Dr Emma Pitchforth, LSE Health has been successful with colleagues from King's College London (KCL) and Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) in being awarded a 'Rising Powers, Global Challenges and Social Change' programme Network award from the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC). In total only nine awards were made, out of 33 proposals considered by the panel.
The ESRC's 'Rising Powers, Global Challenges and Social Change' Programme aims to deepen the understanding of the regional and global impact of 'rising powers' such as China, India, Brazil and Russia, and the economic, political and social implications for the UK. The new initiative calls for high-quality social science research networks that are embedded with effective international research collaboration and underpinned by engagement with a wide range of stakeholders.
The project, 'India's challenge in a globalizing healthcare economy: social science directions', will consolidate partnerships between researchers at LSE, King's College London and Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU). Over the next year network fellows will scope and synthesise existing research literatures and the project will bring together key scholars in workshops in London and in New Delhi.
Dr Susan F Murray, Reader in International Healthcare at King's College London, and the Network co-ordinator commented: 'We are very pleased indeed to have been given this opportunity to work with JNU, LSE Health and other colleagues, to examine the theoretical, methodological and empirical challenges facing this area of enquiry. It will lay the essential groundwork for future collaborative projects'.
Professor Rama Baru of JNU added: 'We are delighted to be a co-recipient of the ESRC award and view this as an excellent opportunity to work with UK social scientists on the important agenda of globalization and health care'.