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Global Health & Social Medicine

Dr Sridhar Venkatapuram

Sridhar VenkatapuramSridhar Venkatapuram is a currently a Lecturer in global health and philosophy at King’s College London, and Founding Director of the MSc in Global Health & Social Justice. Sridhar’s academic research and expertise is in global/public health, human rights, ethics and philosophy.  He aims to bridge normative reasoning, particularly about social/global justice, equity and rights with relevant natural and social sciences related to human health and health inequalities.  His academic training is in a range of disciplines including international relations (Brown), public health (Harvard), sociology (Cambridge) and political philosophy (Cambridge).  His doctoral dissertation making the philosophical argument for a moral/human right to 'the capability to be healthy' was examined and passed without corrections by Amartya Sen, Nobel laureate, 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. 

Sridhar has also been at the forefront of public/global practice and policy for over twenty years.  He was a pioneer of the health and human rights movement as the first researcher at Human Rights Watch to examine HIV/AIDS and other health issues directly as human rights concerns (1992-1997); He has worked with the Ford Foundation, Population Council, Open Societies Institute, Doctors of the World among other organizations.  At Harvard (1998-2000), he worked with the late Arjun Sengupta, the Special Rapporteur on the Right to Development in conceptualizing its philosophical and ethical framework.

Starting at the International Association of Bioethics 2012 conference in Rotterdam Sridhar and colleagues have begun exploring ethical issues related to justice and global ageing. Recently the WHO relied on Sridhar’s conception of health in defining health ageing for their World Report on Ageing and Health.

Theme: Medical Innovations for Chronic Conditions / Families & Communities / Work, Retirement & Health

Venkatapuram, S. (2011) Health Justice. An Argument from the Capabilities Approach. Cambridge: Polity Press.

Venkatapuram, S. (2015) 'Utilitarian Psychiatric Ethics', in Sadler, J.Z. (Ed.) Oxford Handbook of Psychiatric Ethics. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Venkatapuram, S. & Marmot, M. (2015) 'Social Determinants of Health', in Arras, J. D., Kukla, R. & Fenton, E. (eds.) Routledge Companion to Bioethics. Routledge.

Venkatapuram, S. (2014) 'Mental Disability, Human Rights and the Capabilities Approach: Searching for the Foundations', International Review of Psychiatry.

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Institut für Ethik und Geschichte der Medizin

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