Social Science Network in AMR

Founder and chair, A/Prof Mark Davis will lead the organising committee to develop future roundtable events to discuss important aspects of how social science can reduce the impact of AMR.

The Social Science Network in AMR promotes social science in the AMR field.

Stakeholder consultations in 2020 identified a need to build dialogue and capacity on how social science can contribute to the problem of AMR: from policy, communications, sector skills/capacity, and informing the national research agenda.

The network provides opportunities for those working in the field to meet, discuss and debate the most pressing challenges for AMR. It aims to strengthen AMR social science and further the effectiveness and impact of policy and communications solutions.

If you would like to join the network and receive news of upcoming events, please sign up here.

Using evidence to support social change

Preventing AMR requires that individuals understand how to avoid and manage common infections and use antimicrobials carefully and only when they are needed, for themselves and for future generations across human and animal health.

Our team of social scientists, clinicians and biomedical researchers are working together to generate new data and analyses of community engagement with AMR guidance, communications and education.

Supported by grants for the Australian Research Council, we are analysing AMR news media and public health campaigns, personal experience narratives on infections and antibiotics, policy discourse, and the social and economic drivers of AMR.

Our research includes stakeholder consultations to promote dialogue on effective policy and communications. Our Social Science Network in AMR programme conducts roundtable events on key topics with researchers, clinicians, decision-makers and other stakeholders.

Key programmes

  • News media narratives on superbugs
  • Evidence for the effective AMR interventions
  • Digital media and AMR communications
  • Public knowledge and understanding of AMR and how to reduce it
  • Survivor stories
  • Socio-economic systems analysis of responses to AMR

Further information can be found here: Antimicrobial Futures and Societies