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Globe of Health ;

Age of Health series

How health defines our economic, political and social lives

Experts from the Department of Global Health & Social Medicine (GHSM) speak with activists and leaders about one of the defining issues of our age: health.

In this series, we explore health as both the measurement and driver of a successful society, including but not limited to health inequality, the social determinants of health and health-centred approaches to policy.

We also address why governments should embrace a public health approach to policy making. And we seek to uncover what COVID-19 has taught us about the future of health and society.

Watch the replay of the 2023 lecture

'Inequalities & Social Justice' presented by Professor Camara Phyllis Jones, Visiting Leverhulme Professor at GHSM, and Professor Sir Michael Marmot, Director of the UCL Institute of Health Equity.

More on our previous lectures

Social Science of Bioscience Today: State of the Field - June 2023

Professor Hannah Landecker explores the social science of the biosciences and biotechnology. This talk explores the questions and theoretical directions emergent in this domain of work, to gain new perspectives on the task of understanding biological life as social form and social forms as biological states in times of environmental crisis.

The Detinova Technique: Global Health in the Shadows of Soviet Entomology - May 2022

Professor Ann Kelly, discusses the ‘Detinova Technique’, a method of mosquito dissection pioneered in the 1940s by Soviet entomologists.

She recounts the global health trajectory of the Detinova Technique, the aspirations and disappointments of operationalising the method, and the broader geopolitical histories and horizons of global health.

'Ecosocial Theory, Embodied Truths, and the People's Health' book launch - March 2022

Nancy Krieger (Harvard University) shares insights from her book, 'Ecosocial Theory, Embodied Truths, and the People’s Health' published by Oxford University Press as part of the Small Books, Big Ideas in Population Health series.

Declaring a public health emergency of international concern - January 2022

Sarah Newey, Global Health Security Correspondent at The Telegraph, speaks with Mark Eccleston-Turner (King's) and Clare Wenham (LSE) about their book and the politicisation of declaring a Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC).

How COVID-19 highlighted the social determinants of health - July 2021

Lecturer and journalist Ash Sarkar speaks with King's experts Anne Pollock, Carlo Caduff and Barbara Prainsack, as well as Michelle Morse (Harvard University) about how COVID-19 has highlighted the social determinants of health.

Pandemic reckonings: Reparations and restorative justice in the wake of COVID-19 - June 2021

King's expert, Hanna Kienzler speaks about the need to understand historical injustices and restorative justice when looking at the COVID-19 pandemic.

See the full list of recordings here