Hi, and welcome to my blog. I’m a lecturer in global health at Queen Mary University, London. I help coordinate one of only three undergraduate programs in global health in  the country, delivered by my colleagues in the Blizard Institute’s Global Public Health Unit. I graduated with a PhD in International Relations from the University of Southampton in 2006 but have spent most of my time since teaching and researching  global health, specifically global health partnerships, emerging economies’ influence in global health (the BRICS economies), global health development, and global health financing (with a particular interest in WHO financing). I’ve contributed to two editions of the People’s Health Movement (PHM) Global Health Watch, most recently contributing a chapter on global health security with my colleague Dr Jonathan Kennedy for Global Health Watch 5, and supported PHM as a WHO ‘watcher’ during the 71st World Health Assembly in May 2018.

I’ve been blogging for quite a few years and started this blog in 2017. I find blogging liberating and, it turns out, far more people read my blog posts than anything I’ve thus far published in an academic journal. Writing is also something I enjoy, playing around with different words and punctuation. If that’s you too, and you haven’t yet read George Orwell’s Politics and the English Language, do yourself a favour and read it now. Also get hold of Lynn Truss’ Eats, Shoots & Leaves – it’s still the best introductory book on punctuation.

If you’re interested in blogging, I suggest you watch Doug Stanhope’s ‘On why your opinion doesn’t matter’. And also bear in mind Wittgenstein’s memorable:

“Was sich ueberhaupt sagen laesst, laesst sich klar sagen: und wovon man nicht reden kann, darueber muss man schweigen… Die Grenze wird also nur in der Sprache gezogen werden koennen, und was jenseits der Grenze liegt, wird einfach Unsinn sein.” (Wittgenstein, TLP)

If you actually don’t know what you’re talking about, zip it and start a blog!