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Power and Politics of Global Health

This research group conducts critical social science research on the social, cultural and political factors shaping people’s health, health systems, health policy and governance.

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The group’s research has a strong social science focus rooted in medical anthropology, development studies, social psychology, and political science, but also engages with public health research and practice. Current research projects examine the role of international NGOs in policy transfer between ‘global’ and ‘local’ levels, global civil society networks' role within global health governance, and the processes of global health policy change. Doctoral and masters students in the group are also currently researching the transfer and local implementation of international NGO interventions focused on adolescent health in Malawi and globally, discourses related to the SDGs, the changing nature of food and public health governance, the social life of medicines to control reproduction in Burkina Faso, maternal health interventions targeted at marginalized women in Nicaragua, and Norwegian policy responses to the Ebola epidemic.


The group has strong links with the University of Oslo's Academy of Global GovernanceCentre for Global Health and the Oslo Group om Health Policy. The group's PhD candidates are registered at and co-supervised by the Universty of Oslo's Institute of Health and Society (Professor Johanne Sundby). 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.

Academic programmes and courses

In addition to PhD training, this research group offers a 10-credit elective course SUM4023 - The Political Economy of Global Health, as part of the Centre for Development and Environment’s Masters degree in Development, Environment and Cultural Change.


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

Tags: India, Global South, Malawi, Burkina Faso
Published May 10, 2016 11:01 AM - Last modified Aug. 11, 2017 2:09 PM