Global Health Politics
This research group brings together anthropologists, historians and international relations scholars interested in the political dynamics and power structures that shape health policy and practice at global, national and local levels.
The group is supported by a Research Council of Norway grant (2020-2024) that aims to promote scientific development and renewal among research groups that received high marks in the Evaluation of the Social Sciences in Norway (SAMEVAL). The group is also supported the Institute of Health and Society's RELIGHT (Research Excellence and Innovation in Global Health) programme.
About the group
The group aims to advance a critical social science research agenda on global health, through research projects focused on
- The transfer of health policies and evidence between global and local levels
- Civil society’s and other non-state actors' roles within global health governance
- Epidemic preparedness and response
- Digital responses to global health challenges, including the use of mobile technologies and data in pandemics
- Universal Health Coverage
- The political and social determinants of health
The research group meets fortnightly, in a forum where members can receive feedback on writing in progress, and can discuss published literature relevant to members' interests.
The group also hosts the Independent Panel on Global Governance for Health and convenes the Global Health Unpacked seminar series in collaboration with the University of Oslo's Centre for Global Health.
The group collaborates with the project group of the ERC-funded Universal Health Coverage and the Public Good in Africa project.
Academic programmes and courses
- SUM4200 - Key issues in Development and Environment
- SUM4023 - The Political Economy of Global Health
- SUM4503 – Preventing Pandemics: Security, Development and Global Governance Challenges
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.