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
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.