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Devi Sridhar

Devi Sridhar

(B.S., M.Phil, D.Phil)

University Lecturer in Global Health Politics, University of Edinburgh
Wolfson College

Devi Sridhar is Senior Lecturer in Global Health Policy in the School of Social and Political Science at the University of Edinburgh. Previously, she was Senior Research Fellow at the Blavatnik School of Government and a Fellow of Wolfson College.

She has worked with a number of UN agencies, civil society organizations and Ministries of Health in emerging and developing countries. She holds a DPhil and MPhil from Oxford and a B.S. from the University of Miami. She has published extensively on global health politics in journals such as the Lancet, Nature, PLoS Medicine, JAMA, Bulletin of the WHO and Social Science & Medicine, as well as the book The Battle against Hunger (Oxford University Press, 2008) chosen by Foreign Affairs as a must-read in aid policy. She was previously a University Lecturer in Global Health Politics in the Department of Public Health, Oxford (2011–2012); Postdoctoral Research Fellow, All Souls College, Oxford (2007–2011); and Postdoctoral Researcher at the Global Economic Governance Programme Oxford (2006–2007).

She is a member of the World Economic Forum Global Agenda Council on the Health Industry, Associate Fellow at the Chatham House Centre on Global Health Security, Advisory Board Member of the Financial Flows Programme at the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation and Visiting Faculty at the Public Health Foundation of India.

Research Interests

  • Global Health Politics and Governance
  • Institutions in Global Health
  • Global and Domestic Financing of Health
Global governance Institutions and organisations International organisations


  • Lectures and Supervision in Global Health
  • Department of Public Health M.Sc Global Health Sciences
  • Blavatnik School of Government Masters in Public Policy (on core module on Science and Public Policy and on Global Health option)

Professional Activities

Member ofWorld Economic Forum Global Agenda Council on the Health Industry

Associate Fellow at Chatham House Centre on Global Health Security

Advisory Board Member of Financial Flows Programme at Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation

Visiting Faculty at the Public Health Foundation of India/Indian Institute of Public Health


Selected Publications


The Battle Against Hunger: Choice, Circumstance and the World Bank(Oxford: OUP 2008, foreword by Amartya Sen),Lancet review,Foreign Affairs review

Inside Organisations: South Asian Case Studies(edited, New Delhi: Sage 2008),Aus & New Zeal J. of Public Health

Research Papers/Reports/Book Chapters

Global Rules for Global Health: Why we need an independent, impartial World Health Organization (with Julio Frenk, Larry Gostin & Suerie Moon), British Medical Journal, June 2014. Podcast on article available here: BMJ Talk.

Global Health and the Law (with Larry Gostin), New England Journal of Medicine, May 2014.

The World Health Organization: Past, Present and Future,co-editor with Larry Gostin ofspecial issue ofPublic Health, Jan 2014.

The Normative Authority of the World Health Organization (with Larry Gostin), research article inPublic Health, Summer 2014.

Trojan Multilateralism: Global Cooperation in Health(with Ngaire Woods),Global Policy, Nov2013.

Governance and Financing of Global Public Health: The Post 2015 Agenda(with Go4Health collaborators),Brown Journal of Global Affairs, Jan 2014.

Recent shifts in global governance: implications for the response to non-communicable diseases(with Go4Health collaborators),PLoS Medicine, vol.10, no.7, 2013.

Health financing in Ghana, South Africa and Nigeria: Are they meeting the Abuja target?(with Rachael Burke),GEG Working Paperno.80, 2013.

Who sets the global health research agenda: The challenge of multi-bi financing,PLoS Medicine, vol.9, no.9, 2012.

Healthy Governance(with Larry Gostin & Derek Yach),Foreign Affairs, May 2012.

Coordinating the UN System: Lessons from UNAIDS,Social Science & Medicine, vol.76, 2013.

Health Policy: Regulate alcohol for global health, health policy articleinNature, vol.482, no.302, 2012.

Transforming Global Governance for the 21st Century(with Alex Betts, Jochen Prantl & Ngaire Woods),UNDP HDRO Working Paper, 2012.

Multi-bi financing: How did it weather the storm of the economic crises(with Karen Grepin), working paper, abstract published in theLancet2012.

Political priority in the global fight against non-communicable diseases(with Anthony Maher),Journal of Global Health, vol.2, no.2, 2012.

Motives behind National and Regional Approaches to Health and Foreign Policy(with Kate Smolina),GEG Working Paper68, 2012.

Reforming the World Health Organization(with Larry Gostin),JAMA, vol.305, no.15, 2011.

Analysing Global Health Assistance: The Reach for Ethnographic, Institutional and Political Economic Scope(with David Craig),Social Science & Medicine, vol.72, no.12, 2011.

The Joint Action and Learning Initiative: Towards a Global Agreement on National and Global Responsibilities for Health(with Larry Gostin et al.),PLOS Medicine,vol.8, no.5,2011.

How to do (or not to do): tracking data on development assistance for health (with Karen Grepin et al.),Health Policy & Planning, 2011.

Health Financing in Brazil, Russia and India: What Role Does the International Community Play?, (with Eduardo Gomez),Health Policy & Planning, vol.26, no.1, 2011.

Getting the Politics Right for the UN High-Level Meeting on Non-Communicable Diseases(with Steve Morrison & Peter Piot),CSIS Report, 2011.

Seven Failings in International Development Assistance for Health,Journal of Law, Medicine and Ethics, vol.38, no.3, 2010.

Vertical Funds in Health: Lessons for Education from the Global Fund and GAVI(with Tami Tamashiro), background paper forUNESCO Global Monitoring Report2010.

Addressing Hunger: Do Rational Models Work? In C. Hood, H. Margetts & Perri 6 (eds.),Paradoxes of Modernization: Unintended Consequences of Public Policy Reforms, OUP, 2010.

Bridging the Divide: Global Governance of Trade and Health(with Kelley Lee & Mayur Patel),Lancet, series on trade and health, vol. 373, no. 9661, 2009

Post-Accra: Is there space for country ownership in global health?,Third World Quarterly, vol.30, no.7, 2009.

Global Health Funding- How much, where it comes from, and where it goes(with Dave McCoy & Sudeep Chand),Health Policy & Planning, vol. 24, no.6, 2009.

Are Existing Governance Structures Equipped to Deal with Todays Global Health Challenges? Towards Systematic Coherence in Scaling-Up(with Sanjeev Khagram & Tikki Pang), special issue ofGlobal Health Governance, vol.2, no.2, 2009.

Linkages between Child Malnutrition and Education, background paper forUNESCO Global Monitoring Report, 2009.

Governance and Resourcing of Public Health: Recognizing the Role of Multiple Stakeholders, background paper forPublic Health Foundation of India, 2008.

Background Report for UNAIDS Transition Working Group(with Danielle Kucyznski & Kristie Latulippe). Center for Global Development/GEG, 2008.

MisFinancing Global Health: The Case for Transparency in Disbursements and Decision-Making(with Rajaie Batniji),Lancet,vol.372, no.9644, 2008.

Improving Access to Essential Medicines: How Health Concerns Can Be Prioritised in the Global Governance System,Public Health Ethics, special issue edited by Thomas Pogge, vol.1, no.2, 2008.

Hungry for Change: The World Bank in India,South Asia Research, vol.28, no.2, 2008.

The Role of Structure and Agency in Hunger Reduction in India,Indian Journal of Gender Studies, vol.15, no.1, 2008.

Economic Ideology and Politics in the World Bank: Defining Hunger.New Political Economy, vol.12, no.4, 2007

Barriers to improving mental health services in low and middle income countries(with B. Saraceno et al.)Lancet, vol.6736, no.7, 2007.

Comments/Letters/Meeting Reports

Universal health coverage anchored in the right to health(with Go4Health), Bulletin of WHO, vol.91, 2013.

Population: Better lives, not just contraceptives(with Karen Grepin), correspondenceto Nature,vol.488, no.7409, 2012.

Expectations for the UN High-Level Meeting on Noncommunicable Diseases(with Steve Morrison & Peter Piot),Bulletin of the World Health Organization,vol.89, 2011.

Improving aid for maternal, newborn and child health,Lancet, vol.376, no.9751, 2010.

Are there simple conclusions on how to channel health funding?(with Ngaire Woods),Lancet,vol. 375, no.9723, 2010.

Developing a Sustainable Global Response to HIV/AIDS,World Politics Review, December 2010.

Why no one talks about Non-Communicable Diseases,UN Chronicle,special issue on Global Health, July 2010.

Health inequalities,World Policy, special issue on Global Health, vol. 27, no.2, 2010.

How much do we care about health(with Larry Gostin),Chatham HouseWorld Today, August/September 2010.

Global Health: WHO can lead?,Chatham House World Today, vol. 65, no.2, February 2009.

Road Traffic Injuries: the hidden development crisis(with Kevin Watkins), policy briefing for the First Global Ministerial Conference on Road Safety in Moscow, for the Fia Foundation for the Automobile and Society 2009.

Do we need a UN Agency for HIV/AIDS?(with Ngaire Woods). United Nations Association UK New World, Autumn 2009.

Workshop Report on Global Health and International Relations, October 2009.

Innovations in Global Health in a New Political Era, co-editor (with Larry Gostin) of special issue ofGlobal Health Governance, vol.2, no.2, 2009.

Setting a Developing Country Agenda for Health: Preliminary Report of High-Level Working Group(with GEG), 2008.

Revisiting Equity in Public Health: Book Review of Public Health, Ethics and Equity,(eds.) S. Anand, F. Peter, A. Sen.Journal of Human Development, vol.9, no.2, 2008.

Mainstreaming Nutrition as Social Welfare,United Nations Chronicle, June, 2007.

Disability and Development (with Barbara Harriss-White) In D. Clark (ed.),The Elgar Companion to Development. Cheltenham: Edward Elgar, 2006.

A Review of the Impact of Conditional Cash Transfers on Child Nutritional Status(with Arabella Duffield). London: Save the Children UK, 2006.

Inequality in the US Healthcare System.UNDP Human Development Report Occasional Paper, no.37, 2005.

Ethics and Development.Anthropology Today, vol. 21, no. 6, 2005.