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The Politics of Global Health

The Department’s Global Health research theme comprises the work of Tim Allen|, Stuart Gordon|, Shirin Madon|, James Putzel| and Ken Shadlen| as well as doctoral students. Demographic work on this theme is conducted by Tim Dyson|.

The Department’s analysis focuses on the politics of how global health policies emerge in relation to developing societies and medical concerns that especially concern poorer and more vulnerable people.

Tim Allen, for example, has worked extensively on health issues in Africa, focusing particularly on local understandings of illness and therapy, on HIV/AIDS and, more recently, on whether mass drug administration is a sufficient response to so-called neglected tropical diseases such as schistosomiasis and lymphatic filariasis (both parasitic conditions affecting millions that could potentially be controlled and maybe even eliminated). Stuart Gordon and Shirin Madon have analysed the political implications for state authority and local governance in privatising and reforming health care provision in Afghanistan and India. James Putzel and Ken Shadlen have written on international politics of health – respectively on the allocation of EU aid, and on trade-based regulation of pharmaceuticals, especially for HIV/AIDS.

The analysis of the politics of global health indicates a commitment to understanding the ways in which healthcare within developing countries is shaped by global institutions and trade, and the ability to reformulate healthcare to address needs and concerns of vulnerable people.