Academic Staff: Simon Rushton
Dr. 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
- ‘HIV prevention, harm reduction and the war on drugs: rights, crime and morality in global health diplomacy’, BISA-ISA Joint International Conference, Edinburgh, 20-22 June 2012.
- ‘The global governance of HIV and AIDS: coherent response or competing visions?’, Chatham House, 11 May 2012.
- ‘Beyond Soft Power? Health Interventions for Strategic Effect in Iraq and Afghanistan’, University of Sussex, 10 May 2012. (With Colin McInnes).
- ‘AIDS: Five Neglected Questions for Global Health Strategies’, Chatham House, 28 November 2011.
- ‘The IHR revisions: socialization, compliance and changing norms of global health security’, Griffith University, 20-22 July 2011. (With Adam Kamradt-Scott).
- ‘Are the ‘good times’ over? Looking to the future of global health governance’, University of Sussex, 29 June 2011. (With Owain David Williams).
- ‘HIV-related travel restrictions: public health security vs. freedom and rights’, International Studies Association Convention, Montreal, 16-19 March 2011.
Awarding Body: Wellcome Trust
People Involved: Sophie Harman (QMUL) and Simon Rushton
Title of Research: Workshop on ‘Leadership in Global Health Governance’
Professional activities and recognition
Simon edits the journal Medicine, Conflict & Survival (with Maria Kett at UCL). He is an Associate Fellow of the Centre on Global Health Security at the Royal Institute of International Affairs, Chatham House, and a member of the editorial board of Global Health Governance.
- Leadership in Global Health Governance. (Project with Sophie Harman, QMUL).
- The Global Governance of AIDS.
- The Global Health Security regime.
- Health and ‘smart power’.
- The Routledge Handbook of Health Security. (Co-editing with Jeremy Youde, University of Minnesota, Duluth).
- Simon Rushton & Owain David Williams (eds), Partnerships and Foundations in Global Health Governance (Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2011).
- Simon Rushton, ‘The global debate over HIV-related travel restrictions: framing and policy change’. Global Public Health. Published online 31 October 2012: DOI:10.1080/17441692.2012.735249 (forthcoming in print).
- Colin McInnes and Simon Rushton, ‘HIV/AIDS and Securitization Theory’, European Journal of International Relations. Published online January 24 2012: doi:10.1177/1354066111425258 (forthcoming in print).
- Simon Rushton, ‘Global Health Security: Security for whom? Security from what?’, Political Studies 59:4 (December 2011), pp.779-796.
- Simon Rushton, ‘AIDS and International Security in the United Nations System’, Health Policy and Planning 25:6 (November 2010), pp.495-504.
- Colin McInnes and Simon Rushton, ‘HIV, AIDS and Security: Where are we now?’, International Affairs 86:1 (January 2010), pp.225-245.
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:
- The EU and the securitization of pandemic influenza
- The UN failure in Rwanda
- Non-state disease surveillance and its effects on state sovereignty