“Global health, international relations and gender: How to govern global challenges?”

The workshop took place on 22 September 2014 at the Institute for Political Science in Heidelberg, Germany. It was broadly advertised on Facebook (BISA Global Health Working Group page) and Twitter (@healthandIR) with continuous tweets on all activities and contributions throughout the day.

Two speakers gave their presentations via Skype, which allowed the attendees to also enjoy input from across the Atlantic. The two morning sessions addressed (I) gender and global health interfaces; and (II) Gender and health: International Political Economy and national policies. The afternoon session opened up to (III) Feminism, discourses and global health; and (IV) a discussion of next steps.

The speakers and the general audience engaged in the workshop with great enthusiasm and all expressed their interest in staying in touch and exploring possibilities for future collaboration on the issues raised over the course of the day. Overall, three clusters of research interest can be extracted from this BISA workshop:

  • Challenges in overcoming misconceptions when addressing gender and health (e.g.: global gender justice in respect to sex selection; or men who have sex with women in policy documents about the global health threat of HIV/AIDS)
  • Concurrent levels of analysis (local/global) for gender issues in global health (e.g.: in regard to the impact of austerity measures on women’s health or the access to quality health services)
  • Contexts and/or stakeholders of global health policy formulation (e.g.: securitization of conflict states; authoritarian regimes; ambiguous role of civil society actors; transnational movements)

At the end of the workshop, a number of possible next steps were discussed:

-          Use the tightened network of gender and health researchers and practitioners; see list attached.

-          Possible special journal issue (for further details and/or ideas, please contact Dr. Sophie Harman: s.harman@qmul.ac.uk)

-          A “Part II” Workshop based in the UK with more gender experts and the added value for global health policy formulation and post-2015 goals

-          Potential collaborative work on an edited book. For more details about a publication examining the health-gender-security nexus, please contact Prof. Colleen O’Manique: comanique@trentu.ca

Please see the Participant List.

A BISA Workshop funded by

BISA Global Health Working Group

 BISA Gendering International Relations Working Group

 and with support of evaplan GmbH am Universitätsklinikum Heidelberg, Germany



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Workshop: Writing Global Health and International Relations

Barts Pathology Museum, Queen Mary’s University, London

Thursday 16th January 2014

The aim of this workshop is to provide guidance to postgraduate students working in global health and international politics on how to get published.  As a multi-disciplinary field, it is important to know the process of publication for both social science and medical/scientific journals, so as to be able to disseminate research accordingly. This workshop will not only run students through the process of writing and submitting an article, but also will offer an opportunity for selected students to discuss their papers and seek solutions to improve their work to make it more suited to academic publishing.

Sessions will include:

  • How to publish an article in Global Health
  • Plain Writing (Writing for a non-academic audience)
  • Panel discussion of student papers

 Call For Papers: Have you got a paper you are hoping to publish? We invite paper proposals on any topics related to global health to feature on the afternoon panels. These will be discussed in an informal setting with other postgraduate students and a senior academic offering advice and guidance on how to improve them for publication. Papers can have a theoretical or empirical focus. We are open to interdisciplinary, international, comparative, and cultural perspectives. This is a rare opportunity to have your paper reviewed and commented by established figures in global health academia.

Please submit abstracts of 300 words to Clare Wenham clw18@aber.ac.uk by 1st December 2013.

Registration: To register to attend this workshop, please register here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/event/8529169977

Some travel bursaries are available for postgraduate students to cover reasonable travel costs, please contact for further information.


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BISA sponsored conference – ‘Pharmaceuticals and Global Health: Inequalities and Innovation in the 21st Century’

Pharmaceuticals and Global Health: Inequalities and Innovation in the 21st Century

Conference Centre, University of Sussex

19 July 2013

This conference was co-organised by the University of Sussex Centre for Global Health Policy, the Wellcome Trust- Brighton and Sussex Centre for Global Health Research, and the Global Health Working Group of the British International Studies Association, with additional support from Brighton and Sussex Medical School, the European Research Council and the University of Sussex Research Themes.

On Friday 19th July 2013 more than 150 experts from the fields of policy, research, the pharmaceutical industry, foundations, government, journalism, and non-governmental organisations gathered at the University of Sussex for its 3rd Annual Global Health Conference focused this year on ‘Pharmaceuticals and Global Health: Inequalities and Innovation in the 21st Century’.

Following a keynote and plenary panel on ‘Successes, Challenges and Outlook’ for pharmaceuticals and global health, participants divided into smaller panel groups to debate specific topics. Guiding questions of the day included:

  • What are the key successes of this pharmaceutical model of global health in ameliorating global health inequalities over the past decade?
  • What challenges have emerged about the efficacy and sustainably of rolling out medical treatments in low income countries?
  • What are the impacts of these global health initiatives on local communities?
  • And what are the new business models that could deliver innovative medicines for global health in the future?

To read about the background, context and discussion, please see our Conference report

Other conference resources include:



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Beyond the Eurozone Crisis: Europe and the New Realities for Global Health

Thursday 27 September 2012; 13.30 – 17.45

Europe House, Smith Square, London, SW1P 3EU

This afternoon discussion forum is designed to bring together stakeholders involved in UK, European and global policies for global health, to take stock of the policy landscape and to identify new priorities and approaches.  Challenges that will be addressed include:

  • reaffirming the importance of global health at a time of financial stringency
  • reviewing systematic governance mechanisms to ensure consistent action at all levels
  • finding innovative new funding solutions in the interests of global health and the EU’s knowledge economy
  • ensuring that the poorest people in the EU and in the world do not suffer disproportionately from cuts to health and aid budgets
  • looking at how EU actions for global health benefit from the advantages of political and practical coordination.

Confirmed speakers include representatives from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation; global experts from the UK Department of Heath; Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB and Malaria; European Federation of Pharmaceutical Industries and Associations

Organised by: Global Health Europe and the Global Health Working Group of the British International Studies Association (BISA)

Beyond The Eurozone Crisis – Programme 

Beyond The Eurozone Crisis – Report

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Discourses of Global Health Conference – 11th and 12th July

The BISA Global Health Postgraduate Network and Centre for Health and International Relations, Aberystwyth University wish to extend an invite for the upcoming “Discourses of Global Health” conference that will take place on 11th and 12th July 2012 in Aberystwyth University.

This is a postgraduate conference, to enable students to present their ideas and receive feedback from a friendly audience. We aim to bring together postgraduates from a broad range of disciplines to contemplate and discuss the current issues and theoretical debates in global health. As a relatively new and multidisciplinary academic field, we hope that the conference will reflect a wide variety of approaches and perspectives.

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‘Competing Visions of Global Health Governance’ 11 May 2012

The Chatham House Centre on Global Health Security, in collaboration with the Centre for Health and International Relations (CHAIR), Department of International Politics, Aberystwyth University, and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, with the support of the BISA Global Health working group, organised ‘Competing Visions of Global Health Governance’, which was hosted at Chatham House in London on 11 May 2012.

The meeting presented the findings of a 4-year project which takes an innovative approach to the study of global health governance, viewing the ways in which competing ideas about health impact upon policy making. Four pressing contemporary global health issues were examined: HIV/AIDS, access to medicines, tobacco control, and pandemic influenza.

Report: Competing Visions of Global Health Governance – meeting summary

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BISA Global Health Workshop in London 7th December 2011

City University is hosting BISA Global Health’s forthcoming workshop. The event brings respected academics together to present research on global health and political economy. Please visit our activities page for times and to download a flyer for the event. All welcome!

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Call for papers: The Politics of Resilience and Recovery in Mental Health Care

The journal Studies in Social Justice is hosting a Special Issue on ‘The Politics of Resilience and Recovery in Mental Health Care’. Please send an abstract of 500 words by no later than July 22, 2011 to Alison Howell and Jijian Voronka, special issue guest editors. Download further details here.

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BISA Global Health Workshop Sussex University 29 June 2011

British International Studies Global Health Working Group in collaboration with the Department of International Relations, University of Sussex is pleased to announce the inaugural BISA Global Health Workshop, Sussex University, 29 June 2011:

Global Health in Crisis: resurgence, neglect or opportunity?

We are delighted to confirm that the Key Note Speaker will be Peter Piot, Director & Professor of Global Health, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, former Executive Director of UNAIDS.

Please see our Activities page for further information about panels and programme

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REMINDER: Deadline 15 April 2011 – Call for abstracts, British-German BISA-DVPW Conference, St Andrews, 19-21 December 2011

Please see below a note from Alexia Duten.

Dear Colleagues,

The deadline for submitting an abstract to the BISA GHG working group is 15 April 2011. Joint British and German panels are particularly welcome, this is why we’re inviting all researchers interested in global health and international relations to consider submitting a paper. The conference is due to start early evening on Monday, 19 December 2011 with a plenary lecture. Panel sessions will take place during Tuesday and Wednesday morning, with the conference ending at lunchtime on 21 December.

Abstracts to be submitted to alexia.duten@uni-muenster.de by 15 April 2011.

Panel proposals will be submitted by the GHG working group before 1 May 2011. Notification about acceptance of papers/panels will be sent out by 1 June 2011

Thank you to those among you who have already showed interest in the call.


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