Faculty of Social & Historical Sciences


UCL Critical Global Health Network Kick-Off Event

15 February 2024, 11:00 am–1:30 pm

Join us for an engaging event of networking, knowledge sharing, and exchange of experiences in critical global health and decolonization, and collaborative research and practice. The event brings together students, researchers, and lecturers from various career stages across UCL.

This event is free.

Event Information

Open to

UCL staff | UCL students






Sophia El Ouazzani and Yuko Otake

This is a kick-off event of the UCL Critical Global Health Network (UCL-CGHN) led by early career researchers.

The event aims to facilitate mutual learning and networking among participants who are from different disciplines, cultures, and backgrounds, through conversations on topics including critical and decolonial approaches to global heath, and collaborative research and practice in the realm of critical global health. It includes keynote presentations by guest speakers followed by a workshop (group discussions) with all participants.

The event addresses the following key questions:

  • What are critical approaches to global health? What is decolonizing global health?
  • What does interdisciplinary and inter-sectorial collaboration look like?

The use of visual materials: Guest speakers and participants are encouraged to use visual communication (e.g. photos, materials) to share their knowledge and experience where it is effective. This is because some critical and decolonial approaches embrace topics that are more effectively conveyed by visual narratives rather than languages. Some decolonial approaches are also trying to go beyond logocentric hegemonies and surmounting linguistic impacts of colonialism.

Date and time:

Thursday 15 February 2024, 11:00am-13:30pm



Welcome and introduction of our vision (and sharing the survey results) (10m)

The UCL-CGHN steering committee - Dr Yuko Otake (UCL IOE Social Research Institute) and Ms Sophia El Ouazzani (UCL Psychiatry)


Keynote presentations: to learn about critical global health sub-topics (1h05m)

Dr Rochelle Burgess (UCL Institute for Global Health)
Mental health and community development

Prof Ann Phoenix (UCL Institute of Education)
Psychological experiences and social processes

Dr Jenevieve Mannell (UCL Institute for Global Health)
Health, gender, and gender-based violence

Prof Sarah Hawkes (Institute for Global Health)
Health, gender, and public policies

Ms Maria Walawender (The Lancet Countdown on Health and Climate change)
Health and climate change

Dr James Paskins (UCL Grand Challenges)
UCL Grand Challenge and CGH

12:15-12:35Discussion with keynote presenters (20m)
12:35-12:40Break (5m)

Workshop: group discussions for sharing experience and mutual-learning (25m)

  Key questions:

  • How are you approaching critical global health and decolonization in your research and education?
  • What is your experience of collaboration across different stakeholders, approaches, and worldviews? What does a good collaboration look like?
13:05-13:15Sharing on the group discussions (10m)

Final remarks (10m)

The Health, Mind, and Society group (the host of the UCL-CGHN)


Closing remarks and announcement (5m)

The UCL-CGHN steering committee - Dr Yuko Otake (UCL Social Research Institute) and Ms Sophia El Ouazzani (UCL Psychiatry)

Any changes in the event programme will be updated on our website and Teams group.

This event is free. Please register for the event on the booking link above.


Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) policy:

We value the UCL’s EDI policy and believe that the diversity of knowledge and experience enriches and advances the Critical Global Health initiative. Therefore, we highly appreciate the participation of various UCL members who relate themselves to different cultures and backgrounds. If you need any special assistance to take part in the event, please contact our event organizers, so we will be happy to accommodate your needs as much as we can and provide the most adequate care and assistance.

We need your voice!: a 5-min survey for Early Career Researchers

We are currently running a survey to reflect the ECRs’ voices to our activities. Your contribution is much appreciated! Go to a survey: https://forms.office.com/e/7MrViTiQHt


Sophia El Ouazzani (sophia.ouazzani.18@ucl.ac.uk) and Yuko Otake (yuko.otake@ucl.ac.uk)
The steering committee of the UCL Critical Global Health Network.

Find our website here