Global Health Justice Lecture – Conflict and Health


Global Health Justice (GHJ) is a new public lecture and discussion series organised by the London-based charity Medact and Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) focusing on the socio-political determinants of health. GHJ aims to bring a strong social science and humanities perspective to global health and provide a space for students, campaigners and academics to discuss, debate and exchange ideas that will challenge and push forward both research and policy.


4th Lecture: Conflict and Health

Date: Weds 28th January

Time: 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

Location: The Bainbridge Room on the second floor of the Robin Brook Centre – Queen Mary University at St. Bartholomew’s Hospital


In this fourth lecture our speakers will exploring the impact of war, violence and conflict upon health.  Two well-respected speakers, Maria Kett from University College London and Richard Sullivan from Kings College, will be discussing disability and Ebola in conflict zones. Chaired by Dr Sophie Harman (QMUL) – Dr Sophie Harman (QMUL) Sophie Harman is a Reader in International Politics at Queen Mary University of London where she teaches and conducts research into the global politics of health and Africa and International Relations. She has published widely in these areas, notably the books Global Health Governance, the World Bank and HIV/AIDS, African Agency and International Politics (edited with Will Brown), and most recently the Global Politics of Health Reform in Africa (with A Barnes and GW Brown). She is co-convenor of the British International Studies Association (BISA) Global Health working group and Executive Board member of the International Studies Association (ISA) Global Health section. Dr Maria Kett (UCL)

Maria Kett has a particular interest in disability-related issues in situations of disasters and conflicts. Her other main research interests include social exclusion; psychosocial impacts of conflict; effects of displacement, measures to alleviate poverty, and broader issues around development and human rights. She has undertaken work in countries including Bosnia, Azerbaijan, Sierra Leone, Sudan, Sri Lanka, Pakistan and Liberia. Her work has culminated in her role as Global Focal Point for Disability in the current revision of the Sphere Handbook on Millennium Standards in Disaster Response (2010). Maria Kett has extensive experience of working at the interface of research into policy and practice, and was previously the Chair of the International Disability and Development Consortium Task Group on Conflict and Emergencies’, and in this capacity represented IDDC to a number of major international donors and organisations, including the European Union and the United Nations.

Prof Richard Sullivan (KCL) Richard Sullivan is the Chair of Cancer Policy and Global Health and Director of the Institute of Cancer Policy (ICP). He also teaches on the conflict and security module of the Global Health iBSc and is the cancer lead for the King’s Sierra Leone Partnership. He leads a number of research and capacity enhancement programmes directed towards cancer and non-communicable diseases research and strengthening care systems in emerging and low-income economies. Richard’s research programmes extend from the public policy of global cancer, to the development of care and research systems in emerging economies and the development of public health systems, particularly NCDs, in high-risk conflict areas focusing on DR Congo, Afghanistan & Libya. He was formally Clinical Director of Cancer Research UK, including leading their global health policy research and was past UK Director of the Council for Emerging National Security Affairs (CENSA) a Washington-based national security think-tank where he specialised in the security implications of global health and bioweapons.