Antoine de Bengy Puyvallée new doctoral research fellow at SUM

We are happy to announce that Antoine de Bengy Puyvallée has a new position as doctoral research fellow at SUM. He will be working on global health and the politics of epidemic preparedness.

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Antoine de Bengy Puyvallée will in his PhD project look at Emergency Medical Teams in Norway and in the UK. Photo: Lise Bjerke/SUM, UiO

Antoine de Bengy Puyvallée has a background in the field of global governance. He holds a master's degree in International Politics and European Affairs from Sciences Po (Lille, France), and a master's degree in Culture, Environment and Sustainability from SUM, UiO.

His main research interest is global health, and he is part of coordinating SUM's research group Power and Politics of Global Health, as well as the Independent Panel on Global Governance for Health.

I am especially interested in the politics of epidemic preparedness. For instance, how do we respond to and protect ourselves from dangerous diseases such as Ebola? I study how security concerns related to protecting ourselves are mixed with development and humanitarian ideals of helping suffering people, and what is the result of this on the ground, he says.

In his master's thesis from SUM, he explored the Norwegian response to the the Ebola epidemic of 2014-2015, focusing on two projects conducted by the Norwegian government: a field hospital in Sierra Leone and a vaccination trial in Guinea. 

Research on teams fighting epidemic outbreaks

His PhD project will look at Emergency Medical Teams in Norway and in the UK. These teams are composed of trained health professionals, humanitarian staff and logisticians ready to be sent anywhere in the world, at anytime, to fight an epidemic outbreak.

I would like to study how people who usually have little to do with each other work together in these teams and are trained to deal with very dangerous situations. Who decides to send them? Under what conditions? How does the public sector cooperate with commercial companies and NGOs to develop these teams? he asks.

His PhD supervisor will be Associate Professor at SUM Katerini Storeng.

Prize winning candidate

In 2017, Antoine was awarded the Ording prize for an article based on his MA thesis, about Norway's role during the Ebola outbreak in West Africa. He looks forward to continuing his academic career at SUM.

I love multitasking and working on different projects at the same time – so I look forward to working in a creative environment, with talented, inspiring and very engaged colleagues!


#GlobalHealthPolitics research group

The Power and politics in global health research group at SUM brings together perspectives from anthropology, political science and development studies to examine the political dynamics and power structures that shape global health policy and practice.

Read more about it here.

By Kjersti Litleskare, Lise Bjerke
Published Sep. 13, 2019 2:37 PM - Last modified Sep. 13, 2019 2:37 PM