Carmen McLeod is an interdisciplinary social science researcher with a particular interest in exploring multi-species relations. Carmen joined the School of Geography and Environment in June 2017, when she took up a postdoctoral research post to work with Jamie Lorimer on the social dimensions of the human microbiome. Prior to coming to Oxford, Carmen was based at the University of Nottingham, where she held two postdoctoral research posts. The most recent post (June 2015 - June 2017), involved ethnographic research on Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI), within the Nottingham Synthetic Biology Research Centre. Before this (Feb 2013 - June 2015), Carmen contributed to the Leverhulme Trust Programme: 'Making Science Public: Challenges and Opportunities', working on the project: 'Animals and the Making of Scientific Knowledge'. Prior to moving to Nottingham, Carmen built up experience in policy and research governance through roles at the University of Sussex and General Dental Council. Carmen began her academic career in New Zealand at the University of Otago, in the Centre for Sustainability (CSAFE), where she carried out research on social dimensions of wetland management on farms, and public perceptions of the development of GM salmon and other novel biotechnologies. Her doctoral studies were also carried out at Otago, where she explored the environmental, ethical and cultural dimensions of duck hunting.
Postdoctoral Research Assistant on the Social Dimensions of the Microbiome
- Member of the Technological Life: Environments, Bodies, Mobilities research cluster
- Member of the Technological Natures: Materials, Cities, Politics research cluster
Carmen is currently researching human-microbial relationships in collaboration with other members of the School. This work includes a variety of different projects, including the ESRC funded Good Germs Bad Germs project and the Oxford Interdisciplinary Microbiome Project (IMP). Carmen is leading on a pilot project exploring sociocultural aspects of Faecal Microbiota Transplantation (FMT), and has been awarded a Fondation Brocher residency in Geneva (February - March 2018) to focus on this work.
Carmen continues to publish on discussions about Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI) in relation to synthetic biology. She also has a long-term interest in the concept of 'Slow Travel' and geographies of ethical transport choices.
- McLeod, C. and Hartley, S. (2017) Responsibility and Laboratory Animal Research Governance. Special Issue: Science, Culture and Care in Animal Laboratory Research. Science, Technology and Human Values.
- McLeod, C. and Nerlich, B. (2017) Synthetic Biology, metaphors and responsibility. Life Sciences, Society and Policy.
- McLeod, C., Nerlich, B. and Mohr, A. (2017) Working with bacteria and putting bacteria to work: The biopolitics of synthetic biology for energy. Special Issue: Exploring the Anthropology of Energy: Ethnography, Energy and Ethics. Energy Research and Social Science.
- Davies, G.F., Greenhough, B.J., Hobson-West, P., Kirk, R.G.W., Applebee, K., Bellingan, L.C., Berdoy, M., Buller, H., Cassaday, H.J., Davies, K., Diefenbacher, D., Druglitro, T., Escobar, M.P., Friese, C., Harrmann, K., Hinterberger, A., Jarrett, W.J., Jayne, K., Johnson, A.M., Johnson, E.R., Konold, T., Leach, M.C., Leonelli, S., Lewis, D.I., Lilley, E.J., Longridge, E.R., McLeod, C.M., Miele, m., Nelson, N.C. Ormandy, E.H., Pallett, H., Poort, l., Pound, P., Ramsden, E., Roe, E., Scalway, H., Schrader, A. Scotton, C.J., Scudamore, C.L., Smith, J.A., Whitfield, L. and Wolfensohn, S. (2016) Developing a Collaborative Agenda for Humanities and Social Scientific Research on Laboratory Animal Science and Welfare. PLoS One, 1(7).
- Nerlich, B. and McLeod, C. (2016) The dilemma of raising awareness ‘responsibly’. EMBO reports: Science and Society, 17(4): 481-485.
- McLeod, C. and Hobson-West, P. (2015) Opening up animal research and science-society relations? A thematic analysis of transparency discourses in the UK. Public Understanding of Science.
- McLeod, C. (2007) Dreadful/Delightful Killing: The Contested Nature of Duck Hunting. Society and Animals, 15(2): 151-167.
- McLeod, C. (forthcoming) Assuaging Fears of Monstrousness? UK and Swiss initiatives to ‘open up’ animal laboratory research. In, Nerlich, B., Smith, A., Hartley, S. and Ramen, S. (eds.) ‘Here be Monsters’: Science, Politics, and the Dilemmas of Openness. Manchester University Press, Manchester.
- McLeod, C. (2016) Ducks, Dogs, and Men: ‘Natural’ Masculinities in New Zealand Duck Hunting. In, Andrea Cornwall, Frank G. Karioris and Nancy Lindisfarne (eds.) Masculinities under Neoliberalism. Zed Books, London, UK.
- Campbell, H., McLeod, C. and Rosin, C. (2006) Auditing Sustainability: The Impact of EUREP-GAP on Organic Exporting from New Zealand. In, Holt, G. and Reed, M. (eds.) Sociological Perspectives of Organic Agriculture: From Pioneer to Policy. CABI Publishing, Wallingford.
- Hartley, S., Pearce, W., McLeod, C., Gibbs, B., Connelly, S., Couto, J., Moreira, T., Murphy, J., Smith, R., Staykova, M. and Walls, J. (2016) The TERRAIN tool for teaching Responsible Research and Innovation. University of Nottingham, Nottingham.
- McLeod, C. (2011) A Literature Review of Socio-Cultural Research Relating to Fresh Air and Ventilation in Domestic Homes. University of Sussex VELUX A/S.
- Grice, J., McLeod, C. and Campbell, H. (2007) Evaluating the Social and Cultural Implications of GM Technologies in New Zealand Primary Production: A Case Study of Salmon and Other Aquaculture Applications. CSAFE Research Report No. 3.
- McLeod, C., Grice, J., Campbell, H. and Herleith, T. (2006) Super Salmon: The Industrialisation of Aquaculture and the Drive towards GM Technologies in Salmon Production. CSAFE Discussion Paper No. 5. University of Otago, Dunedin.
- McLeod, C., Hunt, L., Rosin, C. Fairweather, J., Cook, A. and Campbell, H. (2006) New Zealand Farmers and Wetlands. Agriculture Research Group on Sustainability (ARGOS) Report No. 06/10. The AgriBusiness Group, Christchurch.
- McLeod, C. (2005) Pondering Nature: An Ethnography of Duck Hunting in Southern New Zealand. University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand.