ESRC AMR Research Champion

Lead Research Organisation: University of Bristol
Department Name: Social Medicine

Abstract

Successfully engaging social scientists to contribute to combatting Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) will require innovative and proactive communication. To generate research that is directly relevant to clinical, diagnostic and population health needs among both humans and animals, social scientists will need to be enabled by the provision of readily understandable biomedical, microbiological and epidemiological background information. Equally crucial is that academic social scientists, and particularly those without a background in applied health research, are encouraged to appreciate how work on AMR can produce original and innovative research that has value within their own fields. For instance transmission of prevention practices may be a useful vehicle for research on social networks, attempts to tackle AMR internationally would be a good exemplar for policy analysis, and issues of diversity, marginalisation and poverty are key components in the social patterning of emergent AMR. The approach we propose will address both advocacy and support needs through a range of activities to be developed in close consultation with ESRC including:

Open forums to highlight the potential and needs for AMR-related research at the national and international conferences of relevant social science disciplines;

Compiling a database of interested social scientists for future use by ESRC;

AMR research advocacy among social scientists, including piloting engagement of early career social scientists through ESRC Doctoral Training Centres, and accessing academic social science networks through regional university groupings and professional and institutional networks;

Rapid review to scope existing social science research relevant to AMR;

Production of briefing papers by discipline-specific expert advisors to summarise relevant knowledge in their field and key issues for future research;

Development of a website for Championing Social Science with links to relevant webpages, blog postings, forms for registering interest, links to webinars on key scientific concepts relating to AMR, and downloadable resources;

Public and patient engagement activities including use of Twitter and other outlets to highlight social science dimensions of current news;

Social science advocacy among health researchers and scientists through visits to key research institutions and scientific meetings.



Focused networking and proposal development events: These will bring interested social scientists together with potential collaborators in the biomedical, veterinary and population health sciences. The timing and location of these events will be agreed in close consultation with the ESRC office as our activities develop.

Planned Impact

AMR Research Champion activities are expected to generate academic impact, both by developing expertise and new knowledge relating to AMR within the social science community, and by contributing to the development of broader interdisciplinary knowledge of AMR itself. Immediate beneficiaries will include the ESRC and other Research Councils and UK and international funding agencies that are interested in supporting AMR-related research; social scientists who will utilise the resources and academic networks generated by our activities; and other researchers and health professionals (such as vets, microbiologists, clinicians) seeking to develop interdisciplinary research that includes social science components. Public sector and government agencies such as Public Health England, DEFRA, VMD and NIHCE are likely to make use of some outputs (such as research briefings) and policy-makers in health and healthcare systems may also benefit from our research scoping and advocacy activities that will highlight relevant social science research evidence.

New social science and interdisciplinary research on AMR that will be developed as a result of this initiative is also expected to generate economic and societal impact by contributing to evidence-based policy making, legislation, health care and agricultural practice in relation to AMR, a pressing problem of global importance.

Publications

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Lambert H (2016) Speaking the same language

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Lambert H (2016) The missing link in The Translational Scientist

 
Description There are several significant achievements of this grant:
1) We developed a new research community of social scientists (mainly but not exclusively in the UK academic sector) with emerging interests in AMR research. This included building a database of 293 researchers across 53 universities who signed up to the AMR Champion mailing list and holding two successful national workshops attended by a total of 138 people. The workshops were designed to foster cross-disciplinary networking and led to several new research collaborations among delegates who subsequently applied successfully for research funding (one of the grant objectives). Of the 19 projects subsequently funded by RCUK under the ESRC-led Theme 4, 79% (15 projects) have staff who had registered on our mailing list prior to the September 2016 deadline and at least one staff member of 58% (11) of the projects had attended our 2016 workshop. Of the 19 PIs, 7 came to our 2017 workshop (many as invited speakers).
2) A key requirement for successful high-quality research proposals in the AMR field is interdisciplinary working. Our two-day workshop (attended by 83 delegates) focused on building interdisciplinarity and provided a series of talks on this theme, followed by small group work to develop skills in working across disciplines. This was rated as highly successful by delegates; 83% agreed or strongly agreed that the workshop broadened their knowledge of AMR, 93% agreed or strongly agreed that the workshop stimulated their thinking on researching AMR across disciplines, and 93% agreed or strongly agreed that the workshop will impact their work in the future.
3) We developed a set of unique resources for use by the AMR community based around the AMR Research Champion website www/Bristol.ac.uk/amr-champ that includes a series of specially commissioned briefings on the contribution of various social science disciplines to AMR research, slides of all the presentations given at our workshops, a complete list and summary of all research projects funded under the ESRC Theme 4 cross-council call, a list of funding opportunities for AMR research and a blog with topical posts by the AMR Research Champion team and guest contributors.
4) The AMR Research Champion successfully highlighted the important role of social sciences through a range of activities including invited talks at academic conferences, tweeting on AMR-related issues and writing or giving interviews for a number of popular magazines and blogs, including two guest blog posts for the ESRC.
Exploitation Route The website and associated resources remain available and are open to access by anyone in the academic community. We hope that researchers interested in AMR will make use of them when seeking knowledge and information about social science work on AMR and will continue to build on the insights we have developed about developing interdisciplinary research projects. Academic researchers in this field have strongly expressed a felt need for the continuation of a common networking platform of the kind that this project has provided. Ideally our work and findings would be taken forward by the new UKRI body that has recently been established. For example, the AMR Champion website is currently the only place where details of all funded projects under the RCUK Theme 4 call can be found. As AMR is a cross-council initiative, such information and the database of researchers that we have developed might best be taken forward by UKRI. More broadly, colleagues in non-social science disciplines and sectors where AMR is likely to have a significant impact may find our project and the resources developed of use in the development of future research activities.
Sectors Agriculture, Food and Drink,Chemicals,Communities and Social Services/Policy,Digital/Communication/Information Technologies (including Software),Education,Healthcare,Pharmaceuticals and Medical Biotechnology

URL http://www.bristol.ac.uk/population-health-sciences/projects/amr-champion/
 
Description This award has contributed to heightening awareness about the importance of social science dimensions of antimicrobial resistance among health professionals, scientists and the general public. Tweets, blog posts and other social media outputs have been picked up and referred to by wider publics and have added to a breadth of recognition of the public importance of this issue as a global health problem.
First Year Of Impact 2017
Sector Education,Healthcare,Pharmaceuticals and Medical Biotechnology,Security and Diplomacy
Impact Types Societal,Policy & public services

 
Description Membership of WHO Strategic Technical Advisory Group for AMR - global health policy committee
Geographic Reach Multiple continents/international 
Policy Influence Type Membership of a guideline committee
 
Description Newton Fund UK-China AMR
Amount £1,182,858 (GBP)
Funding ID MR/P007546/1 
Organisation Medical Research Council (MRC) 
Sector Academic/University
Country United Kingdom
Start 07/2016 
End 06/2019
 
Description One Health Drivers of Antibacterial Resistance in Thailand
Amount £87,820 (GBP)
Funding ID MR/R014922/1 
Organisation Medical Research Council (MRC) 
Sector Academic/University
Country United Kingdom
Start 11/2017 
End 04/2018
 
Description Wellcome Trust Seed Award
Amount £91,984 (GBP)
Organisation Wellcome Trust 
Sector Charity/Non Profit
Country United Kingdom
Start 05/2018 
End 04/2019
 
Title Social science and interdisciplinary researchers 
Description Database of social scientists conducting or interested in conducting AMR research and researchers from non-social science disciplines interesting in collaborating with social science researchers on AMR research. 
Type Of Material Database/Collection of data 
Provided To Others? No  
Impact Efficient communication of funding opportunities and other news to key researchers 
 
Description Programme leadership team, Medical Research Foundation National Antimicrobial Resistance PhD Programme (2017-2021 
Organisation Natural Environment Research Council
Department Centre for Ecology & Hydrology (CEH)
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution I contributed sections on social science research training into this proposal for a national interdisciplinary PhD programme, as well as overall editorial input, as a co-applicant. I agreed to join the programme leadership team and steering committee on the basis of my expertise and standing as ESRC AMR Research Champion and Newton Award fundholder. I stepped down from the team following announcement of Theme 4 awards in 2017.
Collaborator Contribution All the other partners in this collaboration are RCUK award holders under Themes 1, 2 or 3 of the cross-council AMR funding.
Impact Funding has been awarded by the Medical Research Foundation to this collaboration, with University of Bristol (Matthew Avison) as the lead institution. Details of the award are yet to be announced and this information therefore remains confidential. I am no longer on the programme leadership team due to not receiving ESRC Theme 4 funding, but recently sat on an interview panel to select PhD candidates for the programme.
Start Year 2016
 
Description Programme leadership team, Medical Research Foundation National Antimicrobial Resistance PhD Programme (2017-2021 
Organisation University of Cambridge
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution I contributed sections on social science research training into this proposal for a national interdisciplinary PhD programme, as well as overall editorial input, as a co-applicant. I agreed to join the programme leadership team and steering committee on the basis of my expertise and standing as ESRC AMR Research Champion and Newton Award fundholder. I stepped down from the team following announcement of Theme 4 awards in 2017.
Collaborator Contribution All the other partners in this collaboration are RCUK award holders under Themes 1, 2 or 3 of the cross-council AMR funding.
Impact Funding has been awarded by the Medical Research Foundation to this collaboration, with University of Bristol (Matthew Avison) as the lead institution. Details of the award are yet to be announced and this information therefore remains confidential. I am no longer on the programme leadership team due to not receiving ESRC Theme 4 funding, but recently sat on an interview panel to select PhD candidates for the programme.
Start Year 2016
 
Description Programme leadership team, Medical Research Foundation National Antimicrobial Resistance PhD Programme (2017-2021 
Organisation University of Edinburgh
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution I contributed sections on social science research training into this proposal for a national interdisciplinary PhD programme, as well as overall editorial input, as a co-applicant. I agreed to join the programme leadership team and steering committee on the basis of my expertise and standing as ESRC AMR Research Champion and Newton Award fundholder. I stepped down from the team following announcement of Theme 4 awards in 2017.
Collaborator Contribution All the other partners in this collaboration are RCUK award holders under Themes 1, 2 or 3 of the cross-council AMR funding.
Impact Funding has been awarded by the Medical Research Foundation to this collaboration, with University of Bristol (Matthew Avison) as the lead institution. Details of the award are yet to be announced and this information therefore remains confidential. I am no longer on the programme leadership team due to not receiving ESRC Theme 4 funding, but recently sat on an interview panel to select PhD candidates for the programme.
Start Year 2016
 
Description Programme leadership team, Medical Research Foundation National Antimicrobial Resistance PhD Programme (2017-2021 
Organisation University of Leeds
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution I contributed sections on social science research training into this proposal for a national interdisciplinary PhD programme, as well as overall editorial input, as a co-applicant. I agreed to join the programme leadership team and steering committee on the basis of my expertise and standing as ESRC AMR Research Champion and Newton Award fundholder. I stepped down from the team following announcement of Theme 4 awards in 2017.
Collaborator Contribution All the other partners in this collaboration are RCUK award holders under Themes 1, 2 or 3 of the cross-council AMR funding.
Impact Funding has been awarded by the Medical Research Foundation to this collaboration, with University of Bristol (Matthew Avison) as the lead institution. Details of the award are yet to be announced and this information therefore remains confidential. I am no longer on the programme leadership team due to not receiving ESRC Theme 4 funding, but recently sat on an interview panel to select PhD candidates for the programme.
Start Year 2016
 
Description Programme leadership team, Medical Research Foundation National Antimicrobial Resistance PhD Programme (2017-2021 
Organisation University of Nottingham
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution I contributed sections on social science research training into this proposal for a national interdisciplinary PhD programme, as well as overall editorial input, as a co-applicant. I agreed to join the programme leadership team and steering committee on the basis of my expertise and standing as ESRC AMR Research Champion and Newton Award fundholder. I stepped down from the team following announcement of Theme 4 awards in 2017.
Collaborator Contribution All the other partners in this collaboration are RCUK award holders under Themes 1, 2 or 3 of the cross-council AMR funding.
Impact Funding has been awarded by the Medical Research Foundation to this collaboration, with University of Bristol (Matthew Avison) as the lead institution. Details of the award are yet to be announced and this information therefore remains confidential. I am no longer on the programme leadership team due to not receiving ESRC Theme 4 funding, but recently sat on an interview panel to select PhD candidates for the programme.
Start Year 2016
 
Description Programme leadership team, Medical Research Foundation National Antimicrobial Resistance PhD Programme (2017-2021 
Organisation University of Oxford
Department Oxford School of Public Health
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution I contributed sections on social science research training into this proposal for a national interdisciplinary PhD programme, as well as overall editorial input, as a co-applicant. I agreed to join the programme leadership team and steering committee on the basis of my expertise and standing as ESRC AMR Research Champion and Newton Award fundholder. I stepped down from the team following announcement of Theme 4 awards in 2017.
Collaborator Contribution All the other partners in this collaboration are RCUK award holders under Themes 1, 2 or 3 of the cross-council AMR funding.
Impact Funding has been awarded by the Medical Research Foundation to this collaboration, with University of Bristol (Matthew Avison) as the lead institution. Details of the award are yet to be announced and this information therefore remains confidential. I am no longer on the programme leadership team due to not receiving ESRC Theme 4 funding, but recently sat on an interview panel to select PhD candidates for the programme.
Start Year 2016
 
Description Programme leadership team, Medical Research Foundation National Antimicrobial Resistance PhD Programme (2017-2021 
Organisation University of Warwick
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution I contributed sections on social science research training into this proposal for a national interdisciplinary PhD programme, as well as overall editorial input, as a co-applicant. I agreed to join the programme leadership team and steering committee on the basis of my expertise and standing as ESRC AMR Research Champion and Newton Award fundholder. I stepped down from the team following announcement of Theme 4 awards in 2017.
Collaborator Contribution All the other partners in this collaboration are RCUK award holders under Themes 1, 2 or 3 of the cross-council AMR funding.
Impact Funding has been awarded by the Medical Research Foundation to this collaboration, with University of Bristol (Matthew Avison) as the lead institution. Details of the award are yet to be announced and this information therefore remains confidential. I am no longer on the programme leadership team due to not receiving ESRC Theme 4 funding, but recently sat on an interview panel to select PhD candidates for the programme.
Start Year 2016
 
Description Anti-microbial resistance and citizen science 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Guest Blog by Jamie Lorimer of Uni of Oxford Good Germs Bad Germs Project
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL http://amrchamp.blogs.ilrt.org/2016/10/
 
Description Association of Social Anthropologists 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Presentations in two panels, followed by vibrant audience discussions.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description Blog post 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact ESRC blog post published for Antibiotic Awareness Week on currently controversial issue of how long to take antibiotics for, entitled, 'Don't keep taking the tablets' two decades on: How dogma trumps evidence in antibiotic prescribing practice'. Also posted on AMR Research Champion blog.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Championing Sociological Research on Antimicrobial Resistance: Panel at British Sociological Association Conference 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Panel presentations from Helen Lambert, Christie Cabral and Sujatha Raman on the potential for sociological research on AMR, vibrant audience discussion and subsequent engagement in area.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description Interview with Research Professional 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact Interview on request to Funding Insight, the body that provides research briefings to Higher Education funding and administration professionals through its weekly briefing, 'Research Professional'.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
URL https://www.researchprofessional.com/0/rr/funding/insight/2015/11/Wanted--Social-scientists-to-join-...
 
Description MAGic Anthropology & global health conference 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Open forum hosted by Helen Lambert on funding for research into anthropolgy of antimicrobial resistance
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
 
Description Newton Fund: Opportunity for China-UK research collaboration on AMR 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Blog promoting Newton call for UK-China research on AMR
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL http://amrchamp.blogs.ilrt.org/2016/01/
 
Description Reducing antibiotic prescriptions for children with coughs: who to target? 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Highlighting key area for social science research in relation to AMR
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL http://amrchamp.blogs.ilrt.org/2016/03/
 
Description Research workshop: Interdisciplinary research and AMR 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact Workshop designed to engage researchers, postgraduate students, practitioners and professionals from a wide range of disciplines and organisations to develop interdisciplinary approaches to tackling AMR
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Research workshop: Social science research on AMR 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact Engaging social scientists from diverse disciplines with doing research to tackle AMR
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description Social Science Research on Antimicrobial Resistance 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Report on the first AMR and social science workshop and networking event promoting social science involvement in Theme 4 applications
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL http://amrchamp.blogs.ilrt.org/2016/04/
 
Description The Missing Link - article for The Translational Scientist 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact 'Comment' article for new magazine directed at professional scientist, chemists, pharmacologists and others working in translational science and industry.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL https://thetranslationalscientist.com/issues/0116/the-missing-link/
 
Description The rhetoric of resistance 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Highlighting key social science issues for research in relation to AMR
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL http://amrchamp.blogs.ilrt.org/2016/09/
 
Description What can Leonardo Da Vinci teach us about tackling drug resistant infections? 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Promotion of interdisciplinary research by and with social scientists
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL http://amrchamp.blogs.ilrt.org/2016/05/
 
Description Why social scientists are needed to address the challenge of drug resistant infections 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Introductory bog by Helen Lambert
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
 
Description Workshop on antimcrobial stewardship 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Invited workshop on 'The Challenge of Antimicrobial Stewardship in Hospitals: Seeking solutions from improvement science'
Organised by the British Society for Antimicrobial Chemotherapy (BSAC) and the Health Foundation, it was attended mainly by pharmacists, microbiologists and practicing clinicians involved with hospital practice and medical education.

The BSAC were eager to engage social scientists in this area and have subsequently quoted me at the start of their Spring conference announcement (see http://www.bsac.org.uk/meetings/bsac-spring-meeting-2016-2/)

I've also been invited to participate in developing future activities in improving practice in this field (antimicrobial stewardship in hospitals).
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL http://www.bsac.org.uk/meetings/bsac-spring-meeting-2016-2/