Jamie Lorimer is an environmental geographer. His research explores the cultural politics of nature focusing on what we understand to be wild and and who gets to decide. Previous work has explored the history and politics of rewilding in the wider countryside. He has experience of understanding and communicating science in popular contexts and in developing collaborative methods for engaging publics in environmental decision making. In this project Jamie hopes to explore how ideas about wildness and domesticity inform how we make sense of life in kitchens and in our bodies. His pressing questions include: What difference does it make when the wild is in our homes? How might we come to see and sense microbial life and gain some comprehension of its dynamics and functional importance? What happens when people can run their own experiments and go on their own kitchen safaris? How do these change what we think is hygienic?
Beth Greenhough is a human geographer with particular interests in health and the environment. She has been involved in a range of research projects exploring the impacts of biomedical research on society, and of society on biomedical research, including work on biobanking, clinical trials and laboratory animal welfare. She brings to the project experience in understanding the ways in which people think about and engage with viruses and other microbes, and a keen interest in increasing the involvement of a wider range of stakeholders in scientific research.
Rich Grenyer is a biodiversity scientist, geographer and conservationist. He has devised and worked with different ways of measuring biodiversity, especially using evolutionary family trees, and is currently working on how best to prevent species extinctions. In the Good Germs Bad Germs project, he’s interested in what people mean when they say “biodiversity”, and how people form relationships with living things.
Andrew Dwyer is a cyber security geographer. His interests extend across security, geography and computing technologies.
He is pursuing a DPhil (PhD) looking at the ecologies and spaces of malicious software. Within this, he is exploring the relationship between medical sciences and microbiology through embracing how technological more-than-humans may be understood.
Timothy Hodgetts is an environmental geographer. His research focuses on the (often spatial) politics and ethics involved in practices of governing wildlife; and on how wildlives can be approached, understood, and valued in diverse ways. He is particularly interested in participatory forms of science, and what these might augur for peoples’ engagements with ‘more-than-human’ worlds.