Ilan Kelman on Global Health and Disaster Diplomacy

Global health topics intersect with many areas of disaster risk reduction and disaster response. The Norwegian Institute for Public Health and Centre for Global Health at the UiO welcome you to attend the second seminar on disaster diplomacy research by Ilan Kelman. This presentation explores a research and policy agenda for viewing global health from a disaster diplomacy perspective.


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Disaster diplomacy research examines how and why dealing with disasters does and does not influence peace and conflict. This work covers disaster response and recovery and disaster risk reduction including climate change adaptation, from community to international levels. Global health diplomacy is in turn both a field of research and an interdisciplinary endeavor to negotiate, shape and manage the policy environment for health at all scales. One challenge in both disaster diplomacy and global health diplomacy is the continual emphasis on being reactive, rather than enacting 'prevention is better than cure' which saves lives (as well as money). This presentation explores a research and policy agenda for intersections between the fields of global health and disaster diplomacy, including the importance of preventative action-despite such lessons being consistently overlooked in policy and practice-and discusses how insight from disaster diplomacy research can inform international cooperation to strengthen health systems globally.

Ilan Kelman  is a Reader in Risk, Resilience and Global Health at University College London, England and professor II at the University of Agder. His overall research interest is linking disasters and health, including the integration of climate change into disaster research and health research. Disaster diplomacy and health diplomacy cover one such area.

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Chair: Unni Gopinathan, the Norwegian Institute for Public Health and the Dep. of Community Medicine and Global Health, University of Oslo

Main speaker: Ilan Kelman, University of College London, the University of Agder

Comments and discussion: Sidsel Roalkvam, the Centre for Development and the Environment, and Anne Bergh, the Norwegian Institute for Public Health

This lecture is part of the Norwegian Institute for Public Health and the Centre for Global Health at University of Oslo Lecture Series on Global Health.

Published July 14, 2017 2:00 PM - Last modified Jan. 12, 2018 9:33 AM