1st Edition

Global Health and Geographical Imaginaries

Edited By Clare Herrick, David Reubi Copyright 2017
    224 Pages
    by Routledge

    266 Pages
    by Routledge

    To date, geography has not yet carved out a disciplinary niche within the diffuse domain that constitutes global health. However, the compulsion to do and understand global health emerges largely from contexts that geography has long engaged with: urbanisation, globalisation, political economy, risk, vulnerability, lifestyles, geopolitics, culture, governance, development and the environment. Moreover, global health brings with it an innate, powerful and politicising spatial logic that is only now starting to emerge as an object of enquiry.

    This book aims to draw attention to and showcase the wealth of existing and emergent geographical contributions to what has recently been termed ‘critical global health studies’. Geographical perspectives, this collection argues, are essential to bringing new and critical perspectives to bear on the inherent complexities and interconnectedness of global health problems and purported solutions. Thus, rather than rehearsing the frequent critique that global health is more a ‘set of problems’ than a coherent disciplinary approach to ameliorating the health of all and redressing global bio-inequalities; this collection seeks to explore what these problems might represent and the geographical imaginaries inherent in their constitution.

    This unique volume of geographical writings on global health not only deepens social scientific engagements with health itself, but in so doing, brings forth a series of new conceptual, methodological and empirical contributions to social scientific, multidisciplinary scholarship.

    1. Geographies of Global Health by Clare Herrick  Part I: Making Evidence, Evidencing Empiric: Inclusion and Exclusion  2. Epidemiological Rule – Epidemiologists, Numbers and the Bloomberg Initiative to Reduce Tobacco Control in the Global South by David Reubi  3. A Geneaology of Evidence at the WHO by Nele Jensen  4. Redlining Global Health: Targets, Enclaves and the Limits of Investing in Life by Matthew Sparke  Part II: Practising and Producing Global Health  5. After Clinical Trials: Enrolment and Abandonment in Global Health Research by Stephen Taylor  6. ‘A Politics (T)here Too…’: Embodied Politics of Health for the Global Majority by Emma Laurie  7. Exemplary or Exceptional? The Production and Dismantling of Global Health in Botswana by Betsey Brada  Part III: Politics, Advocacy and Social Justice  8. The AIDS Research Model: How Political Advocacy Became Central to Biomedical Funding and Research by Paul Jackson  9. Making Ties through Making Drugs: Partnerships for Tuberculosis Drug and Vaccine Development by Susan Craddock  10. Global AIDS and International Responsibility by Gerry Kearns  Part IV: Critical Bodies: Human and Non-Human  11. More Than One World, More Than One Health: Re-Configuring Inter-Species Health by Stephen Hinchliffe  12. Worms North and South: A Probiotic Biopolitics by Jamie Lorimer  13. Mixing and Fixing: Managing and Imagining the Body in a Global World by Sarah Atkinson  Part V: The Absent Presences of Global Health  14. The (Non)Charisma of Non-Communicable Disease by Clare Herrick  15. Healthy Interventions: Tracing the Place of Green Space in an International Movement for Health by Tim Brown  16. Eat Your Greens. Buy Some Chips: Contesting Articulations of Food and Food Security in Children’s Lives by Jane Battersby


    Clare Herrick is a Reader in human geography at King’s College London, UK. Her research critically explores the intersections of behavioural risk factors with urban environments across a variety of geographic settings.


    David Reubi is a Wellcome Trust Fellow at the Department of Global Health & Social Medicine, King’s College London, UK. His research explores the knowledges, socialities and material forms that undergird the politics and practices of contemporary global health and medicine. He is currently working on a manuscript on the biopolitics of the African smoking epidemic.