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Academic Profile

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.

Current Research

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.

Selected Publications

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Journal Articles

Book Chapters

  • 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.