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Welcome to our newsletter for the Global Health Governance Programme. Our Programme researches how global institutions, finance and rules can better serve the needs of people across the world. We are based in the Centre for Global Health Research within the Usher Institute in the University of Edinburgh Medical School.

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Call for participation! Deadline October 22nd!


Disrupting Global Health Narratives:  

Alternative Perspectives on the World Bank’s Influence on

Global Health

21-23 January 2019

Brocher Foundation Centre

Hermance, Switzerland

The University of Edinburgh's Global Health Governance Programme invites applications from researchers from non-OECD countries and residing in Geneva to attend its 2019 Symposium, ‘Disrupting Global Health Narratives,’ at the Brocher Foundation Centre. We especially encourage early career scholars to apply. The Symposium draws on our Economic Gaze project (PI Devi Sridhar), which explores the emergence of the World Bank’s global health framework. It will bring together world experts in anthropology, history, health policy, and political science to consider current understandings (‘narratives’) of the World Bank’s investment in health since the 1960s. The goal of the Symposium is to identify ways in which ‘alternative narratives’ – narratives with a more inclusive perspective – can be used to study international health organizations like the World Bank.   

The Symposium will take place over three days, and will include panels on the Bank’s collaborations with other international organizations; influence on the privatization and financialization of health; and role in creating and disseminating health metrics. Panels and discussions will focus on identifying themes that have been under-emphasized in research on the Bank and global health, particularly from the perspective of the Global South. Discussions will also consider the adequacy of traditional sources – archival sources, qualitative and oral history interviews, financial data, and ethnographies – in chronicling the Bank’s health influence.  

 For more information about the Global Health Governance Programme, please visit our website and take a look at our series on the World Bank and global health in the BMJ and Wellcome Open Research. The provisional workshop program will be available on our website.

To apply, you must be a researcher based in Geneva, specializing in anthropology, sociology, history, political science, and/or a public health discipline. You should have a demonstrated interest in the governance of health organizations and global health policy. The Symposium is free of charge, and catering – but not lodging or travel costs – will be included. You must be able to attend all three days.

To apply, please email with your CV and a 250-word statement on (1) your particular interest in global health policy and (2) your goals for participating in the Symposium.

We only have a few places available in the workshop. For full consideration, please submit your application by 22 October 2018.

RESPIRE Fellowships Call

We would like to announce the much anticipated RESPIRE Fellowships call. We welcome applications that link-in to one of the Programmes or Platforms and address one or more of the RESPIRE priorities. Please note that the initial submission deadline is Monday 22 October

Fellowship Application Guidance

RESPIRE Fellowships are primarily intended to develop research capacity in RESPIRE Partner counties. The Fellowships will support individuals with the potential and on a trajectory to become future leaders in related research. They are intended to support people at various points of their development to become leading researchers, from initial pre-doctoral training to senior post-doctoral research.


For further details please email Dr Dominique Balharry


New blog by Srikanth Kondreddy

ACHIEVING Global Health Security and Universal Health Coverage

"Very few research centres study Universal Health Coverage (UHC) and Global Health Security (GHS) at the same time. I share my reflections on the Achieving Global Health Security workshop held in Edinburgh in May this year, jointly organised by the Global Health Governance Programme at the University of Edinburgh and the Centre for Global Health Science and Security at Georgetown University..."

New blog by Connor Rochford
Global health governance - to support the new or to strengthen the old?
Inspiring People Conference

Devi Sridhar spoke at the third Edinburgh Clinical Medical Schools Athena Swan conference, ‘Inspiring People’. Her talk entitled "Ducks on a pond: supporting atypical careers" was very well received. More details on the day and other speakers here:- 

The Mason Institute

The Mason Institute organises Lunchtime Seminars every month, with various speakers from the UK and around the world. Several of these might be of interest to you as researchers in global health. They also organise two Annual Lectures. Date for your diary April 9th 2019, when Prof. Bartha Knoppers will be giving their Ken Mason Annual Lecture. For more information please contact

Professor Devi Sridhar selected
as a STEM role model

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