Dr Alicia Davis

  • Lecturer in Global Health (Sociology)

telephone: 0141 330 1720
email: Alicia.Davis@glasgow.ac.uk

27 Bute Gardens, Rm 221, University of Glasgow, G12 8RS

ORCID iDhttps://orcid.org/0000-0003-1347-7708

Biography

I am a cultural anthropologist and lecturer in Global Health at the Institute of Health and Wellbeing (IHW) and Sociology in the School of Social and Political Sciences. I specialize on issues related to health and disease, environment, conservation, gender,  livelihoods, and community-based impact-driven methods in East Africa. 

My graduate work was in environmental and cultural anthropology at the University of Colorado, Boulder where I explored the histories, memories, and risks of communities living on the boarders of national parks and protected areas in Tanzania. Ater a brief stint at the US Fish and Wildlife Service, Alaska, working with Native Alaskan communities on subsitence policy,  I returned to academia to do postdoctoral work on land rights, women's empowerment, and gender based violence in pastoralist communities in Tanzania. 

Before starting at IWH and Sociology here at UoG, I was a postdoctoral researcher in the Geography department exploring the impacts of zoonotic diseases on pastoral and agro-pastoral communities in East Africa under a BBSRC, ESRC, and DFID funded Zoonoses in Emerging Livestock Systems (ZELS) project.

I have several research interests and projects spanning global health and conservation, primarily in East Africa. Most of my work falls within a "One Health" framework and is heavily interdisciplinary. Our research teams include veterinary and human health specialists, ecolgists, epidemiologists, economists, geographers, and anthropologists. My projects include topics such as antimicrobial resistance, zoonotic diseases, and pastoralist health and wellbeing. I also investigate environmental topics, such as the impact of drought and climate change on pastoralist livelihoods and more broadly on the intersection of health and environment and within social-environmental systems.

I began a grammatically flawed foray into Swahili in 1997, as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Tanzania and continue to stretch my brain fumbling through the Maasai language (I can at least greet people properly, share the news of the day, and ask for a cup of chai). I am an ardent supporter of interdisciplinary research and of bringing the power of anthropology to broad interdisciplinary teams, like those with natural and health scientists, in order to illuminate the impacts of real world challenges on our everyday lives. 

Research interests

RESEARCH INTERESTS

Most of my work falls within a "One Health" framework and is heavily interdisciplinary. I work with research teams that include veterinary and human health specialists, ecologists, epidemiologists, economists, geographers, and anthropologists.

My main areas of interest include:

  • Global Health & One-Health
    • Intersection of human and animal health and environment within social-environmental systems in East Africa
  • Zoonotic Disease impacts on rural livestock keepers
  • Pastoralist livelihoods, health, and wellbeing
  • Environment, conservation, climate change
  • Land use change, policy, impacts
  • Gender
  • Community-based, impact-driven, action-oriented and ethnographic methodologies
  • Human-animal relationships
  • Ethnography
  • Antimicrobial resistance

 

Current Projects

I have several ongoing projects in the areas of environment and global health.

SNAP-AMR: Supporting the National Action Plan for Antimicrobial Resistance in Tanzania: We are investigating antimicrobial resistance (MRC funded) as well as on how to build locally specific, participatory and effective health campaigns from the grassroots up.

Operationalizing One-Health Interventions in Tanzania (OOHTZ): Building off of previous work on zoonosis with the SEEDZ/(ZELS) platform we are developing one-health interventions with communities in Northern Tanzania.

Extreme Events as Transformative Factors in Pastoral Social-Ecological Systems: This project looks at the impact of past drought events on livelihoods, governance, and traditional systems of livestock management and land use in Northern Tanzania. (National Science Foundation, USA)

Sustainable Interventions for an Emerging Livestock Disease: We are exploring how to create community-driven livestock health interventions around taenia multiceps a cestode parasite, locally known in Tanzania as "ormilo" or "kizunguzungu". We have been working with a local Tanzanian artist and have created video and print materials for education on the lifecycle of this parastite. Check it out!

 

 

Publications

List by: Type | Date

Jump to: 2020 | 2019 | 2017 | 2016 | 2011
Number of items: 9.

2020

Davis, A. and Sharp, J. (2020) Rethinking One Health: emergent human, animal and environmental assemblages. Social Science and Medicine, 258, 113093. (doi: 10.1016/j.socscimed.2020.113093) (PMID:32531688)

2019

Davis, A. and Goldman, M. J. (2019) Beyond payments for ecosystem services: considerations of trust, livelihoods and tenure security in community-based conservation projects. Oryx, 53(3), pp. 491-496. (doi: 10.1017/S0030605317000898)

Ahmed, H., Yoder, J., de Glanville, W. A., Davis, A. , Kibona, T. J., Mmbaga, B. T., Lankester, F., Swai, E. S. and Cleaveland, S. (2019) Economic burden of livestock disease and drought in Northern Tanzania. Journal of Development and Agricultural Economics, 11(6), pp. 140-151. (doi: 10.5897/JDAE2018.1028)

Hughes, E. C. et al. (2019) Taenia multiceps coenurosis in Tanzania: a major and under-recognised livestock disease problem in pastoral communities. Veterinary Record, 184(6), 191. (doi: 10.1136/vr.105186) (PMID:30683735)

2017

Cleaveland, S. et al. (2017) One Health contributions towards more effective and equitable approaches to health in low- and middle-income countries. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, 372(1725), 20160168. (doi: 10.1098/rstb.2016.0168) (PMID:28584176) (PMCID:PMC5468693)

Ladbury, G. et al. (2017) One health research in Northern Tanzania – challenges and progress. East African Health Research Journal, 1(1), pp. 8-18. (doi: 10.24248/EAHRJ-D-16-00379)

2016

Lankester, F. and Davis, A. (2016) Pastoralism and wildlife: historical and current perspectives in the East African rangelands of Kenya and Tanzania. Revue scientifique et technique (International Office of Epizootics), 35(2), pp. 473-484. (doi: 10.20506/rst.35.2.2536) (PMID:27917978)

Goldman, M. J., Davis, A. and Little, J. (2016) Controlling land they call their own: access and women's empowerment in Northern Tanzania. Journal of Peasant Studies, 43(4), pp. 777-797. (doi: 10.1080/03066150.2015.1130701)

2011

Davis, A. (2011) 'Ha! What is the benefit of living next to the park?'Factors limiting in-migration next to Tarangire National Park, Tanzania. Conservation and Society, 9(1), pp. 25-34. (doi: 10.4103/0972-4923.79184)

This list was generated on Thu Jul 16 05:10:22 2020 BST.
Jump to: Articles
Number of items: 9.

Articles

Davis, A. and Sharp, J. (2020) Rethinking One Health: emergent human, animal and environmental assemblages. Social Science and Medicine, 258, 113093. (doi: 10.1016/j.socscimed.2020.113093) (PMID:32531688)

Davis, A. and Goldman, M. J. (2019) Beyond payments for ecosystem services: considerations of trust, livelihoods and tenure security in community-based conservation projects. Oryx, 53(3), pp. 491-496. (doi: 10.1017/S0030605317000898)

Ahmed, H., Yoder, J., de Glanville, W. A., Davis, A. , Kibona, T. J., Mmbaga, B. T., Lankester, F., Swai, E. S. and Cleaveland, S. (2019) Economic burden of livestock disease and drought in Northern Tanzania. Journal of Development and Agricultural Economics, 11(6), pp. 140-151. (doi: 10.5897/JDAE2018.1028)

Hughes, E. C. et al. (2019) Taenia multiceps coenurosis in Tanzania: a major and under-recognised livestock disease problem in pastoral communities. Veterinary Record, 184(6), 191. (doi: 10.1136/vr.105186) (PMID:30683735)

Cleaveland, S. et al. (2017) One Health contributions towards more effective and equitable approaches to health in low- and middle-income countries. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, 372(1725), 20160168. (doi: 10.1098/rstb.2016.0168) (PMID:28584176) (PMCID:PMC5468693)

Ladbury, G. et al. (2017) One health research in Northern Tanzania – challenges and progress. East African Health Research Journal, 1(1), pp. 8-18. (doi: 10.24248/EAHRJ-D-16-00379)

Lankester, F. and Davis, A. (2016) Pastoralism and wildlife: historical and current perspectives in the East African rangelands of Kenya and Tanzania. Revue scientifique et technique (International Office of Epizootics), 35(2), pp. 473-484. (doi: 10.20506/rst.35.2.2536) (PMID:27917978)

Goldman, M. J., Davis, A. and Little, J. (2016) Controlling land they call their own: access and women's empowerment in Northern Tanzania. Journal of Peasant Studies, 43(4), pp. 777-797. (doi: 10.1080/03066150.2015.1130701)

Davis, A. (2011) 'Ha! What is the benefit of living next to the park?'Factors limiting in-migration next to Tarangire National Park, Tanzania. Conservation and Society, 9(1), pp. 25-34. (doi: 10.4103/0972-4923.79184)

This list was generated on Thu Jul 16 05:10:22 2020 BST.

Grants

These are my key research grants here at UoG

  • Operationalising One Health Interventions in Tanzania (OOHTZ)
    BBSRC-Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council
    2019 - 2021
  • Supporting the National Action Plan for Antimicrobial Resistance in Tanzania (SNAP-AMR) MRC-Medical Research Council
    2018 - 2021
  • Sustainable Interventions for an Emerging Livestock Disease Problem in East Africa
    BBSRC-Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council
    2018 - 2019
  • Extreme Events as Transformative Factors in Pastoral Social-Ecological Systems
    NSF-National Science Foundation, USA
    2015 - 2019

Supervision

Research datasets

Jump to: 2018
Number of items: 2.

2018

Hughes, E., Kibona, T. K., De Glanville, W., Lankester, F., Davis, A., Carter, R., de Jong, R., Nyasebwa, O., Claxton, J., Cleaveland, S. and Allan, K. (2018) Taenia multiceps coenurosis in Tanzania: a major and under-recognised livestock disease problem in pastoral communities. [Data Collection]

Ahmed, H., Yoder, J., Davis, A., De Glanville, W., Kibona, T. J. and Cleaveland, S. (2018) Risk management and response to livestock disease losses in agropastoral households of northern Tanzania. [Data Collection]

This list was generated on Thu Jul 16 03:45:39 2020 BST.