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Age of Health series

How health defines our economic, political and social lives

Experts from the Department of Global Health & Social Medicine 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.  

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Ann Kelly, Head of the Department of Global Health & Social Medicine and Professor of Anthropology & Global Health, 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. 

The webinar also featured Professor Bronwyn Parry (King's), Dr Anastasia Fedotova (Russian Academy of Science), Professor Christos Lynteris (University of St Andrews) and Professor Jo Lines (London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine) 


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.

This hybrid webinar also featured Mauricio Avendano Pabon (University of Lausanne), Linda Rae Murray (University of Illinois Chicago), Mahasin Mujahid (University of California, Berkeley), Desi Rodrigues-Lonebear (University of California, Los Angeles) and Anne Pollock (King's).


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).

Addressing multiple empirical case studies, including COVID-19, 'Declaring a Public Health Emergency of International Concern: Between International Law and Politics' explores the relationship between international law and international relations to interrogate how a PHEIC is declared and its role in how we collectively respond to outbreaks.


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.

They discuss just how much the pandemic has shone a light on health outcomes, defined by the social, economic and political structures in which we live. They also explore what the pandemic taught us about health inequalities and whether it marks a moment of real change in how the public and politicians think about society and health.


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

The pandemic has highlighted vast inequalities within our health and social care systems. It has also highlighted how racism, both contemporary and historic has direct and ongoing implications on the lives and wellbeing of those living today. But can the pandemic mark a moment of real change? And what role does health need to play in achieving racial justice?

About the Department of Global Health & Social Medicine

We're a unique interdisciplinary community of students, teachers and researchers. Together, we explore the complex social determinants of health, illness and ageing.

By connecting social scientists, biomedical researchers and clinicians, we deliver research-led teaching that investigates the ways in which advances in biomedicine and biotechnology are changing expectations on life and health, as well as the nature of medical practice.

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