Special Issue "Global Health Governance in a Post-Pandemic World"

Special Issue Editors

Prof. Dr. Mojgan Sami
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College of Health and Human Development, University of California, 850 Oval Dr, Fort Collins, CO 80524, USA
Interests: health equity; infrastructure and health outcomes; climate change impact on health
Prof. Dr. Kristie L. Ebi
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Department of Global Health, University of Washington, 4225 Roosevelt Way NE, Seattle, WA 98105, USA
Interests: health risks of climate variability and change; health adaptation; health co-benefits of mitigation policy; sustainable development
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Prof. Dr. Nancy Davis Lewis
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Nancy D. Lewis, PhD, Professor (Emeritus), University of Hawaii; Adjunct Senior Fellow, East-West Center, 1601 East-West Road, Honolulu, HI 96848, USA
Interests: geography of health and disease; climate change; gender; sustainable development; Pacific Islands

Special Issue Information

Dear colleagues,

Pandemics throughout history are linked to dramatic changes in social, environmental, political economic, and health systems. For example, the Black Plague of the 14th century initiated mitigation strategies of quarantine, physical distancing, and wearing personal protective equipment. It was also correlated with the fall of the feudal system, and the rise of the nation-state system. Similarly, the Spanish Influenza of 1918 is linked with industrialization and advances in technology, as well as the rise of political empowerment for women. In the 21st century, at a time of increasing global interdependence, entrenched social injustices are becoming acutely apparent during the Covid-19 pandemic, which is showing us that our current global systems of governance are maladaptive to mitigating and controlling infectious diseases.

Health disparities stemming from racism, gender inequality, and income inequities are contributing to the need to reimagine global health governance in the 21st century. Furthermore, as scientists warn, future pandemics are inevitable if we do not fundamentally change our interactions with the environment and wildlife. Global environmental change, particularly climate change and land use change, are increasing the probability of outbreaks. Our collective ability to build resilient, just, and equitable human habitats in light of climate change through effective strategies is critical to disease mitigation in the 21st century.

What is the future of global health governance? What is the role of the World Health Organization and other multilateral actors in the post-pandemic world? What have we learned from the Covid-19 pandemic that will assist us in reimaging our governance structures for disease mitigation? How can we build systems that are founded on the principles of equity, justice, and equality? This interdisciplinary Special Issue invites manuscripts from scholars and practitioners with insights for global health governance in a post-pandemic world, with considerations for health equity, justice, and climate change.

Prof. Dr. Mojgan Sami
Prof. Dr. Kristie Ebi
Prof. Dr. Nancy Davis Lewis
Guest Editors

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  • global health governance
  • pandemic
  • international health
  • health diplomacy

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