Carmen is a Research Fellow funded through the Leverhulme Trust Programme: Making Science Public: Challenges and Opportunities. The project she is working on with Pru Hobson- West (PI), is called, ‘Animals and the Making of Scientific Knowledge’.
This work involves several research areas. One is looking at the public consultation launched by the Home Office in 2011, which sought to gather views on the UK implementation of the EU Directive 2010/63/EU on the protection of animals used for scientific purposes. This research is exploring: To what extent does legislative and democratic consultation make animal research science public, and how are definitions of ‘science’, ‘politics’ (and ethics) reconfigured in this process? Other key areas of research relate to the recent drive for greater transparency and openness in animal research, as well as investigating the growing influence of a new science-society policy discourse ‘Responsible Research and Innovation’ and how this might impact on debates about animal laboratory use.