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Wolfson Research Institute for Health and Wellbeing

Global Health Special Interest Group

The Global Health Special Interest Group was established in 2014, as an umbrella group for researchers across the university to come together and provide a space where inter-disciplinary collaborations could develop and be fostered. We define global health broadly, to refer both to health issues that cross national boundaries and the transnational mobility (and immobility) of medical objects, ideas, technologies, policies and funding. The inter-disciplinary nature of our group means that we do not have an over-arching theoretical orientation but group members are broadly committed to critical approaches that address global inequalities. Together with colleagues from neighbouring universities, we have established the ‘North-East Global Health Network’, which brings together more than 80 researchers/practitioners across and beyond the North-East of England, and constitutes an important forum for the sharing of ideas and fostering of cross-institutional research partnerships.

What we do:

  • Run a small grants competition to pump-prime major grant applications for SIG members.
  • Provide smaller travel/networking bursaries to facilitate research partnerships and new collaborations.
  • Put on an annual one-day conference to show-case global health research in Durham and foster collaboration within and beyond the University.

Host other events with high-profile researchers, funders, policy-makers and practitioners in global health.