Program Leader: Associate Professor Sara Davies
Research projects under the Global Health Governance research program focus on the challenges, initiatives, and agency that have evolved to confront health issues that threaten individual security, effect state stability, and exacerbate global inequalities. From the evolution of health diplomacy to the presumptive efficacy of health security, this program seeks to build an evidence-based research that evaluates the effective intersection of health with global governance.
- Preparedness and risk communication - infectious disease outbreak response;
- Health care as a peacekeeping measure - health care delivery in humanitarian emergencies, with a particular focus on peacekeeping operations;
- Health and Human Rights - international human rights law and health care delivery with a particular focus on gendered inequalities of health care and global health governance;
- Global Health Diplomacy – tracing the diplomatic and security affect on global health initiatives.
The program examines a range of actors and regions where global health issues continue to pose challenges to equitable economic and political transformation that is equitable.
Research partnerships with the program include:
- Gender Peace and Security Initiative, Monash University
- Asia Pacific Centre for Responsibility to Protect, UQ
- Australian Centre for Health Law Research, QUT
- Providing for Peacekeeping, International Peace Institute, New York
Associate Professor Sara Davies, with colleague Professor Belinda Bennett (QUT) have been researching the influence and role of gender on the provision of health care in health emergencies. Their recent article, "A Gendered Human Rights Analysis of Ebola and Zika: Locating Gender in Global Health Emergencies" in the journal International Affairs, examines the national and international responses to those outbreaks and offers insights into managing future health emergencies differently.
- Responses to the Zika and Ebola outbreaks as a catalyst for the research (MP4 615.5 MB).
- The importance and contribution of this research to health policy and practice (MP4 1.05 GB).
- Third World Quarterly, Volume 37, Issue 3, 2016, Special Issue: The international politics of Ebola
Public health emergencies: a new peacekeeping mission? Insights from UNMIL’s role in the Liberia Ebola outbreak
- Review of Publication - Disease Diplomacy: The Lancet, Volume 386, No. 10009, p2134–2135, 28 November 2015, The Politics of Global Health Security
- Blog on Zika: Australian Institute of International Affairs - Public Health Emergency of International Concern: The Zika Case, 4 February 2016
- International Peace Institute: Healing or Harming? United Nations Peacekeeping and Health Panel Discussion, 12 November 2015.
The Global Health Governance project has researchers who have worked in research and consultancy projects with the government sector, international organizations, and civil society. If you would like to enquire about an existing or potential future project please email Associate Professor Sara Davies here.
Higher Degree Research Enquiries
Currently there are opportunities for students seeking to complete a research higher degree to become involved with Global Health Governance projects. To find out about supervision options email: Sara Davies or further information is available from http://www.griffith.edu.au/higher-degrees-research, or by contacting the School of Government and International Relation's Acting HDR Convenor, Associate Professor Michael Heazle.