Clare Wenham


Clare’s work for the most part falls in the cross over between global health and international relations. Her work focuses on global health governance, health security, surveillance and infectious disease control. In particular her work focuses on pandemic influenza, Ebola and more broadly on the governance structures of the global health landscape and global disease control. Her recent work has appeared in The Lancet, Third World Quarterly and Global Health Governance.

She previously worked in the Department of Infectious Disease Epidemiology at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, working on a series of projects relating to surveillance and transmission of infectious disease. Prior to this she undertook a PhD in International Relations at the Centre for Health and International Relations at Aberystwyth University examining the tensions between global disease governance and individual state sovereignty. During this, she did a fellowship at the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology and consulted for the Asian Development Bank. Before starting her academic career, Clare worked in public health policy roles at the Faculty of Public Health and for an NHS trust.


Clare continues to investigate the role of sovereignty and responsibility of states in global health, working on a manuscript project continuing from her PhD thesis. She also will continue to finish off her work on Ebola in security and humanitarian frames, as well as exploring the political developments of the Zika virus.


Wenham C, (2016), Digitalizing Disease Surveillance: The Global Safety Net, Global Health Governance, Fall 2016

Kamradt-Scott, A., Harman, S., Wenham. C., Smith F., (2016) Civil-Military cooperation throughout Ebola: Helpful this time, but will it work again? The Lancet, Vol 387, No. 10014 pp104-5, 9th January 2016

Wenham C, (2015), Ebola Respons-ibility: Moving from shared to multiple responsibilities, Third World Quarterly, Vol 37, No 3, pp.436-451

Kamradt-Scott, A., Harman, S., Wenham C., Smith F, (2015) Saving Lives: The civil-military response to the 2014 Ebola outbreak in West Africa, University of Sydney

Wenham C, (2015), GPHIN, GOARN, Gone? The Role of the World Health Organization in Global Disease Surveillance, Book Chapter in Davies S & Youde J eds. (2015) The Politics of Disease Surveillance, Ashgate Publishing

Kamradt-Scott, A., Harman, S., Nunes, J., Roemer-Mahler, A., Wenham, C. et al (2015). WHO must remain a strong global health leader post Ebola. The Lancet, 285(9963), 111-111.

IHR Implementation Best Practice, APSED targeting and Cross Border Collaboration in Cambodia, Lao PDR and Vietnam, (2013) Policy Consultation in collaboration with Asian Development Bank

House of Parliament, (2014) Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology, Biobanks, POSTnote 473,


Zika isn’t a global health threat like Ebola, The Guardian, 27th January 2016

Zika and the Next Global Pandemic, BBC Newshour Extra, 6th Feb 2016

Why it’s wrong to compare Zika to Ebola, The Conversation, February 1st 2016

Teen citizen scientists are giving us inside knowledge to fight disease, The conversation, July 9th 2015,


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