Session 6: Political determinants of health inequalities in global governance: conceptual exploration

The session will be chaired by Sakiko Fukuda-Parr.


Suerie Moon

"What research is needed to make global governance work better for health?"

Suerie Moon, MPA, PhD is Director of Research at the Global Health Centre, Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva. Her research focuses on global governance and health, with emphasis on innovation and access to medicines; trade, investment and intellectual property rules; outbreak preparedness and response; development assistance for health; and the intersection of private interests and public health. She teaches and advises students at the Graduate Institute and Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.  

Prior to joining the Graduate Institute, she was the co-founder of Harvard’s Forum on Global Governance for Health, which became a focal point at the university for research, debate and strategic convening on issues at the intersection of global governance and health. Her work has appeared in a number of highly-ranked academic journals and mainstream media; she serves on a number of boards and expert advisory committees; and speaks regularly at public events, to the media and at legislative hearings; and consults for a number of non-governmental organizations, think tanks, and intergovernmental organizations.

She received a BA in History from Yale University, an MPA from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University, and a PhD from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government.


Alexander E. Kentikelenis

"Power asymmetries and global governance for health"

Alexander Kentikelenis is assistant professor of political economy and sociology at Bocconi University in Milan. He has published extensively on global governance issues, and on the social and health consequences of economic policy reforms and austerity. His research has appeared in leading academic journals, including The Lancet, the American Sociological Review, the American Journal of Sociology, World Development, and The Lancet Global Health.

Before joining Bocconi, Alexander held appointments at Oxford, Harvard and Cambridge universities.


Sidsel Roalkvam

"Policy Intentions & Social Effects"

Professor Sidsel Roalkvam is Director at the Centre for Development and the Environment, University of Oslo, and Academic Adviser to The Independent Panel on Global Governance for Health. Her research interests spans from Global Health, Maternal and Child Health and HIV and AIDS, to Crisis, Community Capacity, Religion and illness, and Gender.

As Academic Director of the Livelihoods interdisciplinary program (LEVE), she developed the idea of a Lancet-University of Oslo Commission on the Global Governance for Health. Once the project successfully established, she led the research group that provided the commission with case studies for deliberation and contributed to the development of the Commission report (2014). She was also project director of the interdisciplinary project SUM-Medic: Explaining Differential Immunization Coverage a Multi-Disciplinary Approach.

Ted Schrecker

"Global health justice in an unequal world: The real Grand Challenges"

Ted Schrecker is a Canadian political scientist who moved to the United Kingdom in 2013. His primary research interest is in the effects of globalisation on the potential for reducing health inequity. He also has an ongoing interest in issues at the interface of science, ethics, law and politics. His work has been published in journals including Health and Place, Social Science & Medicine, Health Policy and Planning, Critical Public Health and Global Public Health.

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