Articles by Veena Sriram

University of Chicago, USA

Social science researchers’ musings on power and health systems

Posted in articles by , , , and on December 14, 2018

Several recent prominent global health events – the Health Systems Research Symposium in Liverpool, and the Women Leaders in Global Health event in London among them – demonstrated interest in the role of power in health systems and in health systems research.  A group of interested researchers and practitioners affiliated … Read more »

Situating U.S. health services research in a global context – reflections from the Annual Research Meeting of AcademyHealth

Posted in articles by on July 6, 2018

Last week, a few thousand researchers, policymakers and practitioners gathered in Seattle for the Annual Research Meeting of AcademyHealth, the leading organization for health services research in the U.S.  Health services research (or HSR as it is called in the U.S., which is confusing as it is also an acronym … Read more »

What does the Mugabe story tell us about power in global health governance?

Posted in articles by , and on November 10, 2017

The global health community recently witnessed the first major test of the new WHO Director-General, Tedros Ghebreyesus’s nascent tenure. On October 22 2017, following several days of intense outrage and scrutiny, particularly in the news and on social media, the Director-General rescinded the appointment of Robert Mugabe, Zimbabwe’s longtime president, … Read more »

Integrating the social sciences into health policy and systems research – easier said than done?

Posted in articles by on June 2, 2017

The social sciences are critical to furthering our understanding of health policy and systems around the world. Political science, anthropology, sociology, economics, among other disciplines, provide a range of concepts that allow us to look at our research in a new light – offering new methodologies (process tracing from political … Read more »

Post-election blues at HSG 2016

Posted in articles by on November 15, 2016

HSG 2016 is off to a terrific start here in Vancouver.  On just the first day of the two-day satellite session period, the energy was palpable, with engaging sessions on topics ranging from the practicalities of achieving universal health coverage beyond borders, to the politics and governance of evidence. For … Read more »