Global Health: Bridging the Disciplinary Divides Workshop

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The BSIA is hosting a two day workshop from March 25-26, 2019. The theme of the workshop is “Global Health: Bridging the Disciplinary Divides.” The objective of the workshop is to examine how different disciplines approach, analyse and understand key global health challenges; if and how these different approaches impede research and policy progress; and how to overcome interdisciplinary divisions to make progress in research and policy on global health issues. We hope that the outcomes of the conference will include journal articles as well as the establishment of an International Consortium on Social Science and Global Health.

The workshop will begin with a plenary session to discuss the challenges of interdisciplinary research as well as policy action. It then will break into three smaller thematic groups: mental health, governance of medicines, and the deliberate targeting of health workers during violent conflict.

The organizers include Karen Grepin (BSIA), Valerie Percival (NPSIA), Amy Patterson (University of the South), Garrett Wallace Brown (Leeds), Owain Williams (University of Queensland), and James Orbinski (York University). The workshop is funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, the Balsillie School of International Affairs, the University of Leeds, the University of the South, and Carleton University.

We would be pleased to welcome participation from BSIA faculty and PhD students with interests in interdisciplinary research, global health research, or any of the associated themes. There is no formal presentation required for your participation. Prior to the workshop, participants will be sent a list of questions to address, such as: What are the key research challenges in your field? How does your discipline study this issue? What are the key policy challenges? What are the key obstacles to progress in both research and policy? How do interdisciplinary challenges affect research, as well as policy or programs?

If you are interested in participating, please contact one of the workshop organizers, Amber Warnat at [email protected], who will provide you with the agenda and other details on the workshop.

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