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Gene drive mosquitoes for malaria control: complexities of governance

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Gene drive mosquitoes is a short documentary film that is beautifully shot in Uganda and explores Ugandan stakeholders’ hopes for gene drive mosquitoes. Uganda, where malaria is the main cause of death, could be one of the first countries in the world to trial this type of technology. The film builds on social science research at the University of Exeter and Makerere University in Uganda and shows the complexity of gene drive governance. Following the film, Chris Opesen and Sarah Hartley will answer questions and facilitate discussion. 


Sarah Hartley, University of Exeter

Sarah Hartley

Sarah is Professor of Technology Governance at the University of Exeter. She is a social scientist studying efforts to ‘open up’ governance decisions to diverse knowledge, values and visions through engagement and knowledge co-production. Over the last five years, she has led numerous projects on the complex governance of gene drive mosquitoes in sub-Saharan Africa with colleagues in Uganda, Mali, and Burkina Faso.  

Chris Opesen, Makerere University, Uganda

Chris Opesen

Chris C. Opesen is a member of the International Union of Anthropological and Ethnological Scientists and Uganda Sociological and Anthropological Association. He holds a PhD in Social Anthropology and has held a post-doctoral research collaboration fellowship in Emerging Technologies for Health (Gene Drive Mosquitos for Malaria Control) at Exeter University. Chris is a Lecturer at the Department of Sociology and Anthropology in Makerere University with research interests in infectious diseases.

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