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Wolfson Institute of Population Health

Aida Hassan

PhD Student

Centre: Centre for Public Health & Policy



I am a PhD student in the Global Public Health Unit within the Centre for Public Health and Policy. My research focuses on the underlying principles and concepts of global health governance, and their challenges for conflict-affected states during public health emergencies (with Somalia as a crucial case example). My research is supervised by Dr Jonathan Kennedy and Prof Trevor Sheldon.

During my MRes, I worked as a researcher with Refugee Education for Equal Employment Opportunities (REFEO). Our research project examined how refugees and asylum seekers access employment and higher education in the UK – including the socioeconomic barriers resulting from the UK’s Hostile Environment policy.

I’m also a member of the School of Medicine and Dentistry’s Anti-Racism Steering Committee, supporting both staff and students across the faculty to address race/racism more effectively within the medical and global health curriculums.


Research Interests:

My research explores global health governance through a critical lens, particularly how this is conceptualised and applied to postcolonial states impacted by conflict and political violence (e.g., Somalia, Yemen, Syria and Iraq). Alongside this, I’m interested in understanding how security and public health are contested within global governance, as well as the pervasive legacy of imperialism and racism in global health.

My PhD project is funded by the London Interdisciplinary Social Science Doctoral Training Partnership (LISS DTP, 1+3 ESRC studentship)

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