Governing risks and emerging diseases - ATP Emergence

Last update: 13 March 2013

This research project in social sciences analyses the recent trends in the governance of animal infectious diseases.

Dates: 2011-2013


Specifically, the project addresses:

  • The ambition of the international organizations such as World Organization for Animal Health (OIE), Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and World Health Organization (WHO) to strengthen global health governance. This ambition is analysed in the context of the "One World, One Health" paradigm and through the new international regulations (IHR, TAHC).
  • The responses at national level to recommendations or pressures issued by international organizations. These responses are analysed in relation with the question of State sovereignty, the specific national contexts (competing policies goals, risk culture,...) and the growing role of private standards in international trade.
  • The role of stakeholders directly impacted in their livelihoods by the diseases or by the sanitary regulations. The study of the “local level” is not limited to the identification of the social causes or consequences of the diseases but focuses on stakeholders (farmers, consumers,...) as risk managers whose interests and strategies have to be analysed.

All these actors (at international national or local levels) have their own rational and interests and adapt their behaviour according to their own analysis of the situation. The objective of the research project is therefore to understand the global dynamic resulting from this stakeholder inter-play.

The project considers different diseases in different national contexts: flu (H5N1, H1N1) in France and Vietnam, “Peste des Petits Ruminants” (PPR) in Morocco, Foot and Mouth Disease in Southern Africa.

Last update: 13 March 2013

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