The University of Sheffield
Department of Politics

Academic Staff: Simon Rushton

Photo: Simon RushtonDr. Simon Rushton, LLB, MA (Hull), PhD (Aberystwyth)

Faculty Research Fellow

Telephone: +44 (0)114 2221710
Fax: +44 (0)114 222 1717
Room: B1, Elmfield Lodge



Simon joined the Department of Politics in January 2013. He took an undergraduate degree in Law and Politics followed by a Masters in International Law and Politics at the University of Hull. He moved to the Department of International Politics at Aberystwyth University in 2000 to undertake a PhD and subsequently held posts at Aberystwyth as Lecturer and Research Fellow.
Simon’s research interests centre on the global politics of health. His work focuses in particular on international responses to HIV/AIDS and other diseases, the links between health and security, the changing architecture of global health governance, and issues surrounding health, conflict and post-conflict reconstruction. From 2009-2012 he was part of a major €2.3 million European Research Council-funded project carried out jointly between Aberystwyth University and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine on ‘The Transformation of Global Health Governance: Competing Worldviews and Crises’.


I am currently teaching a third-year module, POL3139 Pandemics and Panics: Health, Security and Global Politics. The module offers students the chance to gain a detailed understanding of the politics of health and security – an area which is relatively new to the discipline of Security Studies and is the focus of much of my own research. It is exciting to teach in such a rapidly-developing field of study in which there is already much academic debate to analyse, but where there are still new things to be said. I view students taking the module as young scholars with something to contribute to our knowledge and understanding, not as passive recipients of truths handed down from on high. The balance I try to strike in my teaching is between conveying knowledge and at the same time helping students to develop the conceptual and critical tools that allow them to challenge conventional wisdoms and re-think common assumptions. I always enjoy working with students with different backgrounds and life experiences who engage critically with big political issues, look at things in different ways and ask new questions. I invariably learn something new from each group of students that I teach.

Recent Invited Papers and Keynote Lectures

Key Projects/Grants

Awarding Body: Wellcome Trust
People Involved: Sophie Harman (QMUL) and Simon Rushton
Title of Research: Workshop on ‘Leadership in Global Health Governance’
Amount: £5000

Professional activities and recognition

Current Research

Key Publications

View Dr Rushton's full publication history.

PhD Supervision

I am always happy to hear from students considering a PhD in any area of global health politics, or in global governance, international institutions or security studies more broadly.

PhD topics previously supervised: