Department: Pathobiology and Population Sciences

Campus: Hawkshead

Pablo's research and teaching focuses on the economics of animal health. His interest lies in understanding the economic drivers and factors associated with the emergence, prevention and control of animal diseases and public health risks across the different livestock food systems; in evaluating the economic burden of animal diseases for the different people in the food chain; and in the development of economic decision support tools for disease control to help to improve food safety, food security, and to optimize production processes and animal welfare.   



Pablo graduated in Veterinary Medicine in 2005 by the University of Cordoba, Spain. He undertook a MSc in veterinary epidemiology at the RVC and, subsequently, worked in the epidemiology division of the same institution for two years before starting his PhD in September 2009. For his PhD he investigated the epidemiological and economical impact of porcine post-weaning multi-systemic wasting syndrome in England. In addition, his research also focused on the investigation of pig farmers' decision-making process for disease control. He graduated from his PhD in 2012. He then started a post-doctoral research fellowship in food systems at the RVC and at the Leverhulme Centre for Integrative Research on Agriculture and Health (LCIRAH). He investigated the livestock value chains operating in Nairobi, Kenya, and their role in emergence of food safety risks and in the city’s food security. He also continue developing economic models to assess disease impact and effectiveness of interventions for other animal diseases, such as Schmallenberg and PRRS.  In 2016, he joined the Animal and Plant Health Agency (APHA) as a veterinary epidemiologist, where he provided epidemiological support on the design and analysis of livestock disease surveillance, and for outbreak investigations. In particular, he provided support to the European Union reference laboratory for Avian Influenza and TSEs, and in the development of antimicrobial resistance research projects. In 2017, he started a position as Lecturer in Animal Health Economics at the RVC.

Nathues, H; Alarcon, P; Rushton, J; Jolie, R; Fiebig, K; Jimenez, M; Geurts, V; Nathues, C.
Modelling the economic efficiency of using different strategies to control Porcine Reproductive & Respiratory Syndrome at herd level.

Waret-Szkuta, A; Alarcon, P; Haesler, B; Rushton, J; Corbiere, F; Raboisson, D.
Economic assessment of an emerging disease: the case of Schmallenberg virus in France.

Carron, M; Alarcon, P; Karani, M; Muinde, P; Akoko, J; Onono, J; Fèvre, E; Haesler, B; Rushton, J.
The broiler meat system in Nairobi, Kenya: using a value chain framework to understand animal and product flows, governance and sanitary risks.

Alarcon, P; Fevre, E M; Muinde, P; Murungi, M K; Kiambi, S; Akoko, J; Rushton, J.
Urban livestock keeping in the city of Nairobi: Diversity of production systems, supply chains and their disease management and risks.
Frontiers in Veterinary Science, (2017)

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