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

CONTAINING CONTAGION - THE POLITICS OF DISEASE OUTBREAKS IN SOUTH-EAST ASIA

The fields of global health and international relations are increasingly concerned with the responsibilities of nations to respond to disease outbreaks in a way that safeguards their neighbors as well as the broader international community. In Containing Contagion, Sara E. Davies focuses on one of the world's most pivotal (and riskiest) regions in the field of global health—Southeast Asia, which in recent years has responded to a wave of emerging and endemic infectious disease outbreaks ranging from Nipah, SARS, and avian flu to dengue and Japanese encephalitis.

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WHY IT MUST BE A FEMINIST GLOBAL AGENDA

According to the paper recently published in a special edition of The Lancet, feminist leadership is about much more than addressing gender quotas. Gender quotes do not go far enough when it comes to tackling Global Health inequalities. It includes both formal and informal cultural change, which is needed within institutions across global health governance.

The study highlights that gender bias is prevalent when it comes to global health since women predominantly occupy unpaid roles as caregivers and health workers.

Associate Professor Sara Davies has co-authored the article Sophie Harman, Rashida Manjoo, Maria Tanyag and Clare Wenham.

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STATE OF THE NEIGHBOURHOOD

Sara Davies contributed to the Griffith Asia Institute's 2018 publication State of the neighbourhood.  Writing on Why Health Diplomacy in the Asia Pacific Matters, Sara contributed to the publication offering fresh perspectives on the key issues affecting Australia and it's "neighbourhood".

Griffith Asia Institute's objective in publishing this collection is to share research insights, and encourage informed community debate on Australia's engagement in the Asia Pacific.

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VISITING RESEARCH FELLOW ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR SOPHIE HARMAN

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.

Consultancy

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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