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Department of Geography

Current Postgraduate Students

Mr Philip Robinson, BVMS DSVM MSc MRCVS

Research Postgraduate (PhD) in the Department of Geography
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 33 41872
Fax: +44 (0) 191 33 41801
Room number: 102

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My PhD research is focused on bovine tuberculosis control, looking at the issue from a social science perspective. Having practiced as a veterinary surgeon in the state and private veterinary sectors, and with a period in veterinary epidemiological research, I bring a unique positionality to my research in human geography. Straddling the divide beween the social and natural sciences, and between disciplines, I believe that there is much to be gained from this approach to animal disease control. The overall purpose of my research is to gain an understanding of bovine TB and its control from the actors who are involved, and to produce an assessment which will guide future policy making.

Education and Qualifications

1996: Bachelor of Veterinary Medicine and Surgery (BVMS), University of Glasgow

2003: Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons Certificate in State Veterinary Medicine (Cert SVM)

2006: Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons Diploma in State Veterinary Medicine (DSVM)

2011: Master of Science in Veterinary Epidemiology & Public Health (MSc) Awarded with Distinction, Royal Veterinary College, University of London


US-UK Fulbright Scholarship to Mississippi State University, January - April 2010

University of London 150th Anniversary Prize for highest overall marks in MSc Veterinary Epidemiology & Public Health, March 2011

Best thematic poster at Durham University Annual Postgraduate Anthropology Conference, April 2012

Dudley Stamp Memorial Trust Award, April 2013

Best poster in Social Science/Economics category at VI International M. bovis conference, June 2014

Conference presentations

Veterinary geographies of disease control - ‘Geographical Imaginations’ Postgraduate Human Geography Conference, Newcastle University, 2 March 2012.

Veterinary geographies: can social science contribute to animal disease control? - RGS-IBG Postgraduate Forum Mid-Term Conference, The University of Nottingham, 21 April 2012

Veterinary ethnography: new shoes for 'shoe-leather' epidemiology? - International Symposium on Veterinary Epidemiology and Economics (ISVEE) XIII, Maastricht, Netherlands, 21 August 2012

Securing freedom from disease: a political ecology of animal health - Royal Geographical Society conference, The University of Edinburgh, 3 July 2012

Cows, badgers and bacteria: the everyday crisis of bovine TB - Institute of Hazard, Risk and Resilience (IHRR) Conference, Durham University, 18 October 2012

Farmers' views on cattle and badger vaccination to control bovine TB - Society for Veterinary Epidemiology & Preventive Medicine conference, Madrid, 21 March 2013

Veterinary geographies of bovine tuberculosis: what to do about ‘the badger problem’? - Wolfson Research Institute for Health and Wellbeing Research Colloquium, Durham University, 18 April 2013

Geographies of badger BCG vaccination: excluding ‘the other’ down on the farm frontier - Royal Geographical Society conference, London, 30 August 2013

Bovine mobilities and biosecurity: Why do farmers buy cattle? - Society for Veterinary Epidemiology & Preventive Medicine conference, Dublin, 27 March 2014

Survival and risk factors for lateral spread of bovine TB in cattle herds exposed to infection at pasture in Northern Ireland - Society for Veterinary Epidemiology & Preventive Medicine conference, Dublin, 28 March 2014

Veterinary geography - bovine TB eradication in N. Ireland - VI International Conference on Mycobacterium bovis, Cardiff, 18 June 2014

Thoughts on biosecurity - knowledge and practice. VI International Conference on Mycobacterium bovis, Cardiff, 16-19 June 2014


Articles: magazine

  • Robinson, P. (2012). Animal diseases and human health. Geography Review 26(1): 12-15.

Journal papers: academic