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Dr. Clare Wenham, Assistant Professor, London School of Economics and Political Science

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Dr. Clare Wenham is Assistant Professor of Global Health Policy at the London School of Economics and Political Science. She previously worked at the Department of Infectious Disease Epidemiology at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, delivering a series of projects relating to surveillance and transmission of infectious disease. She has a PhD in International Relations and has consulted for UN Women, European Parliament, UNFPA, Asian Development Bank, and UK Parliamentary Office for Science and Technology.

Clare’s research examines global health security and global health governance from a political and policy perspective. Her recent research has analysed COVID-19, Zika, Ebola, and more broadly, the governance structures of the global health landscape and global disease control. She has a particular interest on the downstream effects of global health security policy on women. Clare is currently working on two major projects analyzing how women are most at risk of COVID-19 and/or the socio-economic effects produced by government response efforts. The research seeks to understand how policies designed to mitigate against the pathogen cause disproportionate effects on women, such as increased domestic load, formal and informal care-giving, interruption to sexual and reproductive health services, domestic violence and women’s economic empowerment. 


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