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Veena Sriram

University of Chicago, USA
 

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Social science researchers’ musings on power and health systems

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 with SHAPES (Soci...

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

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 for health systems research) and ...

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

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several days of intense outrage and scrutiny, particularly in the news and on social media, the Director-General rescinded the appointment of Robert Mugabe, Zimbabwe’s longtim...

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

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 science or ...

How the Trump Administration is fueling a new progressive movement

‘We’re through the looking-glass here, people. White is black and black is white.’ (JFK, 1991)   These past two weeks have felt surreal, and horrifying, to many of us living in the United States and presumably for many around the world. A new day, a new executive order, a new enemy. The immigration ban is the most recent, and most appallin...

Post-election blues at HSG 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 a moment, you could almost forget ...