Global Health Network

Critical Studies in Global Health. Approach

 

Our world is becoming increasingly interdependent. In recognition of this, our work in research and education focuses on the health of the population globally. In our approach to global health, we acknowledge the globalization of multiple health shaping factors, which affect rich and poor societies. Global health assumes that there is no government, corporation or group of countries that is able to deal with all these influences independently or can isolate itself from health risks emerging elsewhere in the context of increasing economic and geopolitical interdependence. At the same time, health risks transcend borders and affect population groups differentially depending on their socio-political circumstances rather than geographical locations.

We recognize the interconnectedness of societies and of different sectors i.e. health can no longer be confined within one dedicated sector, as networks of various governmental and nongovernmental actors influence causes of and responses to health challenges. Against this background, we are interested in the issues of global health governance, the establishment of equal collaborative connections between different players and democratic decision-making in the fields affecting global health.

Furthermore, we are cautious about the popular idea of that most of the health challenges can be addressed with technological developments alone.  There is a growing recognition that global health challenges encompass cultural, social, political and economic aspects. They require comprehensive approaches and cannot be fully addressed by just the latest technological fix. Therefore, we look into how novel technologies and solutions work out in local circumstances and reflect on how to design locally relevant and effective health innovations.