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Workshop: Social science perspectives on the healthcare policy challenges in the emerging economies - 28 October 2019

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The pursuit of ‘universal health coverage’ (UHC) has become a worldwide imperative for achieving universalised healthcare, enshrined in Sustainable Development Goal 3, yet the concept obfuscates much.

There is ambivalence towards issues of equity and solidarity in healthcare systems, and a claimed ‘pragmatism’ regarding the opening of healthcare to greater commercial activity. The rollout of neoliberalisation processes across the social sector, the negative implications of prolonged austerity on the accessibility and quality of healthcare, as well as insufficient institutional capacities and human workforce, continue to pose obstacles to the achievement of equitable UHC in the emerging economies.

Seeking to unpack and critique the dominant policy paradigm and on-going healthcare policy challenges in the emerging economies, the Department of International Development at King’s College London and the Social Policy Forum Research Centre at Bogazici University are hosting a one-day workshop.

Submit application to participate: email to by 5pm (BST) on 1 August 2019.

Please put Research Workshop 2 October in the subject line and submit either:

  • a 250-word abstract for an empirically-based paper you would like to present in the workshop, OR
  • a 300-word personal statement outlining your current research and why you are interested in attending the workshop and being a discussant.

Queries: please direct any queries to Dr Volkan Yilmaz on

Event organisers: Dr Volkan Yilmaz (Bogazici University) and Professor Susan F. Murray and Dr Benjamin Hunter (King’s College London)

Funding: British Academy

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