Antibiotics In Societies. Online Panel Series 2020-2021

Learning from Fresh Perspectives: from insights to action on antibiotic use”

Social Research Findings and Implications Panels:

Antibiotics as Care: health facility based (23rd September 10.30-12:00pm BST). To watch the this session, please press here.


Antibiotics beyond health facilities: care, pharmaceuticals and markets (22nd October 10.30-12:00pm GMT). To watch this session, please click here.



Antibiotics beyond humans: Ecologies, production, flows (18th November 2:30pm-4:00PM GMT). To register for this event, please click here.


Antibiotic science, technology and infrastructures (17th December 10.30-12:00pm GMT). To register for this event, please click here.


Addressing Antibiotic Use Event: Addressing Antibiotic Use (24th February 2021, 9.30-12.30GMT). To register for this event, please click here.


The past five years has seen social research on the topic of antimicrobial resistance (AMR) flourish. The field has expanded in multiple directions, with innovative and informative research that has followed medicines, microbes, patients, animals, care providers, policies, and much more. One key area of expansion, in which a variety of fresh perspectives from social theory have been applied across multiple settings around the globe, is the reasons for antibiotic use. There are now many excellent research studies that have explored and explained different aspects of antibiotic use, drawing on a variety of disciplines including anthropology, sociology, geography, history, philosophy, law, economics, political science, psychology and design. Each of these studies presents insights into the reasons that societies – and constituent groupings – have come to be entangled with antibiotic medicines. And each stimulates ideas for response, in policy, programme or pilot form. The momentum for action on AMR at a global and national level has generated strong interest in the drivers of antibiotic use, and moreover ‘what to do’. This seems a critical moment to join together the insights from across the multiple social research projects that have generated new evidence and ideas in recent years, in order to provide a steer from social researchers towards a policy, funder and other-discipline audience.


These panels will bring together key insights from recent social research studies into the questions of (a) why antibiotics are being used in the ways that they are, in different settings and (b) what social researchers propose should be done to address this.


Four Thematic Panels through Q3&4 2020, brought together into a report with infographics, will be followed by a half-day event on ‘Addressing Antibiotic Use’ in Q1 (feb) 2021.

Thematic panels

The four Thematic Panels will bring together social researchers to present and discuss their key findings and implications for policy/programmes/pilots. Each of the four panels will group together different lead individuals from recent research projects under four themes. Themes were developed from those set out on the AMIS website, and which were used as an organising structure for the 2018 Social Science and AMR symposium at the British Academy. An advisory group* has guided the themes and composition of the proposed panels and will support the review of the final report, together with others who contribute to the panels and process.


The Antibiotics In Societies report will compile commonalities and differences from across the thematic panels on the topics of (a) describing antibiotic use; (b) reasons for antibiotic use; and (c) ways to address antibiotic use in policy, programmes and pilots. The report’s contents will form the basis of the discussion at the half-day event in February.

Addressing Antibiotic Use – Half-day Event

The Addressing Antibiotic Use Event will bring social science insights and proposals into conversation with policy makers, funders and researchers from outside of social science. More information on this final AMIS event will be shared closer to the time.