Jessica Mitchell (University of Leeds)

Jess is a Post-doctoral Research Fellow on the GCRF funded project “Community Engagement for Antimicrobial Resistance (CE4AMR)” which focuses on providing community-led solutions to antimicrobial resistance (AMR) in low-middle income countries.  Jess joined the University of Leeds in April 2019 with a research background in zoology, specialising in the reproductive behaviour of Meerkats and Banded Mongooses.  Through her PhD investigating scent communication and parasitism in Banded Mongooses Jess spent time in Queen Elizabeth National Park, Uganda, and developed a passion for teaching and community engagement, mainly around conservation and human-wildlife conflict.  After her PhD Jess lectured at University level and worked in environmental education with the social enterprise Solutions for the Planet.  Jess has designed, delivered and evaluated a range of climate and environment-focused education projects and became particularly interested in the use of participatory research to tackle global challenges.

Jess is currently building a network of researchers and practitioners using community engagement and participatory approaches to tackle AMR (@CE4AMR).  Her own research interests lie in the environmental consequences of antimicrobial misuse, and how community engagement projects can create positive behaviour change on this issue.  Jess is also interested in the development of evaluation strategies to evidence the impact of behaviour-change interventions.

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