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Sridhar Venkatapuram MSc MPhil PhD FRSA


Sridhar Venkatapuram is a Lecturer in global health and philosophy, and Director of the MSc in Global Health & Social Justice. Sridhar’s research and expertise is in global/public health, human rights, ethics and philosophy.  He aims to bridge normative reasoning, particularly about social justice, with relevant natural and social sciences related to human health.

He has academic training in a range of disciplines including international relations (Brown), public health (Harvard), sociology (Cambridge) and political philosophy (Cambridge).  At Harvard, he worked with the late Arjun Sengupta, UN Independent Expert on the Right to Development, in conceptualizing its philosophical and ethical framework.  He was the first researcher at Human Rights Watch to specifically focus on health as a human rights concern.  And his doctoral dissertation making the argument for a moral/human right to 'the capability to be healthy' was supervised by Melissa Lane, and examined and passed without corrections by Amartya Sen, Nobel prize winning economist and philosopher.  It formed the basis of his first book titled Health Justice: An argument from the capabilities approach published in 2011 by Polity Press.  He is working on his second book which focuses on the modern history and current issues in global health ethics.


Sridhar welcomes contact from any students interested pursuing an MSc, PhD or Post Doc in his areas of interest, research and expertise.

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