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Dr Sophie Harman, BSocSci (Hons) Politics, MA (Research) International Political Economy, PhD Politics (Manchester)

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email: s.harman@qmul.ac.uk
Tel: 020 7882 5917
Location: Arts One, 2.20A

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Sophie Harman

Office Hours: On sabbatical 2016/17

Sophie is interested in ideas of how international politics is expressed through global health, African agency, and the politics of conspicuously invisible women. Her research has reflected these interests through projects on Global Health Governance, the World Bank and HIV/AIDS, partnerships in health in Africa, the 2014/15 Ebola response, and the governance of HIV/AIDS. These interests have informed her teaching on the modules Global Health Politics, Africa and International Relations, and Global Governance.

Sophie’s teaching and research draws on her experience of fieldwork in Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Sierra Leone, Zambia, and the global health and international political economy hubs of Geneva, Washington DC and New York.

Sophie recently completed her first feature film PILI as part of her AXA Insurance-funded project on ‘The Everyday Risk of HIV/AIDS treatment and care.’ PILI is a unique project in that is a co-produced piece of research between film-makers and the women of the Pwani region of Tanzania. The story of PILI is based on the lives of the women you see in the film.

Information on PILI can be found on IMDb, Facebook and Twitter @PiliFilm. For more on the making of PILI there is a blog with updates from the start of the process and this article published in African Affair. This year Sophie will be busy showing PILI, completing a book about the making of the film and embarking on a graphic novel about the everyday risk of HIV/AIDS security.

Sophie is also co-Editor of the Review of International Studies and Associate Editor of Global Society. She is Visiting Professor at HEARD, University of KwaZulu-Natal and acts as an Executive Member of the ISA Global Health Section. She has consulted to WHO and UNDP.

Sophie began her academic career with a PhD at the University of Manchester. She then went on to posts in CSGR, University of Warwick, and the Department of International Politics, City University, before joining QMUL in 2012.

Teaching

Undergraduate teaching:

On research leave 2016-17

Postgraduate teaching:

On research leave 2016-17

Research

Research interests:

Sophie conducts research on Global Health Politics, Africa and International Relations, Gender and Feminist IR, and film as method.

She has expertise on: Global Health Governance; the 2014/15 Ebola outbreak; HIV/AIDS; film-making as method; African agency and the Tanzanian state, and women and gender in global health.

She also knows stuff about film production, academic publishing, women in academia and mentoring, judging book prizes, and being a Director of Teaching.

Her research background is in International Political Economy.

Publications

Books
Global Health Governance (Routledge Series on Global Institutions) Abingdon: Routledge (2012)

The World Bank and HIV/AIDS: Setting a Global Agenda Abingdon: Routledge (2010)

The Global Politics of Health Reform in Africa: Participation and Performance (Palgrave MacMillan, January 2015)

Edited Books
(co-edited with Franklyn Lisk) Governance of HIV/AIDS Responses: Making Participation and Accountability Count  Routledge Abingdon: Routledge (2009)

(co-edited with William Brown) African Agency in International Politics Routledge (2013)

(co-edited with David Williams) Governing the world? The practice of global governance Routledge (2013)

Journal Articles
‘Film as research method in African Politics and International Relations: reading and writing HIV/AIDS in Tanzania’ African Affairs 2016, (115: 461) pp733-750

(with Amy Barnes and Garrett W. Brown) 'Understanding global health and development partnerships: Perspectives from African and global health system professionals' Social Science & Medicine (June 2016)

'Norms Won’t Save You: Ebola And The Norm Of Global Health Security' Global Health Governance (2016)

‘Ebola, Gender and Conspicuously Invisible Women in Global Health Governance’ Third World Quarterly (2016)

‘The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and Legitimacy in Global Health Governance’ Global Governance (2016)

(with Barnes, A. and Brown, GW). ‘Locating health diplomacy through African negotiations on performance-based funding in global health.’ Journal of Health Diplomacy, 2015, Vol.1, Issue 3.

’15 years of ‘War on AIDS’: what impact has the global HIV/AIDS response had on the political economy of Africa?’ Review of African Political Economy 42 (145): 467-476

(with Lucy Ferguson) ‘Gender and Infrastructure in the World Bank’ Development Policy Review (forthcoming 2015)

(with David Williams) ‘Development in Transition’ International Affairs (June 2014)

(with Simon Rushton) ‘Leadership in Global Health Governance’ Global Health Governance (June 2014).

(with James Scott) ‘Beyond TRIPs: Why the WTO’s Doha Round is Unhealthy’ Third World Quarterly (2013, 34:8).

(with William Brown) ‘In from the margins? The changing place of Africa in International Relations’ International Affairs (2013, 89:1).

‘Governing Health Risk by Buying Behaviour’ Political Studies (2011, 59:4)

‘Searching for an Executive Head? Leadership and UNAIDS’ Global Governance (2011, 17(4)

‘The Dual Feminisation of HIV/AIDS’ Globalizations (2011, 8:2)

‘Fighting HIV/AIDS: Reconfiguring the state?’ Review of African Political Economy (2009, 36:121)

‘Bottlenecks and benevolence: how the World Bank is helping communities to ‘cope’ with HIV/AIDS’ Journal of Health Management (2009, 11:2, 279-313)

‘Introduction: New Directions in International Relations and Africa’ with William Brown, Stephen Hurt, Donna Lee and Karen Smith Roundtable (2009, 98:402, 263-267)

‘The World Bank: Failing the Multi-Country AIDS Program (MAP): Failing HIV/AIDS’ Global Governance (October-December 2007, 13:4, 485-492)

Chapters in book
‘Innovation and the perils of rebranded privatisation: the case of neoliberal global health’ A. Payne and N. Phillips (eds) Handbook of the International Political Economy of Governance (forthcoming, Edward Elgar Publishing, 2014)

‘Critical reflections on global health policy formation’ G.W. Brown and G. Yarney (eds) Handbook of Global Health Policy (Wiley Blackwell, 2014)

‘Global Health Governance’ in R. Wilkinson and T. Weiss Global Governance and International Organisation (Routledge, 2013)

‘International Health Governance’ in Oxford Bibliographies in International Relations. Ed. David Armstrong. New York: Oxford University Press, (2013).

‘Women and the Millennium Development Goals: too little too late too gendered’ R. Wilkinson and D. Hulme (eds) Beyond the Millennium Development Goals (forthcoming, Routledge, 2012)

‘The World Bank and Global Health’ in O. Williams and A. Kay The Crisis of Global Health Governance: Challenges, Institutions and Political Economy  Basingstoke: Palgrave (2009)

‘The Causes, Contours and Consequences of Multi-Sectoralism within the HIV/AIDS response’ Governance of HIV/AIDS Responses: Making Participation and Accountability Count Abingdon: Routledge (2009)

Book Reviews
‘International Security, Conflict and Gender: ‘HIV/AIDS is another war’ International Feminist Journal of Politics (2013, 15:1)

‘AIDS, Illness and African well-being’, Journal of Modern African Studies (2009, 47:1)

‘AIDS, South Africa, and the Politics of Knowledge’, Journal of Modern African Studies (June 2008, 46:2)

Policy Papers
UNDP Governance and HIV/AIDS: Operational Policy & Implementation Framework (UNDP, November 2006).

UNDP E-Discussion on Governance of HIV/AIDS moderator (November-December 2006)

PhD Supervision

I have supervised two PhDs to completion and have acted as an internal and external examiner in several UK and international institutions.

I welcome research supervision in the following areas:

  • Global Health Politics
  • Africa and International Politics
  • Feminist International Political Economy

Public engagement

Editorships

  • Associate Editor, Global Society
  • Editorial Board Member, International Studies Perspectives
  • Editor, Review of International Studies (January 2016)

Professional Associations

  • Co-convenor of BISA working group on Global Health (with Stefan Elbe and Adam Kamradt-Scott)
  • Executive Committee member of ISA Global Health Section
  • Member Academic Panel ESRC Seminar Series Committee (February 2014 - )
  • Trustee and Executive Committee member of the British International Studies Association (BISA) (2010-2012)
  • Judge, BISA Nicholson Prize, 2013

Visiting Professor

External Examiner

  • TD223 International Development, Open University (2012 - )
  • DD313 International Relations, Open University (2014 – 2015).

Consultancy

  • Policy Consultant. World Health Organisation, Health Promotion. (2013 - ).
  • Policy Consultant. Bureau of Development Policy, HIV/AIDS Group, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) (2007 - 2008 )

Media

  • Contributor: The Independent, The Guardian, The Conversation, Open Democracy, The Lancet
  • Expert Opinion: The Economist, Vox, Voice of America, Associated Press

Blogs:

Social Media

Charity

  • Founding trustee of Trans Tanz (UK Reg. Charity No. 1117510; Tz Reg. Society No. 14756), a charity that provides transportation to healthcare facilities for people living with HIV/AIDS in rural Tanzania. For further information please visit www.transtanz.org
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