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School of Geography

Power, distributive justice and health inequalities

A chalk immunisation tally left on the rusting door of a house by door-to-door polio vaccinators in Peshawar, Pakistan (Credit: Stephen Taylor).
A chalk immunisation tally left on the rusting door of a house by door-to-door polio vaccinators in Peshawar, Pakistan (Credit: Stephen Taylor).

Power, distributive justice and health inequalities are a core focus of the group, complemented by both political- and moral-economy investigations of justice and power. Philippa Williams, recent recipient of the Philip Leverhulme Prize, joins KIN to examine the political anatomy of digital healthcare in India. The project aims to answer important questions concerning the technological and political agendas that are driving India’s digital health ecosystem, the value of healthcare data, and the implications of digital health for ordinary citizens. Simon Reid-Henry has identified how competing accounts of global health justice produce political philosophical problems. Stephen Taylor highlights the spatially differentiated ways in which the global goal of eradication has emerged, transformed, and become institutionalised through an examination of the Global Polio Eradication Initiative in Pakistan and Nigeria (funded by British Academy and Rockefeller Foundation). Kerry Holden investigated the moral and political economies of science in UK universities through an analysis of the impact of financialisation on the careers of biomedical scientists.