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Prof Rob Christley BVSc DipVetClinStud MVetClinStud DipECVPH (PM) PhD FHEA MRCSV

Reader in Epidemiology Institute of Infection and Global Health

Research

Research Interest 1

My core research interest is the interplay between animal health and society; the social effects of animal health issues and the impact of human behaviour on animal health.

Animal health impacts society through many mechanisms; zoonotic diseases and animal induced injury directly impact health, concern regarding such events may induce fear and modify behaviour and, for those who own or manage animals or trade in animal products, animal diseases may have social and economic impacts. My research touches on all of these areas and includes the epidemiology and sociology of (a) zoonotic disease (b) animal-related injury including dog bites and (c) animal health management and care.

Research Group Membership
Research Grants

Preventing and mitigating farmed bivalve diseases: VIVALDI

EUROPEAN COMMISSION

March 2016 - February 2020

One Health Research Network for the Horn of Africa (HORN)

DEPARTMENT FOR BUSINESS, ENERGY AND INDUSTRIAL STRATEGY (BEIS) (UK)

October 2017 - December 2021

Health Protection Research Unit: Emerging Infections (including zoonoses) and Biological Threats.

DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH (UK) (NIHR)

April 2014 - March 2020

Perceptions of dog bites: why do they occur and how can they be prevented?

DOGS TRUST (UK)

September 2016 - December 2019

New and emerging Salmonella serovars; epidemiological, risk-based and molecular approaches to their identification and control: set up studies.

VETERINARY LABORATORIES AGENCY (UK)

April 2007 - December 2009

Fully Integrated, real-time detection, diagnosis and control of community infection outbreaks.

WELLCOME TRUST (UK)

April 2013 - July 2018

Unravelling the causes of respiratory disease in working equids in Ethiopia

SPANA (UK)

October 2012 - December 2015

Between animal and between farm transmission: the role of behaviour, signalling, host genetics and management (Pathogen transmission).

DEPARTMENT FOR ENVIRONMENT, FOOD AND RURAL AFFAIRS (UK)

April 2004 - December 2009

Efficacy and impact of different dissemination in horse and donkey livestock owners in Ethiopia

WELLCOME TRUST (UK)

October 2007 - December 2010

Predicting the effects of climate change on infectious diseases of animals

LEVERHULME TRUST (UK)

October 2007 - March 2013

Avian Influenza Epidemiological Modelling

DEPARTMENT FOR ENVIRONMENT, FOOD AND RURAL AFFAIRS (UK)

December 2005 - June 2007

The epidemiology of campylobacter infection in dogs in the context of the risk of infection to humans.

DEPARTMENT FOR ENVIRONMENT, FOOD AND RURAL AFFAIRS (UK)

July 2005 - November 2009

Sociology and owner understanding of equine colic & its prevention

ROYAL COLLEGE OF VETERINARY SURGEONS TRUST FUND

March 2010 - May 2011

Tackling epizootic lymphangitis in horses; new approaches for a neglected animal disease with major welfare and social impact

SPANA (UK)

December 2013 - November 2014

Ghana/Tanzania - UK Science Networking Scheme

ROYAL SOCIETY (CHARITABLE)

May 2008 - January 2009

Epidemiology and social risk amplification

ENGINEERING & PHYSICAL SCIENCES RESEARCH COUNCIL (EPSRC)

July 2007 - October 2010

Molecular epidemiology and spatial distribution of feline calicivirus in the UK.

PET PLAN CHARITABLE TRUST (UK)

May 2005 - April 2007

Randomised controlled trial to evaluate the effectiveness of different education methods in increasing knowledge in Cart Horse owners in Ethiopia.

ROYAL COLLEGE OF VETERINARY SURGEONS TRUST FUND

September 2009 - July 2010

Lost In Translation - a cross-disciplinary analysis of knowledge exchange and effectiveness in animal disease management

ECONOMIC AND SOCIAL RESEARCH COUNCIL (ESRC)

July 2008 - November 2011

Risk factors for EID of domestic animals

DEPARTMENT FOR ENVIRONMENT, FOOD AND RURAL AFFAIRS (UK)

October 2006 - September 2008

Contact-network studies between dogs, and between dogs and humans.

VETERINARY LABORATORIES AGENCY (UK)

October 2004 - April 2008

Identification of changes in individual and global farmer behaviour relating to the movement and management of cattle in the UK with particular reference to the introduction of bTB control measures.

DEPARTMENT FOR ENVIRONMENT, FOOD AND RURAL AFFAIRS (UK)

April 2007 - September 2009

Investigation of horse owners' perceptions of and attitudes towards equine health

BRITISH VETERINARY ASSOCIATION ANIMAL WELFARE FOUNDATION (UK)

November 2012 - March 2016

Reducing the impact of infectious disease on village poultry production in Ethiopia

BIOTECHNOLOGY & BIOLOGICAL SCIENCE RESEARCH COUNCIL (BBSRC)

November 2010 - April 2015