Mark Davis sits down with the School of Media, Film and Journalism to discuss publics, media and communications on antibiotic resistance.


AMR-scapes (Antimicrobial Resistance: Science, Communication and Public Engagements)

AMR-scapes investigates general and minority public engagements with antibiotics and antimicrobial resistance (AMR) to help strengthen national and international efforts to reduce the social and economic burdens of drug-resistant infections.

This interdisciplinary project draws on medical sociology, medical anthropology, science & technology studies, and media studies and involves investigators and collaborators from Monash University; Swinburne University of Technology; National Centre for Antimicrobial Stewardship, at the Doherty Institute for Infection and Immunity, University of Melbourne; University of Sydney; University of Glasgow; University of Copenhagen; and University of Gothenberg.

Key research themes:

  • Examining news, social, and health media communications about antibiotics and AMR
  • Understanding individual experiences of infection, immunity, antibiotics and AMR
  • Exploring the enablers and barriers for the safe use of antibiotics in human and companion animal health
  • Investigating the science and policy of One Health as applied to AMR
  • Informing policy, communications and education about antibiotics and AMR for diverse communities

AMR-scapes uses a suite of research methods, including: content and frame analysis of media and policy texts, experiential narrative analysis of general public interviews and workshops, key informant interviews with experts, and co-research with affected communities and health care professionals.

AMR-scapes is supported by the Australian Research Council Discovery Project scheme.