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Developing a collaborative agenda for humanities and social scientific research on laboratory animal science and welfare

Developing a collaborative agenda for humanities and social scientific research on laboratory animal science and welfare
Developing a collaborative agenda for humanities and social scientific research on laboratory animal science and welfare
Improving laboratory animal science and welfare requires both new scientific research and insights from research in the humanities and social sciences. Whilst scientific research provides evidence to replace, reduce and refine procedures involving laboratory animals (the '3Rs'), work in the humanities and social sciences can help understand the social, economic and cultural processes that enhance or impede humane ways of knowing and working with laboratory animals. However, communication across these disciplinary perspectives is currently limited, and they design research programmes, generate results, engage users, and seek to influence policy in different ways. To facilitate dialogue and future research as this interface, we convened an interdisciplinary group of 45 life scientists, social scientists, humanities scholars, non-governmental organisations and policy-makers to generate a collaborative research agenda. This drew on methods employed by other agenda-setting exercises in science policy, using a collaborative and deliberative approach for the identification of research priorities. Participants were recruited from across the community, invited to submit research questions and vote on their priorities. They then met at an interactive workshop in the UK, discussed all 136 questions submitted, and collectively defined the 30 most important issues for the group. The output is a collaborative future agenda for research in the humanities and social sciences on laboratory animal science and welfare. The questions indicate a demand for new research in the humanities and social sciences to inform emerging discussions and priorities on the governance and practice of laboratory animal research, including on issues around: international harmonisation, openness and public engagement, 'cultures of care', harm-benefit analysis and the future of the 3Rs. The process outlined below underlines the value of interdisciplinary exchange for improving communication across different research cultures and identifies ways of enhancing the effectiveness of future research at the interface between the humanities, social sciences, science and science policy
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Davies, Gail F, Greenhough, Beth J. and Hobson-West, Pru et al. (2016) Developing a collaborative agenda for humanities and social scientific research on laboratory animal science and welfare. PLoS ONE, 11 (7), 1-24, [e0158791]. (doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0158791).

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Abstract

Improving laboratory animal science and welfare requires both new scientific research and insights from research in the humanities and social sciences. Whilst scientific research provides evidence to replace, reduce and refine procedures involving laboratory animals (the '3Rs'), work in the humanities and social sciences can help understand the social, economic and cultural processes that enhance or impede humane ways of knowing and working with laboratory animals. However, communication across these disciplinary perspectives is currently limited, and they design research programmes, generate results, engage users, and seek to influence policy in different ways. To facilitate dialogue and future research as this interface, we convened an interdisciplinary group of 45 life scientists, social scientists, humanities scholars, non-governmental organisations and policy-makers to generate a collaborative research agenda. This drew on methods employed by other agenda-setting exercises in science policy, using a collaborative and deliberative approach for the identification of research priorities. Participants were recruited from across the community, invited to submit research questions and vote on their priorities. They then met at an interactive workshop in the UK, discussed all 136 questions submitted, and collectively defined the 30 most important issues for the group. The output is a collaborative future agenda for research in the humanities and social sciences on laboratory animal science and welfare. The questions indicate a demand for new research in the humanities and social sciences to inform emerging discussions and priorities on the governance and practice of laboratory animal research, including on issues around: international harmonisation, openness and public engagement, 'cultures of care', harm-benefit analysis and the future of the 3Rs. The process outlined below underlines the value of interdisciplinary exchange for improving communication across different research cultures and identifies ways of enhancing the effectiveness of future research at the interface between the humanities, social sciences, science and science policy

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Accepted/In Press date: 25 June 2016
e-pub ahead of print date: 18 July 2016
Organisations: University of Southampton

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Local EPrints ID: 398093
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/398093
ISSN: 1932-6203
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ORCID for Emma Roe: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0003-4674-2133

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Last modified: 07 Oct 2020 01:54

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Author: Gail F Davies
Author: Beth J. Greenhough
Author: Pru Hobson-West
Author: Robert G.W. Kirk
Author: Ken Applebee
Author: Laura C. Bellingan
Author: Manuel Berdoy
Author: Henry Buller
Author: Helen J. Cassaday
Author: Keith Davies
Author: Daniela Diefenbacher
Author: Tone Druglitro
Author: Maria Paula Escobar
Author: Carrie Friese
Author: Kathrin Herrmann
Author: Amy Hinterberger
Author: Wendy J. Jarrett
Author: Kimberley Jayne
Author: Adam M. Johnson
Author: Elizabeth R. Johnson
Author: Timm Konold
Author: Matthew C. Leach
Author: Sabina Leonelli
Author: David I. Lewis
Author: Elliot J. Lilley
Author: Emma R. Longridge
Author: Carmen M. McLeod
Author: Mara Miele
Author: Nicole C. Nelson
Author: Elizabeth H. Ormandy
Author: Helen Pallet
Author: Lonneke Poort
Author: Pandora Pound
Author: Elizabeth Ramsden
Author: Emma Roe ORCID iD
Author: Helen Scalway
Author: Astrid Schrader
Author: Chris J. Scotton
Author: Cheryl L. Scudamore
Author: Jane A. Smith
Author: Lucy Whitfield
Author: Sarah Wolfensohn

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