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Dr Sridhar Venkatapuram




Tel: + 44 (0)207 848 1862

Personal blog: Health and global social justice

Twitter: sridhartweet



Sridhar Venkatapuram is a Senior Lecturer in Global Health and Philosophy, and Founding Director of the MSc Global Health & Social Justice. Sridhar’s research and expertise is in global/public health, human rights, ethics and political philosophy.  He aims to bridge normative reasoning, particularly about social justice, with relevant natural and social sciences related to human health.

He academic training is in a range of disciplines including international relations (Brown), public health (Harvard), sociology (Cambridge) and political philosophy (Cambridge).  At Harvard, he worked with the late Arjun Sengupta (UN Independent Expert on the Right to Development) in conceptualizing its philosophical and ethical framework.  Sridhar was also the first researcher at Human Rights Watch to specifically focus on health as a human rights concern.  His doctoral dissertation making the argument for a moral/human right to 'the capability to be healthy' was supervised by Melissa Lane, and examined and passed without corrections by Amartya Sen, Nobel prize winning 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.  He is currently working on a book on the philosophy of public health and another on the modern history and current issues in global health ethics.

You can watch his TEDx talk here.

Sridhar welcomes contact from any students interested pursuing an MSc, PhD or Post Doc in his areas of interest, research and expertise.

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