Jonathan Rushton is an agricultural economist who specialises in the economics of animal health and livestock production and food systems – interests that grew from living and working on the family dairy farm. He is involved in research in the UK and Europe, and has extensive international experience of livestock production and the control of animal diseases in South America, Africa and Asia. During the global avian influenza response he worked at the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO). His recent research focus has been on the use of economics in understanding the emergence of pathogens from food systems and the more general impacts of disease at individual level and across society. This focus embraces the need for One Health approaches in the search for solutions to society’s disease and wider health problems. He is currently the professor in animal health economics at the Royal Veterinary College, holds the Norbrook endowed chair on veterinary business management, is a member of the Leverhulme Centre for Integrative Research on Agriculture and Health and between 2012 and 2014 was a non-executive member of the Animal Health and Welfare Board for England.