About us

The Global Health Policy Unit (GHPU) is a unique, cross-disciplinary team of researchers and lecturers who are committed to addressing the major global health policy challenges facing countries of all income-levels.

Our world-leading research and expertise allows us to offer practical solutions for decision-makers at all levels of governance, and collaborate with international actors such as the World Bank, World Health Organization, governments and other research and advocacy organisations globally.

Our research is focused on four key areas of contemporary global health debates:

GHPU is also a leader in global health and health policy education and training, providing a range of on-campus and online programmes that attract the highest calibre of students from every region of the world.

Our new online MSc in Global Health Policy offers the opportunity to study part-time, for those people who have a passion for global health but have commitments that preclude full-time study.

If you have any questions about our degree programmes, courses, research, or other activities, please get in touch with us. Don’t forget to follow us on Twitter, and to check out our blog.

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About us
Meet the team
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Sarah Hill

Director, Global Health Policy Unit

Sarah's research interests include health inequalities and the social determinants of health; the impacts on health and health policy of tobacco and other unhealthy commodity producers; and global health.

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Sudeepa Abeysinghe

Senior Lecturer, Global Health Policy

Sudeepa's research focuses upon the relationship between knowledge and policy in the global management of risk.

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Emily Adrion

Emily Adrion

Lecturer, Global Health Policy

Emily's broad research interests include health care costs and utilisation, public and private health insurance markets, managed care, and health care financing.

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Eleanor Brooks

Lecturer, Global Health Policy

Eleanor's research focuses on European Union health policy, exploring the changing EU health agenda, the evolution of the EU's governance instruments in this area and the tensions between national and regional health governance.

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Jeff Collin

Jeff Collin

Professor of Global Health Policy

Jeff's research interests focus on health policy and global health governance, with a particular emphasis on the role of the commercial sector.

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Mark Hellowell

Mark Hellowell

Senior Lecturer, Global Health Policy

Mark Hellowell is senior lecturer in Global Health Policy at the University of Edinburgh. His research focuses on the financing and delivery of public health and healthcare.

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Kaveri Qureshi

Kaveri Qureshi

Lecturer, Global Health Equity

Kaveri.qureshi@ed.ac.uk

Kaveri's research interests include health inequalities in the UK and Pakistan, with a focus on migration, 'race'/ethnicity, gender and debility.

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Rob Ralston

Rob Ralston

Career Development Fellow

Rob's research focuses on global health governance, commercial determinants of health, and public-private partnerships in food policy.

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Amrit Virk

Lecturer, Health Policy

Amrit's research is focused on health in low- and middle-income countries, spanning work across Malaysia, India, Thailand and Sierra Leone. Prominent themes include universal health coverage, health care financing, the political economy of health reforms and health systems strengthening.

Honorary Staff
Meet our honorary GHPU staff
Colin Brown

Colin Brown

Scottish Government
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Katherine Brown

Katherine Brown

Chief Executive, Institute of Alcohol Studies
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Kat Smith

Katherine Smith

Professor of Global Health Policy
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Anuj Kapilashrami

Honorary Lecturer
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Jonathan Suk

European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC)
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PhD Students
Meet our current doctoral students
Khuloud Alsaba

Khuloud Alsaba

PhD Student

PhD Title: Social Determinants of Health in Conflict and War: Militarization and Health in Syria

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Megan Arthur

Megan Arthur

PhD Student

megan.arthur@ed.ac.uk

PhD title: Philanthropy and child undernutrition in India: Understanding governance processes

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Majdi Ashour

Majdi Ashour

PhD Student

PhD Title: Beyond Resilience in the Times of Despair: Changes in Out of Pocket Payments in the Gaza Strip

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Rachel Barry

PhD Student

PhD Title: Understanding marijuana policy change in Uruguay: Towards policy coherence to regulate health-impacting commodities?

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Taya Collyer

Taya Collyer

PhD Student

Taya.Collyer@ed.ac.uk

PhD Title: Disciplinary training and epistemological tension in health inequalities and disparities research

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Diego Diaz Velasquez

Diego Diaz Velasquez

PhD Student

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PhD Title: Supporting healthcare providers operating in conflict settings: The case of Tumaco, Colombia

Katie Hirono

Katie Hirono

PhD Student

katie.hirono@ed.ac.uk

Katie's research focuses on health impact assessment (HIA), health equity, policymaking and community engagement, power, and the social determinants of health.

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Blanca Kao

Blanca Kao

PhD Student

blanca.kao@ed.ac.uk

PhD Title: How, and to what extent, are health implications taken into account in the decision-making processes within the Scottish local government? A Multiple-Case Study of Scottish Local Authorities

Claire Leppold

Claire Leppold

PhD Student

PhD Title: Health Inequalities in Japan: Through the Lens of the Fukushima Disaster

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Helen Patterson

Helen Patterson

PhD Student
Putri Viona Sari

Putri Viona Sari

PhD Student

PhD Title: Exploring the Policy Development Addressing Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs) in Indonesia

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Evan Shirley

Evan Shirley

PhD Student

PhD Title: A Decision Support System to guide decisions of public sector pharmaceutical supply chains in low-and-middle countries

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Mirja Sjoblom

Mirja Sjöblom

PhD Student

Mirja Sjoblom is a senior economist with the World Bank’s Global Practice on Health, Nutrition and Population. Her PhD relates to the governance of primary care markets in Sweden.

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