My name is Raquel Ashton, I am a PhD candidate supervised by Professor Mark Burgman (CEBRA) and Dr Louisa Flander (School of Population Health).
My master’s research explored using expert elicitation for biosecurity risk assessment. I asked the question “Should we let experts talk to each other?”
My PhD research sees me gathering intelligence on the networks that contribute to wildlife disease surveillance. I am examining how wildlife disease information is disseminated through conventional social networks and comparing this with internet networks.
My theoretical and methodological approach is interdisciplinary and inquisitive. I am appropriating concepts and methods from social science, epidemiology, cognitive psychology and veterinary science.