Dr Justin Parkhurst BS MPhil DPhil

Honorary Senior Lecturer in Global Health Policy


NEW BOOK: I have just released a book entitled: The Politics of Evidence - From Evidence Based Policy to the Good Governance of Evidence. This is available free open access (click here) or as a hard back (click here). Discount code FLR40 can be applied to purchases of the hardback via the Routledge page until 1 Jan 2017. It is also free to download on Amazon Kindle in many countries.

(Many thanks to James Wilsdon, Guardian Science Blogger, for naming it one of his favourite science reads of 2016)

From 1st September 2016 I have taken up a new position as an Associate Professor of Global Health Policy at the London School of Economics and Political Science (the LSE) - I remain an Honorary Senior Lecturer at LSHTM as well.

I am a multidisciplinary social scientist with primary interest in policy analysis, including the application of political and sociological concepts to health care use and health policy making.

I currently lead the European Research Council supported GRIP-Health programme (Getting Research into Policy in Health), which runs from January 2012 to December 2016. The GRIP Health website has a range of open access publications available (free to access and to share or distribute).




As I have now left LSHTM, my teaching and PhD supervision responsibilities have moved to my new institution, the LSE


Primary research interests:

- The use of evidence in policy, particularly: how ideologies shape and frame evidence,  and how institutional structures can improve the utilisation of health evidence.

- HIV/AIDS prevention and policy - in particular in low income settings.

- Social and structural drivers of HIV risk and vulnerability, including the relationships between poverty, wealth, and HIV infection.

Past Research work: Maternal Health, including behaviour and decision making for use of services.


Most of my publications (many are free access) are available by clicking here.

Finally: Occasionally I put thoughts in a blog on the interfaces of social sciecne and health. Please note, these are personal views and do not represent the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine or any other instiution.


Research areas

  • Global Health
  • Health policy
  • Research : policy relationship
  • Social and structural determinants of health


  • Development studies
  • Policy analysis
  • Political science
  • Social Policy
  • Social Sciences
  • Sociology

Disease and Health Conditions



  • Latin America & Caribbean (developing only)
  • Least developed countries: UN classification
  • South Asia
  • Sub-Saharan Africa (all income levels)


  • India
  • South Africa
  • Tanzania
  • Uganda

Other interests

  • Africa
  • HIV Prevention
  • Multidisciplinary
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