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Power and Politics in Global Health

This research group conducts critical social science research on global health. It brings together perspectives from anthropology, political science and development studies to examine power structures that shape global health policy and practice.

Plenary room of the WHO

WHO, Illustration Photo: Katerini Storeng


Members of the group have provided social science input to recent initiatives like the Lancet University of Oslo Commission on the Political Determinants of Health and to large-scale international research collaborations with international partners in the UK, France, Burkina Faso, India and Malawi.

Current research projects examine:

  • The transfer of policies between ‘global’ and ‘local’ levels,
  • International NGOs' role within global health governance
  • The processes of global health policy change and governance
  • Epidemic preparedness and response
  • Maternal and reproductive health policy and interventions in Africa and Latin America

Academic programmes and courses

The group incorporates doctoral students, contributes to SUM's Research School and teaches a masters module on SUM4200 - Key issues in Development and Environment and an elective course SUM4023 - The Political Economy of Global Health



The Research Group convenes a Network for Social Science in Norwegian Global Health Research open to anyone interested in how social science perspectives can advance Norwegian global health research and policy.

Tags: Global Health, Policies, Governance, NGO, Maternal health care, Epidemic, Preparedness, Interdisciplinarity, Social Sciences
Published May 10, 2016 11:01 AM - Last modified Apr. 16, 2018 1:29 PM