Global Governance Institute


Global Health Governance in the Time of COVID-19

17 November 2020, 5:15 pm–6:30 pm

Covid-19 Emergency Alert

This panel brings together leading UCL experts in development, public health, and global governance to discuss what lessons can be drawn from the COVID-19 crisis with regard to addressing future global health governance challenges.

This event is free.

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Julia Kreienkamp

As the world finds itself engulfed in a viral pandemic, with devastating consequences far beyond public health, the need for effective global governance has never been greater. The coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis reminds us of the dangers posed by global systemic risks to the protection and safeguarding of human life. Yet, by most accounts, COVID-19 has failed to infuse a heightened sense of collective responsibility, solidarity, and purpose. We will almost certainly confront even more daunting challenges on our interconnected, globalised planet. A sober reckoning with this reality demands innovation in how we design and manage authoritative health governance at the lowest and highest levels of political assembly. This panel will bring together leading UCL experts in development, public health, and global governance to exchange views on what lessons can be learnt (so far) from the COVID-19 pandemic response for understanding the public health governance challenges that lie ahead. The panel will not only address why legacy global governance structures are widely considered not "fit for purpose", but also inquire into how the pandemic has exposed stark inequalities in health systems and health sectors more broadly. The panel will also consider the role that social, economic, and political inequalities have played in the pandemic, and will examine evidence for responses that are both equitable and effective in addressing current and future health crises.

About the Speakers

Professor Sarah Hawkes

Professor Sarah Hawkes
Sarah Hawkes is a medical doctor with a degree in sociology and a PhD in epidemiology. She is Professor of Global Public Health at University College London where she leads a research theme analysing the use of research evidence in policy processes, particularly in relation to gender and health equity. Sarah is Director of the UCL Centre for Gender and Global Health and co-Director and co-founder of Global Health 50/50 which advances action and accountability for gender equality in global health. She has lived and worked for much of the past 25 years in Asia, where she has gathered evidence, collaborated to strengthen capacity, and operated at the interface of policy and research communities – working alongside national Governments, UN agencies and civil society organisations promoting gender, equity, equality and human rights in health policies and programmes.

Dr Julius Mugwagwa

Julius Mugwagwa - Thematic Director Global Health
Julius Mugwagwa is an Associate Professor in Innovation and Development at the UCL Department of Science, Technology, Engineering and Public Policy (STEaPP). He also leads the research thematic on "Global Health" at the UCL Global Governance Institute. Julius is an interdisciplinary academic whose passion is research and teaching on the governance and development implications of technologies and innovations. His most recent research endeavours - which included developing and deploying concepts such as "policy kinetics", "policy gridlocks" and "innovative spending" - have focused particularly on technologies and innovations in health care and agricultural systems in low and middle income countries. 

Dr Tom Pegram

GGI Deputy Director Tom Pegram
Tom Pegram is an Associate Professor in Global Governance at the UCL Department of Political Science / School of Public Policy. He is also Deputy Director of the UCL Global Governance Institute. His research focuses on global/transnational governance, regulatory politics and international organisations, with particular expertise on the global environment and human rights regime. Tom’s most recent work focuses on the implications of complexity thinking for the governance of global systemic risks.