A/Professor Mark Davis

EXPERTISE

  • Medical sociology
  • Public engagements with biomedical science and technology
  • Infection and immunity
  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Digital health

Mark leads an interdisciplinary programme of research on general and minority public engagements with biomedical science and technology, focussed particularly on infection and immunity, pharmaceuticals, and digital health. His research has been supported by research council and government organisations, including the ARC, ESRC, and the NHS. He is the lead investigator for ’Building the Australian response to the superbugs crisis’,‘The sociology of antibiotics and the antimicrobial resistance crisis’ and chief investigator on ‘Navigating an uncertain antimicrobial future: a sociological study’.

A/Professor Davis was awarded his doctorate in Sociology (2005) from the Institute of Education, University College London. He previously worked as a psychologist for government and in HIV prevention and research. He has held research positions at Royal Free and UCL Medical School, Imperial College Medical School, and the Institute of Health Sciences, City University London. From 2004, he was a Senior Lecturer in Psychosocial Studies, University of East London. Mark joined Monash University in 2007 and received the Dean’s Award for Excellence in Early Career Research in 2012 and the Monash Research Accelerator Award in 2013.

AMR FOCUS

  • Examining news, social & health media communications about microbial life, antimicrobials, resistance & stewardship.
  • Understanding lived experience: infection, immunity, antibiotics & AMR.
  • Investigating digital media based antimicrobial stewardship in the general population.
  • Exploring the enablers & barriers for the safe use of antibiotics in human & companion animal health.
  • Understanding social & organisational drivers of antimicrobial stewardship in clinical settings.
  • Investigating science & policy of One Health as applied to AMR.

IMPACT

  • Developing theory- and evidence based approaches to general population antimicrobial stewardship communications.
  • Informing national/state policy & comms on AMR & stewardship.

LEADERSHIP

  • Chair: Community Engagement & Policy Working Group
  • Chair:  Social Science Network  in AMR