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Global Politics of Disease

This “Map of Health” is made up of human tissue relating to the main health problems within those areas (London: Wellcome Images, Odra Noel. CC BY-NC)

Our research focuses on the politics and power relations involved in the (global) health field. We approach diseases not simply as biomedical problems but as the outcome of socio-political interactions including conflict, (agri-)industrialisation and other political economies, urbanization, and modern lifestyles. The Political Ecologies of Disease (PED) research unit run by Nadine Voelkner (International Relations) is based here.

Recently, a collective piece titled Politics in the time of COVID was published involving several International Relations scholars of the Faculty including Saliha Metinsoy , Lukas Linsi , Malcolm Campbell-Verduyn , Gerda van Roozendaal , Clara Eggers , and Nadine Voelkner.


  • Dr. Nadine Voelkner (PED) runs the Political Ecologies of Disease (PED) research unit
  • Luca Kaupp (past research assistant, PED)
  • Rebecca Kwakman (past research assistant, PED)
  • Tom Stenson (research assistant, PED)
Last modified:31 October 2022 12.48 p.m.