The GCRF One Health Poultry Hub

The UKRI GCRF One Health Poultry Hub is an impact-driven research project working to help meet Asia’s growing demand for chicken meat and eggs without risk to local and global public health. IDS is one of 27 partners in nine countries working as part of this interdisciplinary Hub, which is led by the Royal Veterinary College (RVC).

Population growth is driving demand for chicken meat and egg production. However, rapid intensification creates conditions for diseases to emerge and spill over to people (‘zoonoses’). These include bacterial food poisoning and strains of avian influenza with epidemic or pandemic potential. Increased antimicrobial resistance due to misuse of antibiotics in poultry farming is also a major global threat. The need for safe, sustainable poultry production is most urgent in South and Southeast Asia.

Taking an interdisciplinary ‘One Health’ approach, the Hub is working in Bangladesh, India, Sri Lanka and Vietnam to explore how intensification of poultry production increases risk of infectious disease and why certain social, economic, cultural, regulatory contexts promote certain risky processes and behaviours. It is also testing novel interventions for disease control. With strong networks of local, regional and global stakeholders, the evidence generated will be put to immediate use by those who can make a difference. Thus the Hub’s outcomes will have wide regional and global relevance.

With Hub partners, IDS research will investigate socio-cultural, economic and political power relationships that influence individual and organisational behaviours. We are also leading, with Chatham House, on impact work through understanding the policy dynamics and politics of One Health in the regions, and leading on communications work for the project.

The Hub is funded by UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) through the Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF). It is one of 12 interdisciplinary hubs launched in 2019, each applying transformative research approaches to address intractable development challenges.

For more information, please visit the Hub website:


Recent work


Creeping forward with One Health

This One Health Day, we talk about how the reality of disciplines and sectors working together in holistic harmony remains elusive despite a new definition of One Health and ever-greater buy-in for the approach. This blog focuses on the ZOODLE word ‘WHOLE’. PLAY ZOODLE A One...

3 November 2022

Past Event

Governance: One health food systems

What are the key elements of One Health food systems? What are the next steps to achieve this transformation? Panellists Dr Namukolo Covic, Senior Research Coordinator at the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI). Professor Alan Dangour, Professor in Food and Nutrition...

4 August 2021


Nurturing effective science-to-policy pathways for public health

There can be few better illustrations of the need for good science-to-policy pathways than the current pandemic. While many are casting Covid-19 as the warning the world needed to wake up to the threat of animal-to human (zoonotic) disease spillover, researchers had been striking the warning...

23 April 2021


World Zoonoses Day 2020

Monday 6th July 2020 marks World Zoonoses Day 2020.  This year, the 150 partners in the One Health Poultry Hub will observe a two-minute silence of private reflection on those who are known, and those who remain unknown, who are suffering from endemic and emergent zoonotic diseases. These...

3 July 2020


UNGA74: governments must commit to social science for ‘health for all’

As global leaders come together for the 74th UN General Assembly, a major focus will be the High-Level Meeting: ‘Universal Health Coverage: Moving Together to Build a Healthier World’ on 23 September. This is a global opportunity to mobilise the highest political support for the achievement...

19 September 2019


Community engagement and tackling antimicrobial resistance

Community engagement has the potential to put people, their perceptions and priorities at the heart of both social and biological science development research. 'A woman raises her hand to speak at a community meeting in Aurangabad',, World Bank Photo Collection, CC BY-NC-ND...

7 August 2019