Dr Jonathan Kennedy, BA, MA, MPhil, PhD (Cantab)
Lecturer in Global Health Centre
I have been a Lecturer in Global Health at QMUL since 2016. I teach undergraduate and masters courses on the social, political and economic determinants of health. I have a PhD from the Department of Sociology, University of Cambridge (2013). Prior joining QMUL I taught international development at the School of Public Policy, UCL.
At QMUL I teach Introduction to Politics and Global Health (1st year undergraduate), International Politics and Global Health (1st year undergraduate) and Public Health International Law and Governance (Masters). I have taught a variety of undergraduate and masters courses at UCL and Cambridge, including Political Economy of International Development, Political Economy of Capitalism, Introduction to Sociology and Advanced Qualitative Methods.
I am interested in supervising students on whose research focuses on a variety of issues related to public health in civil war affected regions.
My research has three substantive strands. My PhD research concentrated on violent conflict between the state and marginal communities in India. During my graduate studies I developed a parallel interest in the political, social and economic determinants of public health, again with a focus on India. In recent years my research has combined these two interests, concentrating on how violent political conflict affects public health. I have expanded the geographical focus of my research to encompass South Asia, the Middle East and Africa. I utilize a variety of qualitative and quantitative methods – including in-depth interviews, comparative historical methods and statistical analysis.
Political economy of health; Political determinants of health; Social determinants of health; Global health governance; Health in civil war affected areas; International Development
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PEER REVIEWED PUBLICATIONS
Jonathan Kennedy, Andrew Harmer and David McCoy: ‘The political determinants of the cholera outbreak in Yemen’, Lancet Global Health 5(10): e970–e971 [Reported in Daily Mail and Independent]
Jonathan Kennedy and Domna Michailidou (2017: ‘Divergent policy responses to increasing vaccine scepticism in southern Europe’, Lancet Infectious Diseases 17(9): 900.
Jonathan Kennedy and Domna Michailidou (2017): ‘Civil war, contested sovereignty and the limits of global health: The political determinants of the Syrian polio outbreak in 2013’, Health Policy and Planning 32(5): 690-698.
Jonathan Kennedy (2016): ‘Why have the majority of recent polio cases occurred in countries affected by Islamist militancy? A historical comparative analysis of the political determinants of polio in Nigeria, Somalia, Pakistan, Afghanistan and Syria’, Medicine, Conflict and Survival 32(4): 295-316.
Jonathan Kennedy, ‘How Drone Strikes and a Fake Vaccination Program Have Inhibited Polio Eradication in Pakistan’, forthcoming in International Journal of Health Services.
Jonathan Kennedy and David McCoy (2017): 'WHO and the health crisis among the Rohingya people of Myanmar', Lancet 389(10071): 802-803.
Jonathan Kennedy 'Why have the majority of recent polio cases occurred in countries affected by Islamist militancy? A historical comparative analysis of the political determinants of polio in Nigeria, Somalia, Pakistan, Afghanistan and Syria', forthcoming in Medicine, Conflict and Survival.
Jonathan Kennedy and Domna Michailidou: ‘Civil war, contested sovereignty and the limits of global health: The political determinants of the Syrian polio outbreak in 2013’, forthcoming in Health Policy and Planning.
Jonathan Kennedy, Lawrence King and Martin McKee (2015): ‘Islamist insurgency and the war against polio: A cross-national analysis of the political determinants of polio,’ Globalization and Health 11(1): 40.
Jonathan Kennedy (2015): ‘The Socioeconomic Determinants of Natural Resource Conflict: Minerals and Maoist insurgency in India,’ Society and Natural Resources 28(2): 149-64.
Jonathan Kennedy and Lawrence King (2014): ‘The political economy of farmers' suicides in India: Indebted cash-crop farmers with marginal landholdings explain state-level variation in suicide rates,’ Globalization and Health 10(16): 1-9.[Widely covered in the Indian media. For example, by Times of India and Hindustan Times.]
Jonathan Kennedy (2014): ‘Gangsters of Gandhians? The political sociology of Maoist insurgency in India,’ India Review 13(3): 212-34.
Keertichandra Rajan, Jonathan Kennedy and Lawrence King (2013): ‘Is Wealthier Always Healthier in Poor Countries? The Health Effects of Income, Inequality, Poverty, and Literacy in India,’ Social Science and Medicine 88: 98-107.[Widely covered in the media. For example, by The Guardian (UK) and Economic Times (India).]
Jonathan Kennedy and Lawrence King (2013): ‘Adivasis, Maoists and Insurgency in India,’ European Journal of Sociology/Archives Européennes de Sociologie 54(1): 1-32 [lead article].
Jonathan Kennedy and Sunil Purushotham (2012): ‘Beyond Naxalbari: A Comparative Analysis of Maoist Insurgency in India, 1947 to present date,’ Comparative Studies in Society and History 54 (4): 832-62.
Jonathan Kennedy and Lawrence King (2011): ‘The Conviction of Binayak Sen,’ Lancet 377 (9774): 1316-17.
Jonathan Kennedy and Lawrence King (2011): ‘Understanding the Conviction of Binayak Sen: Neocolonialism, Political Violence and the Political Economy of Health in Central India,’ Social Science and Medicine 72(10): 1639-42.[Both publications on Binayak Sen were widely covered in the Indian media, including two of India’s three biggest English newspapers, The Hindu (front page) and The Hindustan Times.]
Jonathan Kennedy (2017). ‘Blame the Saudis for Yemen's cholera outbreak – they are targeting the people,’ Guardian. Available online at https://www.theguardian.com/global-development/2017/aug/02/blame-saudi-coalition-for-yemen-cholera-outbreak
Jonathan Kennedy (2017). ‘Pakistan, Polio and the CIA,’ London Review of Books (blog). Available online at https://www.lrb.co.uk/blog/2017/09/08/jonathan-kennedy/pakistan-polio-and-the-cia/
Domna Michailidou and Jonathan Kennedy (2017). ‘When Populism Can Kill,’ Project Syndicate. Available online at https://www.project-syndicate.org/commentary/populism-anti-vaccine-movement-by-domna-michailidou-and-jonathan-kennedy-2017-07 [Translated into 11 languages and reprinted in El Pais (Spain), Les Echos (France), Protagon (Greece)]
Jonathan Kennedy and Domna Michailidou (2016): ‘The politics of polio eradication,’ Project Syndicate available online at https://www.project-syndicate.org/commentary/immunization-campaigns-need-political-support-by-jonathan-kennedy-and-domna-michailidou-2016-03
[Translated into 7 languages and republished in a variety of newspapers including El Pais (Spain), L'Orient le Jour (Lebanon), Gulf Times (Qatar), Al Shabiba (Oman) Al Bayan and Khaleej Times (United Arab Emirates), Arab News (Saudi Arabia), Le Quotidien d'Oran (Algeria), The Reporter (Ethiopia), Mareeg (Somalia), Outlook Afghanistan (Afghanistan). Postimees (Estonia), Financial Mirror (Cyprus), Khmer Times (Cambodia), AZERNEWS (Azerbaijan), Expreso (Ecuador)]
Jonathan Kennedy and Domna Michailidou (2015): ‘Islamist militancy and vaccine skepticism,’ Project Syndicate available online at http://www.project-syndicate.org/commentary/islamist-polio-vaccination-opposition-by-jonathan-kennedy-and-domna-michailidou-2015-10.
[Translated into 7 languages and republished in a variety of newspapers including El Pais (Spain), Le Quotidien d'Oran (Algeria), The Star (Kenya), Business Day (Nigeria), Mareeg and Somaliland Sun (Somalia), Médias 24 (Morocco), L'Orient le Jour (Lebanon), Zaman (Turkey), Arab News (Saudi Arabia), Al Bayan (United Arab Emirates), Financial Mirror (Cyprus), Hong Kong Economic Journal (Hong Kong). Shared” 8,600 times on Facebook.]
Jonathan Kennedy (2013): ‘Book review: Rebels from the Mud Houses:, Dalits and the Making of the Maoist Revolution in Bihar by George Kunnath,’ Contemporary South Asia 12 (3): 337-38.
Jonathan Kennedy (2012): ‘Book review: Out of this Earth: East India Adivasis and the Aluminium Cartel by Felix Padel and Samarendra Das,’ Contemporary South Asia 20 (2): 286-87.
Kristi Arthur, Jonathan Kennedy and Anubha Prakash (2007): ‘A Case Study of the Community Monitoring Project: Raichur District, Northern Karnataka,’ UNICEF India Working Paper.