrated surveillance systems for AMR in the UK by assessing and refining existing frameworks to measure the level of integration of AMR surveillance across systems (e.g. human health, animal health, food production, environment), applying the framework to characterise the level of integration of AMR surveillance in the UK, adapting existing approaches for the evaluation of surveillance for AMR, measuring the costs and the value of AMR surveillance and integration mechanisms in the UK, and elaborating recommendations for decision-makers.

The student will be based at the RVC campus in Hawkshead and the LIDC offices in Gordon Square with regular visits to LSHTM (Bloomsbury) and with close interactions with members of the Leverhulme Centre for Integrative Research on Agriculture and Health and N8 Agrifoods. The successful candidate will also spend some time travelling across the UK for interview with relevant organisations and people.

Candidate Requirements:

The ideal candidate for this position will have a strong interest in the need for interdisciplinary approaches to health challenges and have some knowledge of AMR, surveillance, and evaluation. A Masters degree in an economics or health discipline or equivalent work experience is essential. It is desirable that the candidate has an undergraduate degree (1st class honours or 2.1) in economics or biological sciences. The candidate should have good oral and written skills in order to communicate effectively with the people and organisations involved in the use of antimicrobials and with the aim of producing high quality publications during the PhD.

The studentship covers fees at the Home/EU rate and a stipend.

Key References:

[1] Smith, Rd; Coast, J; (2012) The economic burden of antimicrobial resistance: Why it is more serious than current studies suggest. Technical Report. London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, London. DOI: 10.17037/PUBS.00639028

[2] K. Queenan, B. Häsler, and J. Rushton, “A One Health approach to antimicrobial resistance surveillance: is there a business case for it?,” Int. J. Antimicrob. Agents, 2016.

[3] B. Häsler, “Economic assessment of veterinary surveillance programmes that are part of the national control plan of Switzerland,” Royal Veterinary College, University of London, 2011.

[4] S. Babo Martins, "Economic assessment of zoonoses usrveillance in a "One Health" context. PhD Thesis RVC, 2016

Further details about the project may be obtained from:

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Co-supervisors: Dr Laura Cornelsen (

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Closing date for applications is:

12th February 2017, midnight