Call for Participation: Global Health Governance Programme Symposium 2019

Call for Participation: Global Health Governance Programme Symposium 2019

Deadline: October 15, 2017

The University of Edinburgh’s Global Health Governance Programme invites applications from early career researchers to attend its 2019 Symposium, ‘Disrupting Global Health Narratives,’ at the Brocher Foundation Centre. The Symposium draws on the Economic Gaze project (PI Devi Sridhar), which explores the emergence of the World Bank’s global health framework. It will bring together world experts in anthropology, history, health policy, and political science to consider current understandings (‘narratives’) of the World Bank’s investment in health since the 1970s.

The goal of the Symposium is to identify ways in which ‘alternative narratives’ – narratives with a more inclusive perspective – can be used to study international health organizations like the World Bank.

The Symposium will take place over three days, and will include panels on the World Bank and health in the context of:

  • Nutrition and chronic diseases
  • Infectious diseases
  • Maternal and child health
  • Metrics and health system strengthening
  • Financialization of health, and
  • Human rights.

Each panel will consider the adequacy of traditional sources – archival sources, qualitative and oral history interviews, financial data, and ethnographies – that have been used to chronicle the World Bank’s health strategies and investments.


  • The Symposium is free of charge, and catering – but not lodging or travel costs – will be included.


  • Open to early career scholars (students, recent graduates, and post-doctoral researchers) specializing in anthropology, sociology, history, political science, and/or public health;
  • You must have a demonstrated interest in the governance of health organizations and global health policy;
  • You must be able to attend all three days.
  • Women and scholars from non-OECD countries to are encouraged apply.


To apply, please email [email protected] with your CV and a 250-word statement on your particular interest in global health policy and your goals for contributing to and participating in the Symposium.

For more information, visit Global Health Governance Symposium.