Agomoni Ganguli-Mitra (PI) is Lecturer (Assistant Professor) and Chancellor’s Fellow in Agomoni Ganguli MitraBioethics and Global Health Ethics at Edinburgh University School of Law. She is also a member of the Wellcome Trust-funded Centre for Biomedicine, Self and Society, where she leads on the Centre themes Beyond Global and Beyond Sex. Dr. Ganguli-Mitra’s background is in bioethics, with a special interest in global bioethics, structural and gender justice. She has written on ethical issues related to global surrogacy, sex-selection, biomedical research in low-income countries, social value in research governance and the concepts of exploitation and vulnerability in bioethics.

Twitter: @GanguliMitra

Associated Websites: Mason Institute

Ayesha Ahmad (PhD) is Senior Lecturer in Global Health at St. George’s University of London and Honorary Lecturer at the Institute for Global Health, University College London. She specialises in transcultural psychiatry with a focus on mental health and gender-based violence during conflict and humanitarian crisis with a  focus on cross-cultural notions of trauma. She is the Co-investigator on an MRC/AHRC funded 2-year project called Story-Telling for Health: Acknowledgement, Expression, and Recovery (SHAER) bringing together collaborators from Kashmir, Afghanistan, Turkey, Tunisia, and South Africa. Her work also includes providing expert reports for asylum seeker cases. She has published widely in academic journals and national and international media outlets as well as speaking at conference and public events worldwide. Her book Humanitarian Action and Ethics co-edited with James Smith was published in 2018 (Zed Publishers).

Twitter: @AcademicAyesha

Ryoa Chung is Professor in the Department of Philosophy at the Université de Montréal.

Her research interests include ethics in international relations, feminist philosophy and applied political philosophy, especially in the field of global health. She is currently working on the critical relation between structural injustice and epistemic injustice in order to examine the production and perpetuation of health inequalities. She is also working on the notion of ‘structural health vulnerability’ in the case of refugees in Canada. Her work is published both in English and in French and was funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, and currently funded by the Canadian Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council.

Twitter: @RyoaChung

Lisa Eckenwiler is Associate Professor in the Department of Philosophy and the Department of Health Administration and Policy, and former Director of Health Ethics at George Mason University. She is currently the faculty director for the Global Health Fellows Program, a joint program of the Department of Philosophy and Global Affairs. She has published widely on research ethics, including work on the concept of “vulnerability”. She is also the author of Long-Term Care, Globalization and Justice (Johns Hopkins University Press 2012) and lead editor of The Ethics of Bioethics: Mapping the Moral Landscape (Johns Hopkins University Press 2007).

Her research at present focuses on global health inequities, refugees, migrants and other vulnerable populations, and humanitarian health ethics. Current projects examine the understanding and operationalization of “vulnerability” in the work of humanitarian health organizations, the integration of migrants and refugees with disabilities and health justice, the ethics of closing humanitarian projects, and “ethical place-making” and health justice for the chronically displaced. She is on the Board of the International Association of Bioethics.

Twitter: @lisaaeck

Matthew Hunt is an Associate Professor and the Director of Research in the School of Associate Professor Matthew HuntPhysical and Occupational Therapy at McGill University, as well as a researcher at the Center for Interdisciplinary Research in Rehabilitation and an affiliate member of the McGill Biomedical Ethics Unit, Department of Family Medicine, and Institute for Health and Social Policy. Previously, he has worked as a physiotherapist in Montreal, the Canadian arctic, North Africa and the Balkans.
Dr Hunt’s research focuses on two areas of inquiry: ethics of global health engagement and ethics and rehabilitation. In the area of global health and ethics, he is currently carrying out research on the ethics of closing humanitarian projects, palliative care in humanitarian crises, and intersection of values and humanitarian innovation. He is co-lead of the Humanitarian Health Ethics Research Group.

Twitter: @MHuntMcGill

Associated Websites: Humanitarian Health Ethics

Yashar Saghai is Assistant Professor of Philosophy at the University of Twente, Netherlands, and Senior Scholar at the Millennium Project: Global Futures Research and Studies. Previously, he was a researcher at the Johns Hopkins Berman Institute of Bioethics. His research covers two main domains. The first is practical ethics with a focus on public health, biomedical technologies, food, and Artificial Intelligence. The second is the formal practices we use to anticipate the future for instance, to assess the future impact of emerging technologies, create climate change scenarios, or get prepared to face a range of plausible global health emergencies or disasters. His contribution to the project is mainly focused on uncovering how anticipatory practices used in Global Health Emergency contexts can become more sensitive to future vulnerabilities and epistemic injustices. In turn, the anticipatory attitude towards desirable or undesirable futures can inform our ethical reflection and the robustness of our regulations.

Associated Websites: Yashar Saghai

Lisa Schwartz, PhD is the Arnold L. Johnson Chair in Health Care Ethics, Professor in the department of Health Research Methods, Evidence & Impact (HEI), Associate Director of the Centre for Health Economics and Policy Analysis (CHEPA), and associate member of the Department of Philosophy McMaster University. Prof Schwartz is senior investigator for Humanitarian Health Ethics (hhe), a program of studies examining the ethical challenges faced by humanitarian healthcare providers and the populations they serve. Dr Schwartz is a member of the Ethics Review Board of Médecins Sans Frontières, and is a member of the World Health Organization’s Public Health Ethics Consultative Group for which she Co-Chaired the authorship of the Guidance for Managing Ethical Issues in Infectious Disease Outbreaks, and contributed to the authorship of Integrating palliative care and symptom relief into responses to humanitarian emergencies and crises: a WHO guide.

Twitter: @LisaSchwartz224

Associated Websites: Humanitarian Health Ethics

Jackie Leach Scully is Professor of Bioethics, and Director of the Disability Innovation Institute at the University of New South Wales, Australia.

Her research interests cover a range of topics in bioethics, with a special focus on disability and embodiment. In the context of global health emergencies and humanitarian crises her work considers how social and cultural beliefs about disability, normality, illness and health generate assumptions about disabled and chronically ill people’s vulnerability, dependence or resilience, and how these assumptions become embedded in guidelines and policy.

Twitter: @JLSbioethics

Associated Websites: The Disability Innovation Institute

DIIU Twitter: @DisabilityUNSW

Verina Wild is deputy director of the Institute of Ethics, History and Theory of Medicine at Ludwig-Maximilians-University of Munich (LMU), Germany. Her research interests lie in the area of justice and vulnerability in medical care, public health and global health. Over the last years she put a special focus on migrant health.

Associated Websites: META Project



R. Richards

Rebecca Richards is the Postgraduate Research Assistant on the project. In particular, she is responsible for this project website and produces the ‘Just Emergencies’podcast. She is a PhD candidate at the University of Edinburgh School of Law and her research interests include global health ethics/justice, the medical brain drain, the ethics of global health emergencies, and structural inequalities.



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