In collaboration with staff from the University of Essex’s law and sociology departments, as well as staff from the World Health Organization, our first initiative took place in October 25, 2013, as part of a collaborative meeting co-hosted in Geneva on “Evidence of human rights impact on health: successes, challenges and next steps”. The event was led by Professor Paul Hunt, a former UN Special Rapporteur on the right to the highest attainable standard of health, with support from Gen Sander, Essex Law, Linsey McGoey, Essex Sociology, and WHO staff. The meeting – attended by academics from various disciplines and representatives from around ten states, UN agencies, NGOs and national human rights institutions – was called to consider issues raised by a recent WHO monograph Women’s and Children’s Health: Evidence of Impact of Human Rights. The event was supported by the University of Essex’s Politics of Health Network, led by Professor Gill Green and Dr Ewen Speed from the School of Health and Human Sciences, Professor Joan Busfield and Dr. Linsey McGoey from the Department of Sociology, and Dr Jason Glynos from the Department of Government. Funding was also provided by the ESRC seminar series grant, ‘Evidence in Interdisciplinary Contexts: the Value and Ethics of Randomized Controlled Trials’. For more information see here

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Spaces of Evidence is a global network of scholars, practitioners and activists exploring the intersections of politics, measurement and evidence-based policy in health, development, economics, medicine and beyond.

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