Health Security Beyond Epidemics



Frances Butcher
Sigrid Lupieri

Date and Time

June 7, 2022 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM


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About the Event: Over the past decade, global health threats such as pandemics have been increasingly framed as national security threats due to their perceived potential to exacerbate conflict, increase poverty and terrorism, and ability to inspire fear. Such elements of securitization can now be viewed as permanent features of public health governance. While the articulation of health issues as global threats has led to an increase in global health financing, it has also diverted funds from fundamental public health concerns - such as widely prevalent chronic diseases - towards infectious diseases such as Ebola and Covid-19. This panel approaches health security beyond epidemics from two novel perspectives: bioethics and humanitarianism. Using expert qualitative interviews, we explore the ethical implications of the increasing securitization of health and its effects on medical humanitarian action in the middle East. 

About the Speakers:

Dr. Frances Butcher is a Predoctoral Fellow at CISAC and a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Oxford’s Ethox Centre and the Wellcome Centre for Ethics and Humanities.  By background, she is a Specialty Registrar (physician) in public health undertaking dual clinical-research training. Frances has a medical degree from Brighton and Sussex Medical School, an MA in Bioethics and Society from King’s College London, and an MSc in Global Health Science from the University of Oxford. She was also a 2019 Fellow on the Johns Hopkins Emerging Leaders in Biosecurity Program.

Dr. Sigrid Lupieri holds a Ph.D. in Development Studies from the University of Cambridge. Her research investigates how security concerns and foreign policy agendas shape humanitarian action in the Middle East. Focusing on the Syrian refugee response in Jordan, her book project traces the effects of security and diplomatic interests on humanitarian health spending, and on the allocation of resources. Dr. Lupieri holds an MPhil in History from the University of Cambridge and an M.S. in Journalism from Northwestern University. Previously, she worked as a journalist in Armenia, Georgia, and Germany, and as a UN officer in New York and New Delhi.