Dr Johanna Hanefeld
BA MSc PhD
Health Policy and Systems Research
15-17 Tavistock Place
I am currently Head of the Anthropology, Politics and Policy Group - a group of 30 + social scientists working on critical questions in global health. To find out more about APP's work click here.
As an Associate Professor in Health Policy and Systems Research, my work is situated within the field of health policy and systems and focuses on the political economy of global health. Current research is on health systems, including resilience and quality, and on the impact of medical travel and migration. It includes policy analysis on antimicrobial resistance (AMR) in Pakistan and Cambodia, work on trade and health including with the WTO, on governance and health inequalities. Actor power and network analysis are central themes across this programme of work, all my research is empirical and most of it has been situated in low and middle income countries. I also have an active interest in the development of policy analysis methods.
My background is diverse: a policy analyst by training, I worked on HIV and AIDS, initially for the Panos Institute based in Zambia, as HIV researcher for Amnesty International and on health equity and social determinants for WHO. I continue an active engagement with WHO on health policy and equity.
I was co-founder and remain an active member of the SHaPeS working group of Health Systems' Global which aims to bring together social science approaches for research and engagement in health policy & systems.
Together with colleagues Dr Dina Balabanova and Dr Susannah Mayhew I convene the health systems working group at LSHTM.
I am module organiser for 'Globalisation and Health' in D2 and tutor on the MSc in Public Health.
In addition, I supervise several doctoral students working on global health diplomacy, health systems and policy analysis.
Current research focuses on several areas:
Trade in health services, including medical tourism, working closely with Professor Richard Smith. Together with colleagues from the University of York I recently completed an NIHR funded research project, which examined the impact of medical tourism and migration on the UK NHS. Results were widely covered in the media. Research in this area extents to work on health systems impact, including developments for measurement and methods. I currently co-edit the Elgar Handbook on Medical Tourism and Patient Mobility.
Policy analysis research focused on global health governance and on governance of health systems, including collaborative work with colleagues in Zambia, India and South Africa. This includes a programme of research on the role of global health actors, such as the Global Fund, in national level policy processes. I am interested in both qualitative analysis of policy processes and more quantitative systems level analysis. A particular interest within this has been on power.