Department: Pathobiology and Population Sciences

Campus: Camden

Research Groups: Pathogen Flow in Ecosystems, Sustainable Food Systems, Antimicrobial Resistance, IRLFS (Research Programme)

Director of the London International Development Centre (LIDC) and Professor of International Development at the Royal Veterinary College

Claire is a veterinarian with training in the social sciences. She joined LIDC and RVC from the School of Veterinary Sciences at the University of Bristol where as Head of Infection and Immunity she initiated the Risk and Resilience Hub which explores four inter-linked critical global challenges: climate change and health, antimicrobial resistance, sustainable food systems and disease emergence.

Claire has extensive experience of inter-disciplinary research grounded in the challenges faced by poorer communities. For example, in 2000, she founded the Livestock Development Group (LDG) at the School of Agriculture, Policy and Development at the University of Reading. This was in response to the need for a meta-disciplinary approach to the problems faced by the global poor.

Heffernan, C.
Climate change and multiple emerging infectious diseases.
VETERINARY JOURNAL, 23443-47. 2018.  Editorial.

Azbel-Jackson, L; Heffernan, C; Gunn, G; Brownlie, J.
Exploring the role of voluntary disease schemes on UK farmer bio-security behaviours: Findings from the Norfolk-Suffolk Bovine Viral Diarrhoea control scheme.
PLoS One, 13;2:e0179877.  2018

Geerlings, E C L; Heffernan, C.
Predicting risk of avian influenza a(H5N1) in Egypt: the creation of a community level metric.
BMC Public Health, 18388.  2018

York L, Heffernan C, Rymer C, Panda N.
A deterministic evaluation of heat stress mitigation and feed cost under climate change within the smallholder dairy sector.
Animal. 2017 May;11(5):900-909

Kairu-Wanyoike SW, Kaitibie S, Heffernan C, Taylor NM, Gitau GK, Kiara H, McKeever D.
Willingness to pay for contagious bovine pleuropneumonia vaccination in Narok South District of Kenya.
Prev Vet Med. 2014 Aug 1;115(3-4):130-42



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