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Dr. Ann Bruce

Innogen Research Fellow


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ESRC Innogen Centre, The University of Edinburgh, Old Surgeon's Hall, High School Yards, Edinburgh, EH1 1LZ


Ann Bruce CV - Aug 2011 (PDF 40KB)

Ann is an interdisciplinary researcher with a background in both social and natural sciences. Her research interests cover innovation and regulation of life science industries, particularly involving animal biosciences. Much of her research has involved understanding emerging life science developments in their commercial, social, ethical, policy and regulatory environments.


Journal articles

Bruce, A. (2012) Fewer burps in your burgers or more birds in the bush? pp 207-212 in Potthast, T. and Meisch, S. (eds) 'Climate change and sustainable development: ethical perspectives on land use and food production', Wageningen Academic Publishers, Netherlands

Haddow, G., Bruce, A., Sathanandam, S., & Wyatt, J.C. (accepted). 'Nothing is really safe': a focus group study on the processes of anonymising and sharing of health data for research purposes. Journal of Evaluation in Clinical Practice. Article first published online: 13 July 2010, DOI: 10.1111/j.1365-2753.2010.01488.x

Haddow, G., Bruce, A., Calvert, J., Harmon, S.H.E. and Marsden, W. (2010) . New Genetics and Society, March, 29 (1): 3 - 17

Bruce, A. & Harmon S.H.E. (2009) ‘’ Part 1 Journal of International Biotechnology Law 6(2): 61-66; Part 2 Journal of International Biotechnology Law 6(3): 89-98

Haddow, G., Cunningham-Burley, S., Parry, S. and Bruce, A. (2008) , Critical Public Health, Vol.18, Issue 2, pp.139-149

Bruce, A. (2007) , Genomics, Society and Policy, Vol.3, Issue 3, pp.1-14

Suk, J., Bruce, A., Gertz, R., Warkup, C., Whitelaw, C.B.A., Braun, A., Oram, C., Rodriguez-Cerezo, E. and Papatryfon, I. (2007), , Nature Biotechnology, Vol. 25, Issue 1, pp. 47-53

Bruce A., Lyall C., Tait J., Williams R. (2004) , Futures, Volume 36, Issue 4, pp. 457-470

Lyall, C., Bruce, A., Firn, J., Firn, M. and Tait, J. (2004) , Research Policy, Vol.33, Issue 1, pp.73-87

Tait, J. and Bruce, A. (2001) 'Globalisation and Transboundary Risk Regulation: Pesticides and Genetically Modified Crops', Health, Risk and Society, Vol 3, Issue 1, pp. 99-112

Books & Book Chapters

Lyall, C. Bruce, A. Tait, J. and Meagher, L. (2011) Interdisciplinary Research Journeys: Practical Strategies for Capturing Creativity¸LondonBloomsbury Academic

Laurie, G., Bruce, A. and Lyall, C. (2009) ‘The Roles of Values and Interests in the Governance of the Life Sciences: Learning Lessons from the ‘Ethics+’ Approach of UK Biobank’ pp 51-77 in Lyall, C., Papaioannou, T. and Smith, J. (2009) The Limits to Governance. Ashgate, Farnham

Bruce, A. (2007) 'The public domain: ideology vs. interest' in Intellectual Property: the many faces of the public domain, Waelde, C. and MacQueen, H. (eds) Edward Elgar, Cheltenham, UK & Northampton, MA, USA pp.200-210

Tait, J. and Bruce, A. (2004) McDaniels, T.L., and Small, M.J., Risk Analysis and Society: Interdisciplinary perspectives, Cambridge University Press

Bruce, A and Tait, J (2004) p 211-216 in Blood and Data- ethical, legal and social aspects of human genetic databases, Arnason, A., Nordal, S. and Arnason, V. (eds) Published for the International ELSAGEN Conference, University of Iceland, Reykjavik, 25-28 August, 2004

Bruce, A. and Tait, J. , Values in Decisions on Risk Conference, Stockholm, June 9-13, 2003

Bruce, D. & Bruce, A. (1998) eds Engineering Genesis: the ethics of genetic engineering in non-human species, Earthscan, London

Selected research reports

Bruce, A. (2010) Attitudes to the use of rapid/point of care devices in the control of animal diseases. Innogen Working Paper no 86, March.

. A report by the Research Information Network and the British Library based on research conducted by Williams R., Pryor, G., Bruce A., Macdonald, S. and Marsden, W. (2009) on Understanding the Information needs and uses of life science researchers. Contributed to Tait, J. et al (2007) Report to OECD International Futures Project

Contributed to Tait, J. et al (2006) ) : primary production agro-food. European Techno-Economic Policy Support Network report for the Institute for Prospective Technology Studies (European Commission Joint Research Centre)

Braun, A., Bruce, A., Gertz, R,. Oram, C., Suk, J., Tait, J., Warkup, C. and Whitelaw, B. (2005) Series of confidential reports to the Institute for Prospective Technology Studies (European Commission Joint Research Centre) on .

Tait, J., Bruce, A. and Lyall, C. (2001) Studies on People's values in relation to chemicals and their effects on humans and the natural environment, Literature review for the Royal Commission on Environmental Pollution

Other publications

Bruce, A. (2011) Can veterinary diagnostic devices help control livestock disease, ‘Britain in 2011’ Annual magazine of the Economic and Social Research Council, p 89

Bruce, A (2010) Newly Emerging Veterinary Diagnostic Technologies: Exploring Attitudes, Behaviours and Wider Social Impacts, Innogen policy briefing.

Bruce, A. and Marks, N. , Innogen policy briefing no.14

Bruce, A. , Innogen policy briefing no.6

Workshop summary (2004): held on March 2004 in collaboration with the AHRC Centre for Studies in Intellectual Property and Technology Law and the Church of Scotland's Society, Religion and Technology Project. A workshop for policy makers, industry representatives, scientists and social scientists to engage with the issues of what values come into play when scientists and companies make innovations in biosciences or when policy decisions are made, and how do these reflect or conflict with wider public concerns?

Haddow, G., Cunningham-Burley, S., Parry, S. and Bruce, A. (2004) (Working Paper)

Horlick-Jones, T., Walls, J., Rowe, G., Pidgeon, N., Poortinga, W., O'Riordan, T. and Murdock, G. (2004) with contributions from Tait, J. and Bruce, A. A deliberative future? An independent evaluation of the GM nation?

Grants awarded

NERC Agri-food Industry Knowledge Exchange Fellowship Jan 2012-Dec 2013 (part-time).

ESRC Small Grant Jan 2010-Dec 2011 ‘Mitigating the environmental impact of cattle and sheep: animal genetics and farmers’ readiness for uptake.’

Defra grant April 2011- March 2012 in collaboration with the Food and Environment Research Agency on ‘Investigating the benefits, costs and barriers to uptake of field diagnostics within the Plant Health and Seeds Inspectorate’.

NERC grant Feb 2010- Jan 2011 ‘QUEST: Capturing Lessons from Interdisciplinarity.

Defra grant Feb 2012-Jan 2012 in collaboration with Tait, Castle, ADAS, RAND Europe & AHDB, ‘Integrated Advice Pilot Study’ to develop integrated advice packages for farmers on environmental issues whilst addressing their business needs.

ESRC Defra Placement Fellowship Sept-Dec 2009 ‘A science and technology study on newly emerging diagnostic technologies in agriculture: exploring attitudes, behaviours & wider social impacts.’

Defra grant in collaboration with Biosciences Knowledge Transfer Network to begin to study how to optimise knowledge transfer in agriculture. March-May 2010.

European Commission Institute for Prospective Technological Studies ‘Animal Cloning and genetic modification: a prospective study’. 2005

Wellcome Trust seminar grant for session on ‘The Impact of ethical and stakeholder pressures on policy and innovation in the pharmaceutical industry’ as part of the Innogen International Conference ‘Evolution of Life Science Industry Sectors’, 2005

Other activities

Member of the oversight group for BBSRC/MRC public engagement with stem cell research project 2007-2008

Appointed to pool of experts for BBSRC Bioscience for Society Strategy Panel 2011-2012Member of the advisory group for Scottish Funding Council Knowledge Exchange project on control of paratuberculosis in cattle (PARABAN) 2011-

Research Interests

Ann has a portfolio of research that has two main strands. One involves innovation and regulation of life science industries focusing on what might be loosely termed ‘agricultural biosciences’ and how they can contribute to sustainable development. A second strand involves the wider context of research, particularly the conduct of interdisciplinary research and the way in which stakeholders are engaged in that research and the use of information in research.

Ann is involved in the following Innogen projects:

Completed Innogen projects include:

PhD supervision

Ann welcomes postgraduate applications relating to her research interests particularly in the study of innovation in animal biosciences.

At present, Ann is supervising two PhD students.