Dr. Judy Bettridge profile

Post-doctoral research associate


I am currently a post-doctoral research associate at the University of Liverpool, based at the International Livestock Research Institute in Nairobi, Kenya. I have recently joined the Urban Zoo project, part of the Zoonotic and Emerging Disease group. My role will be focused on the 99 households component of the project; a cross-cutting study which integrates multiple project threads. This will contribute to the understanding of factors influencing public health risk from emerging zoonotic pathogens in an urbanised environment and the role of livestock keeping and contact with value chains in driving disease emergence.

My first degree was in veterinary science (2004), and after graduation I worked in clinical practice for 5 years, before returning to the University of Liverpool, completing an MSc in veterinary infection and disease control in 2010. My PhD, completed in 2014, was on The epidemiology and ecology of infectious diseases in Ethiopian village chickens and the role of co-infection in infection risk, and was part of a multidisciplinary project studying the disease epidemiology, socio-economic aspects and population genetics of village chickens.During my first postdoctoral position, still within the CH4D (Chicken Health for Development) project, I worked on integrating the different disciplines to produce scientific publications, media and policy briefs for the UK Department of International Development. The project outcomes will be used to inform local development programmes in Ethiopia and other countries where chicken production is being targeted as a way of helping local farmers, especially women and the rural poor, to improve their livelihood and nutritional security.

I am interested in interdisciplinary research for its application of science to real-world problems, and in the methods which combine qualitative and quantitative research to understand agro-ecological systems. I am also interested in how local ecologies, systems and contexts influence the success of scientific and technological solutions, and how these advances perturb the way in which people and animals interact with infectious organisms in their environment.

Personal Distinctions

  • NE Roberts Prize (Prize, Institute of Infection and Global Health, University of Liverpool 2014)

Teaching and learning

  • I have taught veterinary and bioveterinary science undergraduates on the epidemiology course for the last 4 years, and taught this year for the first time on the statistics course.
  • I have also facilitated problem-based learning in animal reproduction.

External engagement

I take part in various public engagement activities, and especially enjoy those which combine art with science, to make our work accessible to the general public and to young people. Some examples of outreach activities are Germ War Craft at the Green Man Festival, and speaking at a local secondary school as part of their Science Evening lecture series.



J.M.BettridgeNOSPAM@liv.ac.uk (please remove the ‘NOSPAM’ part of the address before sending)


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