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Brian Perry

Visiting Professor of Tropical Veterinary Science, University of Oxford

Brian Perry has specialized in methodologies to determine the impacts, both biophysical and economic, of diseases and of alternative strategies and policies to control them, with particular emphasis on how animal disease control can contribute to poverty reduction. He led a landmark study for DFID to determine priority research investment options for poverty reduction in Africa and Asia, and has undertaken several economic impact evaluations of alternative policies for foot-and-mouth disease (FMD) control in South East Asia, the Andean region of South America and southern Africa.

He has also authored a global study for the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) on how greater international market access for livestock products by developing countries contributes to poverty reduction, and coordinated an international FMD research planning initiative entitled "Global roadmap for improving the tools to control FMD in endemic settings". He has led many independent evaluations of public funding in research and development, including the UN’s global avian influenza control programme, of the UN’s agricultural programmes in Ethiopia, the World Bank’s investment in avian influenza control in Nigeria, the EU’s programme to resuscitate agricultural development in Swaziland, and the FAO’s programme on FMD control in the Andean region of South America.

He authored a White Paper for the Independent Science and Partnership Council (ISPC) on the global demands for livestock research, and the responses by the Consultative Group for International Agricultural Research (CGIAR). He also recently co-authored a vision paper for FAO on the future contributions of livestock to food security in the Near East and North Africa. In 2015 he was awarded an honorary doctorate at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Uppsala. A selection of his recent publications and presentations is provided below:


Perry, B.D. 2016. The control of East Coast fever of cattle by live parasite vaccination: A science-to-impact narrative. One Health, 2, 103–114.

Perry, B.D. 2015. Towards a healthier planet. Veterinary epidemiology at the International Laboratory for Research on Animal Diseases (ILRAD) and the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI), 1987 – 2014; a review. International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI), Nairobi, Kenya, 66 pp    

Perry, B.D., Morton, J., Stur, W. 2014. A strategic overview of livestock research undertaken by the Consultative Group for International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) Consortium, 64 pp.

Perry, B.D., Romero, J., Lora, E. 2012. Evaluación independiente del Proyecto Regional Integrado Para el Control Progresivo de la Fiebre Aftosa en Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador, Perú y Venezuela.  GCP/RLA/178/SPA y GTFS/RLA/172/ITA.

Perry, B.D., Bell, L., Gasana, J., Kassa, Yewubdar, Kimoto, Tsukasa, Kumsa, Tesfaye, Tripp, Robert 2011. Independent Evaluation of the Programmes and Cooperation of the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations in Ethiopia, FAO Rome, 89 pp.

Perry, B.D., Camus, E., Ellis, T., Mbugua, H., Moore, R., Kapur, S., Isa, K., Tarazona, C. 2010. Second Real Time Global Evaluation of FAO’s Work on Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza, Office of Evaluation, Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations, Rome,