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Event date: 22 and 23 September 2011
Goodenough College
Mecklenburgh Square, London WC1N 2AB

The Socio-Politics of Biosecurity: Science, Policy and Practice


The Future of Biosecurity and Biosecuring the Future

Biosecurity Temporalities

Biosecurity is not only a spatial practice, it also operates through particular temporal registers.

Within biosecurity rationalities and discourses, the future is brought into the realm of contemporary political calculation through risk management approaches, as the unpredictability of life is used to justify actions made in the present to attempt to control, or produce, the future.

Biosecurity approaches also respond to or produce particular future-orientated ‘affect’. This entails, on the one hand, the anxiety, fear and worry of farmers who wait for the next pest or disease to arrive on their farms, and on the other, the excitement and passion of community groups involved in native restoration projects.

Biosecurity Futures

But what is the future for biosecurity, and what will future biosecurity practices and approaches entail?

Will climate change demand a new paradigm of ecological management through the growing disparity between ‘native’ species and suitable national ecological conditions?

Will we learn to live with and value ecological change?

Or will climate change be used to justify greater biosecurity control, as pest species and diseases ever expand their ecological ranges?

To begin to respond to these questions, this seminar event will bring speakers, discussion panels, exhibition and film into a public forum for a wider debate about the future of biosecurity.


Thursday 22 September 2011

Welcome by Dr Kezia Barker .


History of the Seminar Series and Introductions



Professor Jeff Waage (Director of London International Development Centre)
Future bioinvasions – viewing future risk from different sectors and cultures


Niall Moore (Head of Non-Native Species Secretariat)


Dr Kezia Barker (Birkbeck, University of London)
Surveilling and Preventing Possible Biosecurity Futures


Keynote Presentation: Professor Daniel Simberloff  (University of Tennessee-Knoxville)
Non-Native Species Risk: When, Where and to Whose Interests?


Friday 23 September 2011

Dr Simon Goodman (University of Leeds)

Rose Cairns (University of Leeds)
Social barriers to the generation and implementation of appropriate biosecurity policies in Galápagos

Godfrey Merlin (Freelance researcher and activist, Galápagos)
Red Riding Hood and the Big Bad Wolf


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