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Seminars

Creating impact together

The Global Health Initiative brings together key health sector stakeholders from across the LSE, the UK and internationally to share information, data, projects, and practice. We provide a platform for exchange and collaboration both within the LSE and beyond it.

We host a range of regular events, seminars, and lectures ranging from internal events for LSE students and staff to public lectures and high profile invitation-only events. We do so both in order to inform our ongoing research through engagement with others and to raise awareness of LSE's rigorous social science approach to Global Health issues and challenges.

Here, you'll find upcoming and previous seminars hosted by the Global Health Initiative, as well as other Departments from across the LSE. 


 

Upcoming events

Simukai Chigudu

Update: This event has been postponed until further notice

Cholera, Crisis and Citizenship in Zimbabwe 

This seminar presents a critical perspective on the political life of an epidemic. It focuses on the cholera epidemic in Zimbabwe, tracing the historical origins of the outbreak, examining the social pattern of its unfolding and impact, analysing the institutional and communal responses to the disease, and marking the effects of its aftermath. 

This event is hosted by the Global Health Initiative 

 

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Update: This event has been postponed until further notice

The Climate Crisis: Global Health and the Planet 

Can the global health community lead on climate action? 

This event brings together experts from academia, government and NGOs to answer the question of if global health actors can play a key role in shaping those futures. Panellists will discuss emerging threats to health and the current state of global environmental policy. Discussions will present interdisciplinary perspectives related to placing health at the centre of decision making on climate as well as looking at international governments’ role in disaster risk management, supporting sustainable cities, and advocating for the need to put people at the centre of the climate change discussion. 

This event is hosted by the Global Health Initiative 

 

Past events

2020

COVID-19 and Violent Extremism: gender perspectives 

Though focus is often placed on the government response to COVID-19, the pandemic has also allowed for violent extremist groups to both leverage and capitalise off the effects of COVID-19 which impacts both women and men differently.

Date: 03 June 2020
Time: 13:00 - 14:30 
Venue: Zoom Webinar

This webinar is hosted by the Centre for Women, Peace and Security

 

COVID-19: the health policy and care response

Academic experts from LSE’s Department of Health Policy in the fields of pandemic response, social care and health inequalities will consider pandemic response from a number of different angles, comparing responses across international health systems and decision-making and suggesting what the next steps should be for the UK and internationally.

Date: 03 June 2020
Time: 13:00 - 14:30 
Venue: Zoom Webinar

This webinar was hosted by LSE's Public Event Series

 

COVID-19 and Africa: pandemics and global politics 

A panel of leading African commentators will reflect on the global response to the health dimensions of the pandemic in Africa.

Date: 01 June 2020
Time: 13:00 - 14:30 
Venue: Zoom Webinar

This webinar is hosted by LSE's Public Event Series

 

Addressing the Pandemic: the pharmaceutical challenges

This webinar, as part of LSE's Public Lecture Programme, will exmaine a range of issues related to the development and use of vaccines and treatments for COVID-19. This includes the range of incentives for innovation and national approaches to purchasing, price negotiations, intellectual property and trade policies. 

Date: 26 May 2020
Time: 12:00 - 13:30 
Venue: Zoom Webinar

This webinar is hosted by the Global Health Initiative and LSE's Public Event Series

 

African responses to COVID-19: approaches, gaps and ways forward 

While the COVID-19 response of Africa’s 54 countries has been far from uniform, it has been remarkable. Experts from the LSE’s African Health Observatory Platform are joined by colleagues from the School of Medicine in Addis Ababa to discuss African approaches to the crisis and reflect on some unique data collected by the platform on individual country response.

Date: 22 May 2020
Time: 13:00 - 14:30
Venue: Zoom Webinar

This webinar is hosted by the Department of Health Policy and the African Health Observatory Platform

 

Responding to a Pandemic: the view from Latin America

Latin America is being hit by the virus and by a number of adverse economic shocks. How can the region’s democracies preserve both lives and livelihoods? What will be the impact on the region’s already low economic growth and high inequality? Five former Latin American heads of state bring their knowledge and experience to bear on these difficult questions.

Date: 22 May 2020
Time: 16:00 - 17:30
Venue: Zoom Webinar

This webinar is hosted by LSE's Public Event Series

 

Assessing the Impact of COVID-19: from mortality to misery?

In the current crisis, government policies, such as physical distancing, are paying enormous attention to the mortality risks of COVID-19 to the exclusion of the wellbeing hits borne elsewhere (e.g. mental health, loneliness, domestic violence, child welfare, physical health, and addiction). Is this as it should be when lives are at stake? If not, what can be done to ensure that misery is placed on a more equal footing with mortality?

Date: 21 May 2020
Time: 13:00 - 14:30
Venue: Zoom Webinar

This webinar is hosted by LSE's Public Event Series

 

Olive Branch or Fig Leaf? The Risks and Opportunities of the Global Ceasefire Call in the Time of Corona

The impact of the Corona pandemic in countries already wracked by years of war and violent extremism is difficult to fathom. This webinar will address questions such as are the ceasefires taking place and holding? If there is a shift towards political solutions and local conditions, is this not the key opportunity for the full participation of women peacebuilders?

Date: 12 May 2020
Time: 15:30 - 17:00
Venue: Zoom Webinar

This webinar was hosted by the Centre for Women, Peace and Security

 

Strategic leadership in the time of COVID-19

General Petraeus will develop his model of strategic leadership, developed during a senior military career and as leader of a large government agency, and what it implies for management in the context of a pandemic.

Date: 11 May 2020
Time: 16:30 - 18:00
Venue: Zoom Webinar

This webinar was hosted by LSE's Public Event Series

 

Looking back at COVID-19: how will Africa have changed one year from now? 

The COVID-19 pandemic has had a profound impact across Africa, with the full social, economic and political implications yet unknown. To different extents African governments have imposed lockdowns, closed borders and seen development initiatives upended at a time when they are needed most. In this webinar experts on development and humanitarianism in Africa outline their predictions in the face of the current crisis. By looking ahead, the speakers highlight emerging challenges and assign priorities as events unfold.

Date: 07 May 2020
Time: 14:00 - 15:30
Venue: Zoom Webinar

This webinar was hosted by the Firoz Lalji Centre for Africa

 

The COVID-19 Crisis Response: Putting Women at the Centre

Perhaps more than previous epidemics, COVID-19 has demonstrated that whilst outbreaks can affect anyone, women are often differentially affected – within the home, within the economy and within policy space. This seminar considered the role of women in leadership and the impact of COVID-19 on women.

Date: 29 April 2020
Time: 13:00 - 14:30
Venue: Zoom Webinar

This webinar was hosted by Centre for Women, Peace and Security, the Institute of Global Affairs and the School of Public Policy

 

Global Leadership to Support Africa's Response to COVID-19

In this online public event, speakers discuss the challenges facing African countries and lessons from the Ebola crisis, and explore how countries can best respond to the macro crisis caused by the collapse of natural resource prices and trade, capital flight, and disrupted global supply chains.

Date: 29 April 2020
Time: 15:30 - 17:00
Venue: Zoom Webinar

This webinar was hosted by LSE's Public Event Series

 

Now or Never: crafting the global COVID-19 response

This unprecedented global crisis requires an unprecedented global response. The first contours of such a response are slowly emerging, but there are important missing pieces and the speed and scale are not sufficient. Most of the measures taken so far have come from the international financial institutions, with the G20 Leaders slowly catching up. The G20 Finance Ministers meeting and the IMF Spring meetings took place last week and we know have a G20 Action Plan. Regional leaders have also taken steps to address the crisis in their respective regions. This panel will take stock of where we are and what needs to happen in coming months.

Date: 21 April 2020
Time: 16:30 - 18:00
Venue: Zoom Webinar

This webinar was hosted by Institute of Global Affairs and the School of Public Policy

 

COVID-19: A Gender Perspective on the Growing Humanitarian Crisis

A virtual discussion on gender-responsive approaches to mitigating COVID-19 and global strategies for addressing the pandemic's impact.

Date: 08 April 2020
Time: 11:00 - 12:00
Venue: Zoom Webinar

This webinar was hosted by the Centre for Women, Peace and Security

 

Online briefing on Syria and the coronavirus: what are the risks? With Caabu and LSE's Conflict Research Programme

Officially the Syrian authorities have only recently acknowledged coronavirus cases in Syria. Others believe that the situation is far worse in a country that has been decimated by nine years of conflict, crises and deliberate targeting of the health sector.  The speakers discuss the current coronavirus related challenges and what can be done to mitigate the spread of the virus. 

Date: 07 April 2020
Time: 14:00 - 15:00
Venue: Zoom Webinar

This webinar was hosted by LSE's Conflict Research Programme

 

Global Health Initiative Film Screening: 2040

Award-winning director Damon Gameau (That Sugar Film) embarks on a journey to explore what the future could look like by the year 2040 if we simply embraced the best solutions already available to us to improve our planet and shifted them rapidly into the mainstream. Structured as a visual letter to his 4-year-old daughter, Damon blends traditional documentary with dramatised sequences and high-end visual effects to create a vision board of how these solutions could regenerate the world for future generations. 

Date: 11 March 2020
Time: 18:00 - 20:00
Venue: Thai Theatre, New Academic Building

This event was hosted by the Global Health Initiative 

 

Where Are We on Global Health? 

With 10 years to go, will the world meet Sustainable Development Goal 3: ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages? Podcast available here

Date: 06 March 2020
Time: 19:30 - 20:30 
Venue: Sheikh Zayed Theatre, New Academic Building

This event was hosted by the Global Health Initiative 

 

Planet, Population and Rights 

Climate change measures and rhetoric, whether intentionally or not, can have a negative impact on the rights and freedoms of less powerful groups, notably women in the Global South. This panel discussion presents inter-disciplinary exchange, drawing on expertise from across the LSE in climate change, demography, migration, gender, and reproductive rights. Podcast available here.

Date: 06 March 2020
Time: 18:00 - 19:00 
Venue: Sheikh Zayed Theatre, New Academic Building

This event was hosted by the Global Health Initiative 

 

Conflict and Mental Health: Current and Future Challenges

This event brings together experts from academia, front line health practitioners and NGOs to showcase research related to mental health in conflict or post conflict settings. The panel event will be followed by drinks and a poster display, showcasing current research on mental health and conflict from across the School. Podcast available here

Date: 13 February 2020
Time: 17:30 - 19:30, followed by reception 
Venue: Shaw Library, Old Building

This event was hosted by the Global Health Initiative and the Care Policy and Evaluation Centre

 

2019

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Universal Health Coverage: The Student Edition 

UHC or Universal Health Coverage is an increasingly relevant topic, however often it can be hard to understand what we can do as students. This is a collaborative event between 4 organisations - Students for Global Health (SfGH), Tropical Health Education Trust (THET), Action for Global Health (AfGH) and the Global Health Initiative (GHI) at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE). Each organisation brings together their respective strengths to an evening of learning and engaging discussions.

Date: 09 December 2019
Time: 18:00 - 21:00
Venue: Wolfson Theatre, New Acadmeic Building

Organised by: Students for Global Health, Tropical Health Education Trust, Action for Global Health and the Global Health Initiative

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What Does Value for Money in the Aid Sector Mean? 

What does value for money mean and why is it so hard to measure? This talk will attempt to answer this thorny question by laying out some of the contextual factors that give rise to these challenges as well as sharing perspectives from applying theory in practice on global health programmes in sub-Saharan Africa.

Date: 02 December 2019
Time: 12:30 - 14:00
Venue: Cowdray House, Room 1.11

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Engaging in the Political Economy of Universal Health Coverage

This seminar presents a critical perspective of the political economy of UHC. Mr Robert Yates will review recent UHC transitions at different income levels and highlight the importance of genuine political commitment to overcome barriers and bring UHC to the people.  

Date: 6th November 2019
Time: 17:00 - 18:30
Venue: Centre Building, Yangtze Theatre

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Voices from the Global South 

This seminar presents a critical perspective of global health and the Zika outbreak. Dr Gustavo Matta challenges the "global" perspective and suggests we need to develop an engagement and understanding of health, democracy and scientific knowledge, embedded within the global south discourse. 

Date: 7th October 2019
Time: 17:00 - 18:30
Venue: Cowdray House, Room 1.11

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Incentivizing the Development of Novel Antibiotics:  New Paradigm Needed?

We are pleased to welcome Dr Michael Sinha from Harvard-MIT Center for Regulatory Science for this seminar on antibiotic development. This talk will review and critique existing US proposals in this area while proposing alternative solutions to address an arguably dysfunctional antibiotic marketplace.

Date: 5th September 2019
Time: 12:00 - 13:30
Venue: Graham Wallas Room (AGWR), Old Building 5th floor

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Information shocks and provider responsiveness: evidence from interventional cardiology

Professor Carol Propper examines physician responses to global information shocks and the impact on patient outcomes. She shows how patients treated by cardiologists who respond slowly to news shocks have fewer adverse outcomes.

Date: 25th June 2019
Time: 12:30 - 14:00
Venue: Graham Wallas Room, Old Building

Organised by: Department of Health Policy 

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Global Health: inequalities, interventions and biases

To ensure that people live long and healthy lives it is important to know what kills different groups of people in different places. The Global Burden of Disease (GBD) based on the Disability-Adjusted Life Year has been developed to do this. This lecture shows how this measure leads to various anomalies and biases, in particular it underestimates the health problems experienced by women and children.

Date: 18th June 2019
Time: 18:30 - 20:00
Venue: Old Theatre, Old Building 

Organised by: International Inequalities Institute 

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Department Seminar- A Caring Society - the crisis in plain sight?

In this seminar, Baroness Ros Altmann, CBE, who is a Visiting Professor in Practice in the Department of Social Policy, will be looking at how British policymakers deal with caring for aging family and loved ones.

Date: 30th May 2019
Time: 18:00 - 19:00
Venue: Wolfson Theatre, New Academic Building 

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Internal Seminar: Basic Instinct? Fertility and Genes

This paper uses data from UK Biobank, which contains detailed genetic information on 500,000 individuals born between 1934 and 1971, to study to what extent genetic endowment affects women’s fertility behaviour and the role of gene-environment interactions in shaping these processes.

Date: 22nd May 2019
Time: 13:00 - 14:00
Venue: KSW G.01

Organised by: Health Policy

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Navigating the global workforce crisis in healthcare

In his new book, Human: Solving the Global Workforce Crisis in Healthcare, Britnell, KPMG’s Global Chairman for Healthcare, confronts the all-important question: How will we provide adequate healthcare for 8.5 billion people by 2030?

Date: 8th May 2019
Time: 12:00 - 13:30
Venue: 32L.LG.04

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Department of Health Policy Launch Event 

This official launch event will explore some of the most pressing contemporary issues in health policy globally. The day’s agenda includes keynote addresses from two Nobel Prize winners, Sir Christopher Pissarides and Dr Denis Mugweke.

The conference will feature interactive panel discussions with LSE faculty and be chaired by leading experts. There will also be a round table discussion led by LSE Director Dame Minouche Shafik with a group of high-profile guests from government and international institutions.

You can see the full programme and register here.

Date: 30th April 2019
Time: 11:00 - 19:45
Venue: Old Theatre, Old Building

Organised by: Department of Health Policy 

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LSE Africa Summit 2019

This annual two-day conference engages policy makers, business leaders and researchers in discussion on solutions to Africa's most pressing issues. Click here for the full programme. 

Date: 30th - 31st March 2019
Time: 12:00 - 13:30

Organised by: LSE Africa Student Society and the LSE Firoz Lalji Centre for Africa 

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The drive for Universal Health Coverage: shifting healthcare priorities to non-communicable diseases and injuries?

This presentation reports expected impact on life expectancy, deaths averted, and inequality in life expectancy from scaling up recommended cost-effective and equitable actions for promotion, prevention and treatment of CMNNs, NCDs and injuries in low and lower-middle-income countries. Implications for national and global priorities will also be discussed. 

Date: 8th March 2019
Time: 12:00 - 13:30
Venue: Graham Wallas Room, Old Building

Organised by: Global Health Initiative

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Getting to Zero: A Doctor and a Diplomat on the Ebola Frontline 

In this blow-by-blow account, Sinead Walsh and Oliver Johnson expose the often shocking shortcomings of the humanitarian response to the outbreak, both locally and internationally, and call our attention to the immense courage of those who put their lives on the line every day to contain the disease. Theirs is the definitive account of the fight against an epidemic that shook the world.

Date: 28th February 2019
Time: 18:00 - 20:30
Venue: Vera Anstey Room, Old Building 

Organised by: Global Health Initiative and the Firoz Laliji Centre for Africa

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The Drugs Aren't Working! Confronting the Crisis of Superbugs

Growing resistance to antibiotics is one of the most significant current threats to global public health.The interdisciplinary panel sitting across International Development, Health Policy, Government and International Relations will each address the challenge of growing resistance to antibiotics, providing a solution from their disciplinary viewpoint with questions and comments submitted in the days leading up to the event fed into the discussion.

Date: 26th February 2019
Time: 18:00 - 19:00
Venue: Wolfson Theatre, New Academic Building 

Organised by: Global Health Initiative, part of the LSE New World (Dis)Orders series

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Quarantine

One hundred years after the influenza pandemic, a novelist, a science writer and a population health specialist discuss the social impact of pandemics through time, and how virus, quarantine and contagion continue to inspire our dystopian literary imaginations.

Date: 21st February 2019
Time: 18:30 - 20:00
Venue: The Shaw Library

Organised by: part of the LSE New World (Dis)Orders series

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Sleep Deprivation Among India's Urban Poor

Dr Heather Schofield looks at the effect of heavy exposure to factors such as noise, stress, and overcrowding which disrupt and limit sleep and the subsequent health consequences of sleep deprivation for the urban poor in India.  

Date: 12th February 2019
Time: 13:30 - 15:00
Venue: Graham Wallas Room, 5th Floor Old Building

Organised by: Global Health Initiative 

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Global health in an unequal world: The real Grand Challenges

In this seminar Ted Schrecker, Professor of Global Health Policy at Newcastle University’s Institute of Health and Society, will argue that the most important Grand Challenges in global health arise from increasing economic inequality and the public policies that reflect and reinforce it, and from the tension between legitimate aspirations of the majority of the world’s people and the biospheric implications of meeting them.  

Date: 22nd January 2019
Time: 17:30 - 19:00
Venue: Fawcett House (TW2), 9.05

Organised by: Global Health Initiative

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Pandemics, Pills and Politics: Governing Global Health Security

What happens – politically, economically, and socially - when governments try to protect their populations with pharmaceuticals? Do citizens around the world ultimately stand to gain or lose from this pharmaceuticalization of security policy?

In this seminar, Stefan Elbe will present his latest book Pandemics, Pills & Politics, in which he explores these questions through the story of the world's most prominent medical countermeasure – Tamiflu. 

Date: 17th January 2019
Time: 13:00 - 14:00
Venue: The Graham Wallas Room, 5th Floor Old Building

Organised by: The Global Health Initiative

 

2018


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Avoiding the Avoidable: comparative approaches to patient safety

This lecture will consider the latest international thinking on approaches to patient safety and the future challenges and opportunities this presents for health care leaders.

Date: 13th December 2018
Time: 18:30 - 20:00
Venue: Wolfson Theatre

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The Global Gag Rule and Women's Reproductive Health: rhetoric versus reality

Yana van der Meulen Rodgers, examines the effectiveness of the U.S. "global gag rule" which cuts off American aid to health care providers that provide or discuss abortion.

Date: 12 November 2018
Time: 18:30 - 20:00
Venue: LSE, Wolfson Theatre 

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PLASMA Workshop #2: Cartographies of Suffering and Mental Health in Latin America. A Century of the ‘Social Question’

An interdisciplinary space for reflection and collaboration between young researchers and and scholars with an interest in mental health in Latin America from a social science perspective.

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Women, Global Health and Social Justice: From silences to solutions

This event will feature three leading academics working at the intersections of gender, global health and social justice fields in the African Continent. 

Date: 27 June 2018

Organised by: Firoz Lalija Centre for Africa

Speakers: Nyaradzayi Gumbonzvanda, Dr Catherine Campbell & Dr Ernestina Coast

Chair: Dr Rochelle Burgess

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The “difficult question”: choosing to provide or not provide abortion in Zambia and its impact on the delivery of safe and equitable abortion services at primary and community health levels

Series: LSE Health Policy

Date: 30 May 2018

Time: 12:30-13:45

Organised by: LSE Health Policy Department

Speaker: Dr. Emily Freeman

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Ten Reasons we are wrong About the World- and why things are better than you think

Date: 11 April 2018

Organised by: Department of International Development and the Global Health Initiative

Speakers: Anna Rosling Rönnlund and Ola Rosling

Chair: Dr. Tiziana Leone

In their new book Factfulness, Professor of International Health Hans Rosling, together with his two long-time collaborators Anna Rosling Rönnlund and Ola Rosling, offer a radical new explanation of why this happens and reveal the ten instincts that distort our perspectives.

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Introduce or Not to Introduce?- Prioritization for New Vaccines in Uganda

Date: 21st March 2018

Organised by: Department of International Development & Global Health Initiative

Speaker: Professor Peter Waiswa

Professor Waiswa details the investigation into immunization in Uganda from a health policy perspective. Given the competing governmental costs, what vaccines merit prioritization and how might we calculate their value?

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Universal Health Coverage in the Global South: What is Needed to Make it Work?

Date: 22 February 2018

Organised by: LSE Festival: Beveridge 2.0

Speakers: Professor Kalipso Chalkidou, Professor Ken Shadlen, Dr. Daniel Wang

Chair: Dr. Justin Parkhurst

Although Universal health coverage is a pillar of the modern welfare state, the successful design and implementation of arrangements to deliver on this promise faces enormous challenges.

This panel, with perspectives from health policy, law, and political science, examines these challenges and reflects on national experiences in developing countries.

 

2017

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LSE Global Health Initiative Launch

Date: 24 October 2017

Organised by: Global Health Intiative

Speakers: Professor Elias Mossialos, Professor Catherine Campbell, Professor Tim Allen

Chair: Professor Julia Black

 The Global Health Initiative is a cross-departmental research platform set up to increase the coherence and visibility of Global Health research activity across the School, both internally and externally. It provides support for interdisciplinary engagement and showcases LSE’s ability to apply rigorous social science research to emerging global health challenges.