Policy, expertise and controversy

The problem of antimicrobial resistance is now recognised as a One Health issue (human, animal and ecosystem health) and many public and partly state-controlled actors are therefore contributing towards the ways antibiotics are regulated in livestock farming. These regulatory issues, and sometimes controversies, take place at international, regional and local levels regarding the way the measures against antimicrobial resistance are defined. Our projects seek to analyse how these policies are constructed and implemented at these differents scales and how the balance of power between different actors (States, international organisations, expertise agencies, etc.) influence the way the problem of antimicrobial resistance is dealt with.

For more details, look at the Themes page.

From nightmare to promise. Rethinking AMR narratives

Published on 07/04/2020

The problem of antimicrobial resistance is nowadays framed through a dystopian narrative, based on the fear of a world without antibiotics. It is urgent to rethink our understanding of the...

Colistin (1). The history of an unclassified "critically important" antimicrobial

Published on 22/11/2021

In a series of three posts, I will present the findings of an investigation that I conducted under the Food Policy and Health Risk Management master's programme taught by National...

Colistin (2). Time to decide

Published on 13/12/2021

So-called "critical" antimicrobials have been in the spotlight of European legislative news in recent months. The European Parliament almost voted to reject a regulatory package (Commission Delegated Regulation (EU) of...

Colistin (3). A classic example or a unique case?

Published on 20/09/2022

As our investigation progressed, one question loomed large: why did we choose to study colistin? Why didn’t we choose cephalosporins or fluoroquinolones, which also are considered to be "critical" antimicrobials?...