- Population Health
- International development
Abbie joined the Department of Global Health & Social Medicine as a PhD Student in November 2021, following the completion of the first year of her studies at Keele University. Her research seeks to determine whether Access and Benefit Sharing approaches to vaccine distribution are capable of delivering global health justice during a pandemic and will be supervised by Dr Mark Eccleston-Turner and Professor Octavio Ferraz.
She is a recipient of the NWCDTP +2 studentship, funded by the AHRC. Abbie’s background is in law and she holds a Bachelor of Laws and an MA in Human Rights, Globalisation and Justice from Keele University. During her time there, she was the recipient of a number of awards, including: The Oxford University Press Prize; The Maxwell Law Prize; and The Patrick Thornberry Prize. On completion of her MA and during the first year of her PhD, Abbie took on the role of research assistant for the following projects: ‘Tracking the transfer of pandemic influenza viruses’ (supported by Open Philanthropy) and ‘Towards a Welsh Health Law: Values, Governance and Devolution after COVID-19’ (supported by the Welsh Government’s Sêr Cymru programme).
Thesis Title: 'Vaccine distribution from the WHO Pandemic Influenza Preparedness Framework: securing global health justice?'
This research seeks to determine whether ABS approaches to vaccine distribution are capable of delivering global health justice during an influenza pandemic, examining the requirements of global health justice within this context and providing recommendations for policy reform. Whilst the focus of Abbie’s research is currently limited to influenza pandemic preparedness, its outcomes will have far reaching implications within the field of Global Health due to its relevance to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and other potential future pandemics.
Abbie's research interests include:
- International law and infectious diseases
- Pathogen sharing and equitable access to vaccines
- Global health justice
- The securitisation of health
- Pandemic preparedness