Dr Clare Wenham

Dr Clare Wenham

Assistant Professor of Global Health Policy

Department of Health Policy

020 7955 6592
Room No
COW 1.03
Office Hours
Thursday 15.00-17.00
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English, Spanish
Key Expertise
Zika, Global Health Security, Global Health Governance

About me

Dr Clare Wenham is Assistant Professor of Global Health Policy. She is the Director of the MSc in Global Health Policy and sits on the steering committee of the LSE Global Health Initiative.

Dr Wenham’s work mostly falls in the cross-over between global health and international relations focusing on global health security and global health governance. In particular, her recent research has concentrated on Zika, Ebola, and more broadly, on the governance structures of the global health landscape and global disease control.

She previously worked at the Department of Infectious Disease Epidemiology at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, delivering 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 time, she was awarded a fellowship at the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology, and consulted for the Asian Development Bank.

Before starting her academic career, Dr Wenham worked in public health policy roles at the Faculty of Public Health and for an NHS Trust.


Current research

Dr Wenham’s current research falls into two areas: Global Health Security and Global Health Governance.

Global Health Security

Dr Wenham is leading a Wellcome Trust funded project exploring the intersections between Zika, regulation and abortion. The research seeks to understand the impact of the Zika outbreak on how women access abortion, and in particular medical abortion, and how national regulation in Brazil, Colombia and El Salvador impacted on women’s choices and abortion service providers activity during the health emergency. More information here.

Dr Wenham is also completing a book manuscript examining the Zika outbreak and global health security agenda.

Global Health Governance

Clare is co-PI on a project entitled “Building the case for Investment in Health Sciences Research in Africa” with Justin Parkhurst. This project aims to learn how health sciences research capacity can be improved and increased on the African continent. The objectives of the project are to identify what promotes an enabling environment for health sciences research to thrive - exploring several key areas such as (but not limited to) the policy environment, funding mobilization, and the regulatory and coordinating systems for health sciences research conducted in the public and private sectors. The findings of the project will be used to develop policy recommendations for improving and increasing health sciences research in countries in Africa who are working at different levels of health sciences research capacity, activity, and investment.

The second, more theoretical area of her work considers the role of sovereignty and responsibility in global health – examining how these concepts are embedded into the global health landscape and the structural concerns that they each pose to sustainability and global health security.




PhD International Politics, Aberystwyth University, Wales



Programme Director, MSc Global Health Policy
HP404 Global Health Policy: Institutions, Actors and Politics
HP4E1E Global Health Policy


LSE Affiliations

LSE Health
LSE Latin American and Caribbean Centre
Firoz Lalji Centre for Africa


Expertise Details

zika; ebola; global health; governance; global health security; infectious disease surveillance; disease; health sciences research; capacity building