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.
- 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: Professor Sara Davies
COVID-19 MEDIA AND COMMENTARY
The COVID-19 pandemic is affecting all of our families, businesses, communities, and our Australian way of life. During this challenging time, Professor Sara Davies has contributed to research, media and commentary. Here are some of her contributions:
- Sara Davies (with Julia Smith and Clare Wenham) | Podcast: The Gender Card in Covid Response | 24 August 2020.
- Sara Davies | The Gender Card Podcast | Covid-19 Response | 12 August 2020.
- Sara Davies | News | Covid-19 Affects Health of Men More Severely, but its impact on Women is Vast and Understudied | 4 August 2020.
- Phyu Phyu Oo & Sara Davies | Griffith Asia Insights Blog | The impact of COVID-19 on women’s sexual and reproductive health and rights in Myanmar | 24 July 2020.
- Sara Davies | IntellAsia | The Risk-free upsides for China in the WHo's Coronavrius Origin Quest | 13 July 2020.
- Sara Davies | South China Morning Post | The risk-free upsides for China in the WHO’s coronavirus origin quest | 11 July 2020.
- Sara Davies | South China Morning Post | WHO Team Heading to China as Politics Weigh on Search for Covid-19 Origin | 8 July 2020.
- Sara Davies (with G. Azcona, A. Bhatt, S. Harman, J. Smith and C. Wenham) | Spotlight on gender, Covid-19 and the SDGs: Will the pandemic derail hard-won progress on gender equality? | 8 July 2020.
- Sara Davies & Huiyun Feng (with C. Wenham, J. Smith, S. Harman, KA Grepin A. Herten-Crabb, R. Morgan) | Nature | Women are most affected by Pandemics - lessons from past outbreaks | 8 July 2020.
- Sara Davies | RSSI Webinar Singapore | Covid-19 and its impacts on the women of South East Asia | 15 June 2020
- Sara Davies (with Hamsini Hariharan) | Podcast: States of Anarchy - Governing a Pandemic | 9 June 2020.
- Sara Davies (with Jacqui True) | World Politics Review | The Importance of Gender Inclusion in Covid-19 Responses | 5 June 2020.
- Sara Davies (with Jacqui True and Sharman Stone) | The Interpreter | Mapping the cost of the Pandemic to Women in the Indo-Pacific | 3 June 2020.
- Sara Davies | Astro Awani (Malaysian TV) | ASEAN: Part 1 - National Borders, Regional Cooperation | 1 June 2020.
- Sara Davies | Astro Awani (Malaysian TV) | ASEAN: Part 2 - Malaysia's Response in Regional Context | 1 June 2020.
- Sara Davies | Astro Awani (Malaysian TV) | ASEAN: Part 3 - Vaccines and Disease Diplomacy | 1 June 2020.
- Sara Davies | ABC World Today | World Leaders Scrutinise COVID-19 Response | 19 May 2020.
- Sara Davies (with Adam Kamradt-Scott | Contain This Podcast | Disease Diplomacy | 18 May 2020.
- Sara Davies (moderator) | Online Panel Disccussion - COVID-19: Australian Government's Macroeconomic Response | 17 May 2020.
- Sara Davies | South China Morning Post | Death toll passes 300,000 US-China discord hampers search Covid-19's origin | 16 April 2020.
- Sara Davies | South China Morning Post | Why COVID success has nothing to do with diplomacy | 8 May 2020.
- Sara Davies | The Interpreter | Governments, not the pandemic, stop access to reproductive health | 1 May 2020.
- Sara Davies | South China Morning Post (also published in Line Today)| Piecemeal Lifting of Coronavirus Restrictions Likely, says experts | 27 April 2020.
- Sara Davies | ABC Late Night Live - WHO under pressure over Covid-19 | 20 April 2020.
- Sara Davies (with Sophie Harman, Jacqui True and Clare Wenham) | The Interpreter | Why Gender Matters In The Impact And Recovery From Covid-19 | 20 March 2020.
- Sara Davies | South China Morning Post | Coronavirus: Donald Trump's threat to cut WHO funds 'put American interests at Risk' | 16 April 2020.
- Sara Davies | ABC News | What happens if the US stops funding WHO in the middle of the coronavirus pandemic? | 16 April 2020.
- Sara Davies | Podcast - New Book Network - Containing Contagion | 15 April 2020.
- Sara Davies | The Guardian | The WHO versus Coronavirus: Why it can't handle the pandemic | 10 April 2020.
- Sara Davies | Podcast - The Gender Card in Coronavirus with Sara Davies | 3 April 2020.
- Sara Davies | Interview with Sophie Harmon - Queen Mary University of London | Global Health Security and Pandemic: COVID-19 and Gender Equality | 2 April 2020.
- Sara Davies | AIIA National Conference October 2019 | International Politics of Disease Outbreak presentation (relevent to COVID-19 outbreak) | 31 March 2020.
- Sara Davies (with Asha Herten-Crabb | The Lancet | Why WHO needs a feminist economic agenda | 28 March 2020.
- Huiyun Feng and Sara Davies | Grant Success: Canadian Institutes for Health Research - Gendered Impacts of Covid-19 (China Case) | 19 March 2020.
- Sara Davies (with Katherine Mansted, Sarah Logan, Susan Harris Rimmer , Claire Higgins and Denielle Chubb) | The Centre of Gravity Series | Fresh Perspectives in Security | 19 March 2020.
- Sara Davies | East Asia Forum | Managing Asia's Coronavirus Response | 16 February 2020.
- Sara Davies | Australian Financial Review | Lessons for the Region from Virus Response | 16 February 2020.
- Sara Davies | Griffith Asia Insights | The Coronavirus and Trust in the Process of International Co-operation: A System Under Pressure | 11 February 2020.
- Sara Davies | Ethics and International Affairs | The Coronavirus and Trust. in the Process of International Cooperation: A System Under Pressure | February 2020.
WOMEN ARE MOST AFFECTED BY PANDEMICS
The global impact of COVID-19 on women’s wellbeing has been highlighted in a new UN Women report co-authored by Professor Sara Davies. Women’s access to education and health services has already been compromised by the pandemic, according to the report Spotlight on Gender, COVID-19 and the SDGs: Will the pandemic derail hard-won progress on gender equality? COVID-19 does not discriminate, but it’s spreading through societies that do.
This report showcases the latest evidence on the gendered impact of the pandemic, highlights potential and emerging trends, and reflects on the long-term impact of the crisis on the achievement of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
Follow the link below to the full report and the journal article discussing findings in Nature.
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.
Professor Sara Davies published this book in 2019. It has such high relevance during this time of Covid-19. She has recently spoken with Nick Chessman from the Australian National University for the New Books Network. Listen to their interview about the book and current issues around Covid-19 here.
HAS INTERNATIONAL LAW PREPARED US FOR THE NEXT PANDEMIC?
Associate Professor Sara Davies recently participated as a panellist at the invitation-only Women in Global Health Breakfast hosted by the Governments of Australia and Finland, and held at University of Sydney. The panel of experts in public health law and global health security examined whether the International Health Regulations are meeting their goal of protecting public health, international trade, and human rights, and whether the obligations in the IHR are sufficiently robust to respond to ever more complex health emergencies. Associate Professor Davies also participated as a panelist and moderator at the Global Health Security 2019 Conference and on 19 June, Dr Davies presented Bringing Gender Analysis to Infectious Disease Response to the Conference.
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.
Professor Sara Davies has co-authored the article Sophie Harman, Rashida Manjoo, Maria Tanyag and Clare Wenham.
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.
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).
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 Professor Sara Davies.