Barnett, Tony

Professor Tony Barnett  


Position held

LSE Health

ESRC Professorial Research Fellow

Department of Social Policy

Non LSE positions held


Position held

The London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine

Professor of the Social Sciences of Infectious Diseases

Experience keywords:

Africa and Asia impact; security; HIV/AIDS; resilience; infectious diseases; hope

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Professor Barnett has a general interest in the social science of infectious diseases. For almost 20 years, his research centred on the social and economic effects of the HIV/AIDS epidemic in Africa and Asia (including Russia and the Confederation of Independent States).

He has studied the impact of HIV/AIDS on rural societies in Africa, on commercial, voluntary and public organisations, and has written about problems of costing the epidemic, and in particular its costs in relation to social reproduction, hedonic loss and hope. He has also worked on the availability and costs of anti-retroviral treatments in Africa.

In 2005, Professor Barnett was appointed to the Expert Advisory Group of the UK government's Foresight Project, Detection and Identification of Infectious Diseases, where he worked on the human and bovine tuberculosis as well as on HIV/AIDS.

From 2007-2009, he led a major study of the potential effects of pandemic influenza on the United Kingdom. Since that time his interests have expanded to other infectious diseases and in particular to understanding the role of hope and other emotions in affecting infectious disease transmission in human populations.

Countries and regions to which research relates:

South Africa; Africa


Arabic [Spoken: Basic, Written: Basic]; French [Spoken: Basic, Written: Basic]; Italian [Spoken: Basic, Written: Basic]

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Ulaeto, D. and Irving, D. and Barnett, A. (2014) Emerging and Persistent Infectious Diseases (EPID): workshop report


Liverani, Marco and Waage, Jeff and Barnett, Tony and Pfeiffer, Dirk U. and Rushton, Jonathan and Rudge, James W. and Loevinsohn, Michael E. and Scoones, Ian and Smith, Richard D. and Cooper, Ben S. and White, Lisa J. and Goh, Shan and Horby, Peter and Wren, Brendan and Gundogdu, Ozan and Woods, Abigail and Coker, Richard J. (2013) Understanding and managing zoonotic risk in the new livestock industries Environmental Health Perspectives, 121 (8). 873-877. ISSN 0091-6765


Barnett, Tony (2012) HIV/AIDS: behaviour change, social protection, inequality and hope Research Watch, 6 (1 January 2012) opinion

Barnett, Tony (2012) Social policy interventions to enhance the HIV/AIDS response in sub-Saharan Africa: alternative perspectives 5.1 In: Lomborg, Bjorn, (ed.) Rethinkhiv: Smarter Ways to Invest in Ending HIV in Sub-Saharan Africa. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, UK, 281-292. ISBN 9781107028692

Barnett, Tony and Sorenson, Corinna (2011) Infectious disease surveillance in the United States and the United Kingdom: from public goods to the challenges of new technologies Journal of Health Politics, Policy and Law, 36 (1). 165-185. ISSN 0361-6878

Smith, Richard D. and Keogh-Brown, Marcus R. and Barnett, Tony (2011) Estimating the economic impact of pandemic influenza: an application of the computable general equilibrium model to the UK Social Science and Medicine. ISSN 0277-9536

Carael, Michel and Homans, Hilary and Barnett, Tony and Carballo, Manuel (2011) On the front line: a review of programmes that address HIV among international peacekeepers and uniformed services 2005–2010 Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS, Geneva, Switzerland.

Nixon, Stephanie A. and Hanass-Hancock, Jill and Whiteside, Alan and Barnett, Tony (2011) The increasing chronicity of HIV in sub-Saharan Africa: re-thinking "HIV as a long-wave event" in the era of widespread access to ART Globalization and Health, 7 (1). 41. ISSN 1744-8603


Barnett, Tony (2010) The effects of HIV/AIDS on rural communities in East Africa: a 20-year perspective: response by the authors Tropical Medicine and International Health, 15 (8). 958-959. ISSN 1360-2276

Seeley, Janet and Dercon, Stefan and Barnett, Tony (2010) The effects of HIV/AIDS on rural communities in East Africa: a 20-year perspective Tropical Medicine and International Health, 15 (3). 329-335. ISSN 1360-2276


Barnett, Tony (2009) Book review: not to be sniffed at Prospect, 155 (Februa). ISSN 1359-5024

Barnett, Tony (2009) HIV/AIDS and state fragility ASCI synthesis paper, AIDS, Security and Conflict Initiative, Netherlands Institute of International Relations ‘Clingendael’ and the Social Science Research Council, Brooklyn, NJ, USA.

Smith, Richard D. and Keogh-Brown, Marcus R. and Barnett, Tony and Tait, Joyce (2009) The economy-wide impact of pandemic influenza on the UK: a computable general equilibrium modelling experiment British Medical Journal, 339 (b4571). ISSN 0959-8138


Barnett, Tony (2008) Unpalatable truths: review essay of Helen Epstein's 'The Invisible Cure' Lancet, 372 (9635). 282. ISSN 0140-6736

Barnett, Tony (2008) Aid, truth and policy: what do we know? [Review essay] Health Economics, Policy and Law, 3 (3). 313-319. ISSN 1744-1331

Barnett, Tony (2008) The long wave of HIV/AIDS: a special case of pathogen-host-environment interactions In: Volberding, Paul A. and Sande, Merle A. and Lange, Joep and Greene, Warner C., (eds.) Global HIV/AIDS Medicine. Elsevier Health Sciences, Philadelphia, PA, USA, 779-786. ISBN 9781416028826

Barnett, Tony (2008) The fallacy of the condom: review essay of 'the invisible cure: Africa, the West and the fight against AIDS' by Helen Epstein Prospect, 149. 70-71. ISSN 1359-5024

Barnett, Tony and Weston, Mark (2008) Health, wealth, HIV and the economics of hope AIDS, 22 (Suppl ). S27-S34. ISSN 0269-9370

Barnett, Tony and Dutta, Indranil (2008) HIV and state failure: is HIV a security risk? ASCI Research Report, 7. AIDS, Security and Conflict Initiative (ASCI), New York, NY, USA.

Barnett, Tony (2008) HIV/AIDS and hope(lessness) Global Public Health: an International Journal for Research, Policy and Practice, 3 (3). 233-248. ISSN 1744-1692

Kim, Julia and Pronyk, Paul and Barnett, Tony and Watts, Charlotte (2008) Exploring the role of economic empowerment in HIV prevention AIDS, 22 (Suppl ). S57-S71. ISSN 0269-9370


Barnett, Tony (2007) HIV/AIDS, cost, value and responsibility Wellcome History (34). 6. ISSN 1477-4860

Barnett, Tony (2007) HIV/AIDS, a long wave event: sundering the intergenerational bond In: Poku, Nana and Whiteside, Alan and Sandkjaer, Bjorn, (eds.) AIDS and Governance. Global health. Ashgate, Aldershot, UK, 29-47. ISBN 9780754645818

Barnett, Tony and Whiteside, Alan (2007) Poverty and HIV: impact, coping and mitigation policy In: Cornia, Giovanni Andrea, (ed.) AIDS, Public Policy and Child Well-Being. UNICEF Innocenti Research Centre, Florence, Italy, 209-243. ISBN 9788889129524


Barnett, Tony and Bernays, Sarah and Rhodes, Tim (2006) Hope, prevention and treatment: a new way to look at the HIV epidemic Lancet Infectious Diseases. ISSN 1473-3099

Barnett, Tony (2006) HIV/AIDS, nutrition and food security: looking to future challenges In: Gillespie, S, (ed.) AIDS, Poverty and Hunger: Challenges and Responses. International Food Policy Research Institute, Washington, USA, 342-347. ISBN 9780896297586

Barnett, Tony and Prins, Gwyn (2006) HIV/AIDS and security: fact, fiction and evidence DESTIN, London School of Economics and Political Science, London, UK.

Barnett, Tony (2006) A long-wave event: HIV/AIDS, politics, governance and 'security': sundering the intergenerational bond? International Affairs, 82 (2). 297-313. ISSN 0020-5850

Barnett, Tony and Zubov, V (2006) Необходим решительный поворот в борьбе с инфекцией века (Need for a decisive shift in responding to the infection of the Century) Russia Federation Today (15). 44-46.

Barnett, Tony and Prins, Gwyn (2006) HIV/AIDS and security: fact, fiction and evidence—a report to UNAIDS International Affairs, 82 (2). 359-368. ISSN 0020-5850

Barnett, Tony (2006) HIV/AIDS: micro-macro resonances in the social science of infectious diseases

Barnett, Tony and Whiteside, Alan (2006) AIDS in the 21st Century: disease and globalisation 2nd, Palgrave Macmillan, Basingstoke, New York. ISBN 1403997683

Lazarus, Jeffrey V. and Liljestrand, Jerker and Barnett, Tony (2006) HIV/AIDS and its implications - a global long-wave threat that medicine alone cannot cure Australasian Journal of Human Security, 2 (3). 15-27. ISSN 1176-8614


Barnett, Tony and Parkhurst, J. (2005) HIV/AIDS: sex, abstinence and behaviour change Lancet Infectious Diseases, 5 (9). 590-593. ISSN 1473-3099

Barnett, Tony and Clement, C (2005) HIV/AIDS impact: so where have we got to and where next? Progress in Development Studies, 5 (3). 237-247. ISSN 1464-9934

Barnett, Tony (2005) A fragile web: review of 'Global health challenges for human security' by Lincoln Chen, Jennifer Leaning and Vasant Narasimhan Nature Medicine, 11 (1). 15. ISSN 1078-8956

Barnett, Tony (2005) Mapping the future of HIV/AIDS, security and conflict in Africa: introduction and overview

Barnett, Tony (2005) The implications of early detection of HIV: some speculations about cost savings that might have resulted from early detection of HIV-1 Foresight project: Detection and indentification of infectious Diseases, Department of Trade and Industry, London, UK.

Barnett, Tony (2005) HIV/AIDS, childhood and governance: sundering the bonds of human society African Journal of AIDS Research, 4 (3). 139-145. ISSN 1608-5906


Barnett, Tony and Pryns, G and Whiteside, Alan (2004) AIDS denial costs lives The Spectator. 20-22. ISSN 1358-6149

Barnett, Tony (2004) HIV: a challenge for anthropology Anthropology Today, 20 (4). 1-2. ISSN 1467-8322

Barnett, Tony (2004) HIV challenge for anthropology Anthropology Today, 20 (4). 1-2. ISSN 1467-8322

Barnett, Tony (2004) The cost of an HIV/AIDS epidemic Tropical Medicine and International Health, 9 (3). 315-317. ISSN 1360-2276

Barnett, Tony (2004) HIV/AIDs and development concern us all Journal of International Development, 16 (7). 943-949. ISSN 0954-1748

Barnett, Tony and Seeley, J and Grellier, R (2004) HIV/AIDS in Eastern Europe and the Commonwealth of Independent States: reversing the epidemic - facts and policy options RENESANS, Slovak Republic. ISBN 9211261627

Barnett, Tony (2004) HIV/AIDS is not just about HIV/AIDS In: Foller, Maj-Lis and Thorn, Hakan, (eds.) No Name Fever: AIDS in the Age of Globalization. Studentlitteratur AB, Göteborg , Sweden, 41-59. ISBN 9789144036847

Barnett, Tony (2004) Preparedness: the social and economic dimension of HIV/AIDS in the CIS, Eastern Europe, Baltic and Balkans

Barnett, Tony (2004) HIV/AIDS preparedness in the CIS, Baltic, East and Southeast Europe and the Balkans: a situation report In: Lu, Yichen and Essex, Max, (eds.) AIDS in Asia. Kluwer Academic Publishers, New York, NY, USA, 163-180. ISBN 9780306485367

Barnett, Tony (2004) Costing the HIV/AIDS epidemic - thinking about scope, responses and long term implications Responding to HIV/AIDS, HC 664 2003-2004. National Audit Office, London, UK. ISBN 0102928347

Barnett, Tony (2004) Postscript: HIV/AIDS - how bad does bad have to be before we believe it is bad? How can we translate words to deeds? Journal of International Development, 16 (8). 1181-1184. ISSN 1461-7072

Barnett, Tony and Seeley, J and Grellier, R (2004) Gender and HIV/AIDS impact mitigation in sub-Saharan Africa - recognising the constraints Sahara J (Journal of Social Aspects of HIV/AIDS), 1 (2). 87-98. ISSN 1729-0376

Barnett, Tony (2004) HIV/AIDS policy and practice: who did what, who didn't do what and what might they do?

Kadiyala, S and Barnett, Tony (2004) AIDS in India Economic and Political Weekly, 39 (19). 1888-92. ISSN 0012-9976

Barnett, Tony and Blackwell, Michael (2004) Structural adjustment and the spread of HIV/AIDS Christian Aid, UK.


Barnett, Tony (2003) HIV/AIDS has changed the world: development work cannot be the same again The Acp-Eu Courier, 197. ISSN 1784-682X

Moatti, J.P and Barnett, Tony and Coriat, B. and Souteyrand, Y. and Dumoulin, J. and Flori, Y. A., eds (2003) Economics of AIDS and access to care in developing countries: issues and challenges Agence Nationale de Recherches sur le Sida, Paris, France.

Barnett, Tony and Topouzis, Daphne (2003) Mitigation of HIV/AIDS impacts through agriculture and rural development

Barnett, Tony and Grellier, Rachel (2003) Mitigation of the impact of HIV/AIDS on rural livelihoods through low-labour input agriculture and related activities

Barnett, Tony (2003) HIV/AIDS, human development and the coming epidemic in the Balkans, Baltic, Russian Federation and the CIS In: Moatti, Jean-Paul and Barnett, Tony and Coriat, Benjamin and Souteyrand, Yves and Dumoulin, Jerome and Flori, Yves-Antoine, (eds.) Economics of AIDS and Access to Care in Developing Countries; Issues and Challenges. ANRS, Paris, France. ISBN 9782910143213

Moatti, Jean-Paul and Barnett, Tony and Coriat, Benjamin and Souteyrand, Yves and Dumoulin, Jérome and Flori, Yves-Antoine, eds (2003) Economics of AIDS and access to HIV-AIDS care in developing countries: issues and challenges Agence nationale de recherches sur le SIDA (ANRS), France. ISBN 9782910143213


Barnett, Tony (2002) HIV/AIDS Impact Studies II - some progress evident Progress in Development Studies, 2 (3). 219-225. ISSN 1464-9934

Barnett, Tony (2002) The challenge of HIV/AIDS for food security and nutrition

Barnett, Tony (2002) Le VIH/SIDA et le "troisieme secteur" (HIV/AIDS, globalisation and the "third sector") Revue Humanitaire, Le SID (6). 76-87. ISSN 2105-2522

Barnett, Tony (2002) What can we learn from the HIV/AIDS epidemic

Barnett, Tony and Fantan, Tsetsele and Mbakile, Bekezela and Whiteside, Alan (2002) The private sector responds to the epidemic: Debswana - a global benchmark Best Practice Collection, UNAIDS/02.52E. UNAIDS, Geneva, Switzerland. ISBN 9291732176

Barnett, Tony (2002) HIV/AIDS and globalization - what is the epidemic telling us about economics, morality and pragmatism? In: Forsythe, Steven S., (ed.) State of the Art: AIDS and Economics. International AIDS and Economics Network (IAEN), 9-15. ISBN 9780960519613


Barnett, Tony and Rugalema, Gabriel (2001) HIV/AIDS Focus, 5 (3). 5-6.

Barnett, Tony (2001) Social and economic impact of HIV/AIDS on development In: Desai, Vandana and Potter, Robert B., (eds.) The Companion to Development Studies. Arnold, London, UK, 391-395. ISBN 9780340889145

Barnett, Tony and Whiteside, Alan and Desmond, Chris (2001) The social and economic impact of HIV/AIDS in poor countries: a review of studies and lessons Progress in Development Studies, 1 (2). 151-170. ISSN 1464-9934

Barnett, Tony (2001) Keynote address to the DFID-IFPRI consultation on HIV/AIDS and rural livelihoods

Barnett, Tony and Rugalema, Gabriel (2001) HIV/AIDS: a critical health and development issue In: Pinstrup-Andersen, Per and Pandya-Lorch, Rajul, (eds.) The Unfinished Agenda: Perspectives on Overcoming Hunger, Poverty, and Environmental Degradation. International Food Policy Research Institute, Washington, D.C., USA, 43-47. ISBN 9780896297067

Barnett, Tony and Whiteside, Alan and Desmond, Chris (2001) The World Development Report 2000/1: HIV/AIDS still not properly considered! Journal of International Development, 13 (3). 369-376. ISSN 0954-1748


Barnett, Tony and Whiteside, Alan and Decosas, Josef (2000) The Jaipur paradigm: a conceptual framework for understanding social susceptibility and vulnerability to HIV South African Medical Journal, 90 (11). 1098-1101. ISSN 0038-2469

Barnett, Tony (2000) HIV and the African agrarian crisis: which way forward? In: Mutangadura, Gladys and Jackson, Helen and Mukurazita, Duduzile, (eds.) AIDS and African Smallholder Agriculture. Southern Africa AIDS Information Dissemination Service (SAfAIDS), Harare, Zimbabwe, 8-12. ISBN 9780797419933

Low-Beer, Daniel and Stoneburner, Rand L. and Barnett, Tony and Whiteside, Alan (2000) Knowledge diffusion and personalizing risk: key indicators of behaviour change in Uganda compared to southern Africa

Barnett, Tony and Whiteside, Alan (2000) Guidelines for studies of the social and economic impact of HIV/AIDS Best practice collection, UNAIDS/00.32E. Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS), Geneva, Switzerland.

Barnett, Tony (2000) Vexing vaccines. Aids is still killing millions in Africa. Tony Barnett reads an account of how the virus may have jumped species [Review of 'The River: a journey back to the source of HIV and AIDS', by Edward Hooper] New Statesman (31). 58-59. ISSN 1364-7431

Barnett, Tony and Whiteside, Alan and Kruglov, Yuri and Steshenko, Valentina and Khodakevich, Lev (2000) The HIV/AIDS epidemic in Ukraine: its potential social and economic impact Social Science and Medicine, 51 (9). 1387-1403. ISSN 0277-9536

Barnett, Tony (1999) HIV/AIDS, poverty, exclusion and the third world In: Pacione, Michael, (ed.) Applied Geography: Principles and Practice : an Introduction to Useful Research in Physical, Environmental and Human Geography. Routledge, London, UK, 528-536. ISBN 9780415182683

Barnett, Tony and Whiteside, Alan (1999) HIV/AIDS and development: case studies and a conceptual framework European Journal of Development Research, 11 (2). 200-234. ISSN 0957-8811

Barnett, Tony and Whiteside, Alan (1999) HIV/AIDS in Africa: implications for "development" and major policy implications


Barnett, Tony (1998) The epidemic in rural communities: the relevance of the African experience for India In: Godwin, Peter, (ed.) The Looming Epidemic: the Impact of HIV and AIDS in India. Hurst & Company, London, UK, 150-170. ISBN 9781850654247

Barnett, Tony and Whiteside, Alan and Khodakevich, Lev and Kruglov, Yuri and Steshenko, Valentyna (1998) Estimation of the possible demographic and social-economic consequences of HIV/AIDS spreading in Ukraine In: Demohrafichni Doslidzennia [Tekst]: Mizhvidomchyi Zbirnyk Naukovykhprats'. Instytut ekonomiki NAN Ukrainy, Kyiv, 81-104. ISBN 966-02-0438-8

Barnett, Tony and Whiteside, Alan (1998) AIDS in Africa: socio-economic determinants and development impact AIDS (Ias Supplement), 12 (5). 5-15. ISSN 0269-9370


Barnett, Tony (1997) States of the state and third worlds In: Golding, Peter and Harris, Phil, (eds.) Beyond Cultural Imperialism : Globalization, Communication and the New International Order. Communication and human values. SAGE, London, UK, 25-48. ISBN 9780761953319

Barnett, Tony and Whiteside, Alan (1997) Understanding the social and economic impact of HIV/AIDS in Ukraine British Council & the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS), Kiev, Ukraine.

Barnett, Tony (1997) Un cadre pour l'analyse de la situation des camps de réfugiés en terms de sensibilité et vulnérabilité In: Desclaux, Alice and Raynaut, Claude, (eds.) Urgence, Précarité et Lutte Contre Le Vih/Sida En Afrique. L'Harmattan, Paris, France, 42-48. ISBN 9782738451392

Barnett, Tony (1997) Le développement de l'Épidemie du VIH/SIDA en Ouganda et la lutte contre sa diffusion: éléments de réflexion sur les notions de sensibilité et de vulnérabilité a l'épidemie In: Desclaux, Alice and Raynaut, Claude, (eds.) Urgence, Précarité et Lutte Contre Le Vih/Sida En Afrique. Réseau Société d'Afrique et sida. L'Harmattan, Paris, France, 35-52. ISBN 9782738451392

Barnett, Tony (1997) Keeping the s-curve in mind: sustainability AIDS/STD Health Promotion Exchange (3). ISSN 1384-2692


Barnett, Tony and Whiteside, Alan (1996) Locating the economic impact of HIV/AIDS AIDS Analysis Africa. 3-4. ISSN 1016-8974

Barnett, Tony (1996) AIDS has an impact on food security

Barnett, Tony and Whiteside, Alan (1996) Social and economic factors crucial in defining the spread and effect of HIV AIDS Analysis Asia, 2 (4). 8-9. ISSN 1359-1452

Barnett, Tony and Whiteside, Alan (1996) HIV and AIDS South African Health Review. 165-172. ISSN 1025-1715

Barnett, Tony (1996) L'impact social et économique du VIH/sida: à propos de l'Inde, quelques comparaisons avec l'Afrique Sociétés d'afrique et Sida, 11. 10-11. ISSN 1248-9883

Barnett, Tony and Grellier, Rachel (1996) Cultural influence on society vulnerability In: Mann, Jonathan M. and Tarantola, Daniel, (eds.) AIDS in the World Ii: Global Dimensions, Social Roots, and Responses. Global AIDS policy coalition. Oxford University Press, New York, N.Y., 444-446. ISBN 9780195090970

Barnett, Tony and Whiteside, Alan (1996) Mesure et analyse de l'impact social et économique Journal du Sida. 21-24. ISSN 1166-8814

Barnett, Tony and Whiteside, Alan and Blas, Eric (1996) AIDS briefs: integrating HIV/AIDS into sectoral planning AIDS briefs, HIV/AIDS and Health Economics Research Division & World Health Organisation (WHO), Durban, South Africa.


Barnett, Tony and Blaikie, Piers (1992) Cultural, political and socio-economic effects of AIDS, HIV and STDs in eastern and southern Africa African Urban Quarterly, 7 (3 & 4). ISSN 0747-6108

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