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AMR Futures: An Innovative Foresight Approach for Global Health? With Prof. Kevin Bardosh

December 1 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Join us for a special seminar with Prof. Kevin Bardosh from the Center for One Health Research, School of Public Health, University of Washington. This presentation will discuss the development of an innovative approach to global health foresighting called "AMR Futures". This approach integrates foresight and futures methods with traditional policy and systems analysis. The approach was initially developed to improve antimicrobial resistance (AMR) in the livestock sector and is based on the use of 10 participatory exercises over a 2-3 day workshop. These techniques are designed to explore historical and contemporary trends (stakeholders, worldviews, power, narratives), examine change dynamics (drivers of change, uncertainties, and scenarios) and to brainstorm possible futures and new policy pathways. The presentation will discuss this methodology as well as common shortcomings to foresight methods and promising future directions for global health.  

Prof. Bardosh (PhD, University of Edinburgh) is an applied medical anthropologist and implementation scientist focused on using social science and community engagement to improve public health delivery and policy. Most of his work, across more than 20 countries, has focused on the epidemiology and control of human, animal, and vector-borne infectious disease. Current applied public health projects (as of early 2020) include the control of lymphatic filariasis (Nepal, India), malaria (Haiti), cholera and Ebola (Democratic Republic of Congo), sleeping sickness (Uganda), chronic kidney disease (Ecuador), and onchocerciasis (Benin).

Prof. Bardosh has a strong commitment to capacity building, interdisciplinary science, operational research, and health system strengthening. He has (co-)authored over thirty peer-reviewed publications, edited two books, and held positions in departments of anthropology, global health, development studies, veterinary and environmental sciences, and epidemiology. He has taught undergraduate and postgraduate courses and numerous workshops and trainings. Current and past research has been funded by the Gates Foundation, Wellcome Trust, DFID, EU, NIH, UNICEF, USAID, TDR, CIHR, NERC, ACIAR, RTI, and Carter Center. His recently edited book, Locating Zika: Social Change and Governance in an Age of Mosquito Pandemics (Routledge, 2019) explores the control of Aedes-borne diseases in Latin America and the Caribbean.