Analysing the state of global health governance and its application in crisis

Our research focuses on the challenges, initiatives and agency that have evolved to confront health issues threatening individual security, state stability, and exacerbate global inequalities. From the evolution of health diplomacy to the presumptive efficacy of health security, this program seeks to build evidence-based research evaluating the effective intersection of health with global governance.

Projects include:

  • 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.

Research partners include:

  • Gender Peace and Security Initiative, Monash University
  • Australian Centre for Health Law Research, QUT
  • Providing for Peacekeeping, International Peace Institute, New York

Program Leader: Associate Professor Sara Davies


CGPP was delighted to host Queen Mary University of London Researcher, Dr Sophie Harman, as a Griffith Visiting Research Fellow in June 2018.  Dr Harman presented a Masterclass on Visual Method in Research and debuted her feature film, Pili .  The film is a fictional retelling of Tanzanian women's experience with HIV/AIDS, gender, and poverty.

Dr Harman is visiting with CGPP Associate Professor Dr Sara Davies, to conduct research on different forms of advocacy campaigns for sexual and reproductive rights at different levels of governance (national and international).

Research highlight

Associate Professor Sara Davies with colleague Associate Professor Simon Rushton (Sheffield University, UK) are writing a volume on the health impacts of peacekeeping missions (Routledge International Insights Series). The volume’s core argument is that the issues raised around peacekeeping and health are not merely technical or occupy a neutral humanitarian space - they are intensely political. Expanding on their report published by International Peace Institute (New York), the issues examined in their book will explore the range of moral, ethical and strategic issues around the proper role and mandate of missions that provide health care to troops and civilians.


The Global Health Governance project has researchers who have worked in research and consultancy projects with the government sector, international organisations, and civil society. If you would like to enquire about an existing or potential future project please email Associate Professor Sara Davies.

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