Professor Simon Rushton

Department of Politics and International Relations

Professor of International Politics

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Professor Simon Rushton
Department of Politics and International Relations
1.31
Elmfield Building
Northumberland Road
Sheffield
S10 2TU
Profile

Simon joined the Department of Politics and International Relations in January 2013 and was promoted to Professor of International Politics in January 2022. Prior to his move to Sheffield, he was based at Aberystwyth University’s Department of International Politics where he completed his PhD and subsequently held posts as Lecturer and Research Fellow.

Simon is an Associate Fellow of the Global Health Programme at the Royal Institute of International Affairs (Chatham House) in London; a Senior Fellow of the Center for Global Health Security and Diplomacy in Ottawa; and Visiting Faculty at the Manmohan Memorial Institute of Health Sciences in Kathmandu. He sits on the Editorial Boards of the journals Medicine, Conflict and Survival and Global Health Governance. His research has been funded by the ESRC, DFID/FCDO, NIHR, MRC, Wellcome Trust, and Newton Fund, working with partners in Nepal, Colombia, Bangladesh, Ghana and Vietnam. 

Simon is the Department’s Director of Research and Deputy Head of Department.

Research interests

Simon’s research interests focus on the global politics of health, peace and conflict, and participatory research methods. His work has looked in particular at international responses to infectious diseases; the links between health and national security; the changing architecture of global health governance; healthcare delivery in conflict and other crisis situations; and post-conflict peacebuilding. His current research projects are in Nepal and Colombia.

In 2021, the Improbable Dialogues project team, of which Simon was the UK Principal Investigator, was awarded the ESRC’s prize for Outstanding Societal Impact.

Externally funded research projects

  • Awarding Body: ESRC-DFID Poverty Alleviation Follow on Funding
  • Title of Research: 'Earthquake resilience in Nepal: Impact enhancement through inter-community learning and a TV documentary'
  • Principal Investigator: Simon Rushton
  • Co-Investigators: Julie Balen (ScHARR, University of Sheffield), Bhimsen Devkota (Bikas Shrot Kendra, Nepal), Jonathan Joseph (Politics and International Studies, University of Bristol), Jiban Karki (ScHARR, University of Sheffield), Andrew Lee (ScHARR, University of Sheffield), Martina McGuinness (Management School, University of Sheffield), Sarita Panday (Politics and International Relations, University of Sheffield), Sujana Sapkota (PHASE Nepal, Nepal).
  • Duration: 12 months (2020-2021)
  • Total Award: £99,890

  • Awarding Body: NIHR Global Health Policy and Systems Research (HPSR) Programme 
  • Title of Research: ‘Living in the city: Building collaborations to strengthen health systems to respond to the needs of newly urbanised populations in Africa and Asia.'
  • Principal Investigators: Simon Rushton and Manish Baidya (PHASE Nepal, Nepal)
  • Co-Investigators: Genevieve Aryeetey (University of Ghana), Helen Elsey (University of York), Rumana Huque (ARK Foundation, Bangladesh), Jiban Karki (ScHARR, University of Sheffield), Andrew Lee (ScHARR, University of Sheffield), Sarita Panday (Politics and International Relations, University of Sheffield), 
  • Duration: 9 months (2020)
  • Total Award: £99,650

  • Awarding Body: DFID/ESRC/MRC/Wellcome Health Systems Research Initiative
  • Title of Research: ‘The impact of federalisation on Nepal's health system: a longitudinal analysis’.
  • Principal Investigators: Simon Rushton and Julie Balen (ScHARR, University of Sheffield).
  • Co-Investigators: Shiva Adhikari (INEHD, Nepal), Jiban Karki (ScHARR, University of Sheffield), Andrew Lee (ScHARR, University of Sheffield), Sujan Marahatta (Tribhuvan University, Nepal), Sarita Panday (Politics, University of Sheffield), Padam Simkhada (University of Huddersfield), Madhusudan Subedi (Tribhuvan University, Nepal), Edwin van Teijlingen (Bournemouth University).
  • Duration: 36 months (2020-2023)
  • Total Award: £984,175

  • Awarding Body: UKRI GCRF NGO Secondary Data Analysis Scheme
  • Title of Research: ‘Determinants of health in rural Nepal: Utilising PHASE Nepal data to investigate social inequalities in health and healthcare amongst under-5s’
  • Principal Investigator: Simon Rushton
  • Co-Investigators: Manish Baidya (PHASE Nepal), Tim Chater (ScHARR, University of Sheffield), Dan Green (ScHARR, University of Sheffield), Jiban Karki (ScHARR, University of Sheffield), Andrew Lee (ScHARR, University of Sheffield), Gerda Pohl (PHASE Nepal).
  • Duration: 16 months (2019-2021)
  • Total Award: £171,520

  • Awarding Body: Newton RCUK-Colciencias Research Partnership
  • Title of Research: Improbable Dialogues: Participatory Research as a Strategy for Reconciliation
  • Principal Investigators: Simon Rushton and Jefferson Jaramillo (Pontificia Universidad Javeriana, Colombia)
  • Co-Investigators: Matthew Bishop (Politics, UoS), Jackie Harrison (Journalism, UoS), Jaime Hernandez-Garcia (Pontificia Universidad Javeriana, Colombia), Juan Miguel Kanai (Geography, UoS), Melanie Lombard (Urban Studies, UoS); Stefanie Pukallus (Journalism, UoS), Jose Manuel Salamanca (Pontificia Universidad Javeriana, Colombia), Fernando Sarmiento (CINEP, Colombia), Helen Turton (Politics, UoS), Juan Pablo Vera (Pontificia Universidad Javeriana, Colombia), Maria Zapata (Pontificia Universidad Javeriana, Colombia).
  • Duration: 24 months (2018-2020)
  • Total Award: £502,763 (£392,763 UK; £110,000 Colombia).

  • Awarding Body: ESRC-DFID Development Frontiers Research Scheme.
  • Title of Research: Resilience Policymaking in Nepal: giving voice to communities
  • Principal Investigator: Simon Rushton
  • Co-Investigators: Julie Balen (ScHARR, University of Sheffield), Bhimsen Devkota (Bikas Shrot Kendra, Nepal), Jonathan Joseph (Politics, University of Sheffield), Jiban Karki (Politics, University of Sheffield), Andrew Lee (ScHARR, University of Sheffield), Martina McGuinness (Management School, University of Sheffield), Sarita Panday (Politics, University of Sheffield)
  • Duration: 12 months (2017-2018)
  • Total Award: £297,906

  • Awarding Body: Wellcome Trust
  • Title of Research: Healthcare Anatomy of Conflict
  • Principal Investigator: Louis Lilywhite (Chatham House)
  • Collaborators: Karl Blanchet (LSHTM); Stuart Gordon (LSE); Simon Rushton.
  • Duration: 12 months (2015-2016)
  • Total Award: £50,000
Publications

Books

  • Rushton S (2019) Security and Public Health. Polity. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Davies SE, Kamradt-Scott A & Rushton S (2015) Disease Diplomacy International Norms and Global Health Security. JHU Press. RIS download Bibtex download
  • McInnes C, Kamradt-Scott A, Lee K, Roemer-Mahler A, Rushton S & Williams OD (2014) The Transformation of Global Health Governance. Palgrave Macmillan UK. RIS download Bibtex download

Edited books

  • Roemer-Mahler A & Rushton S (Ed.) (2017) The International Politics of Ebola. Routledge. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Rushton S & Williams OD (Ed.) (2011) Partnerships and Foundations in Global Health Governance. Palgrave Macmillan. RIS download Bibtex download
  • (Ed.) () Routledge Handbook of Global Health Security. Routledge. RIS download Bibtex download

Journal articles

Chapters

  • Rushton S (2020) Security and Health In McInnes C, Lee K & Youde J (Ed.), The Oxford Handbook of Global Health Politics (pp. 1-25). Oxford: Oxford University Press. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Rushton S (2018) The invisible men: HIV, security, and men who have sex with women In O'Manique C & Fourie P (Ed.), Global Health and Security: Critical Feminist Perspectives (pp. 131-147). Abingdon: Routledge. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Rushton S (2018) Securitization In Brown GW, MacLean I & McMillan A (Ed.), The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Politics and International Relations Oxford University Press, USA RIS download Bibtex download
  • Rushton S & Kittelsen S (2016) Pandemics and Security In Dunn Cavelty M & Balzacq T (Ed.), Routledge Handbook of Security Studies (2nd end.) (pp. 224-233). Abingdon: Routledge. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Rushton S (2016) Health Security In Caballero-Anthony M (Ed.), An Introduction to Non-Traditional Security Studies: A Transnational Approach (pp. 174-192). London: Sage. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Rushton S & Duten AJ (2016) The Omega Man, Colonialism, and Global Health, Politische Theorie im Film (pp. 195-211). Springer Fachmedien Wiesbaden RIS download Bibtex download
  • Rushton S & Kamradt-Scott A (2016) The revised international health regulations and outbreak response In Davies SE & Youde JR (Ed.), The Politics of Surveillance and Response to Disease Outbreaks: The New Frontier for States and Non-state Actors (pp. 23-40). RIS download Bibtex download
  • Rushton S (2015) Who will lead? In Frenk J & Hoffman S (Ed.), "To Save Humanity" What Matters Most for a Healthy Future (pp. 301-304). Oxford University Press, USA RIS download Bibtex download
  • Rushton S (2014) Arguments for Securitizing Global Health Priorities In Brown GW, Yamey G & Wamala S (Ed.), The Handbook of Global Health Policy Chichester: John Wiley & Sons. RIS download Bibtex download
  • McInnes C, Kamradt-Scott A, Lee K, Roemer-Mahler A, Rushton S & Williams OD (2014) Access to Medicines and the International Patent Rights Regime, The Transformation of Global Health Governance (pp. 78-94). Palgrave Macmillan UK RIS download Bibtex download
  • McInnes C & Rushton S (2011) Health interventions for Political Ends: Medical Initiatives in Conflict and Peacebuilding In Novotny TE & Kickbusch I (Ed.), 21st Century Global Health Diplomacy World Scientific Publishing Company RIS download Bibtex download
  • Williams OD & Rushton S (2011) The end of one era and the start of another: Partnerships, foundations and the shifting political economy of global health In Rushton S & Williams OD (Ed.), Partnerships and Foundations in Global Health Governance Palgrave Macmillan RIS download Bibtex download
  • Williams OD & Rushton S (2011) Private Actors in Global Health Governance In Williams OD & Rushton S (Ed.), Partnerships and Foundations in Global Health Governance Palgrave Macmillan RIS download Bibtex download
  • Rushton S (2009) Global Governance Capacities in Health: WHO and Infectious Disease In Kay A & Williams O (Ed.), Global Health Governance Palgrave Macmillan RIS download Bibtex download
  • Rushton S (2008) A History of Peace through Health In Arya N & Barbara JS (Ed.), Peace Through Health Kumarian Press RIS download Bibtex download

Book reviews

  • Rushton S (2021) Epidemics and society: from the Black Death to the present. Medicine, Conflict and Survival, 37(4), 330-332. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Rushton S (2013) South African AIDS activism and global health politics.. INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS, 89(6), 1498-1499. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Rushton S (2008) Groove Armada: Rafa Benítez, Anfield and the New Spanish Fury. Soccer and Society, 1(9), 151-153. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Rushton S (2008) The Best Intentions: Kofi Annan and the UN in the Era of American Power. Intelligence and National Security, 4(23), 586-588. RIS download Bibtex download

Website content

  • Davies SE & Rushton S (2015) Healing or Harming? United Nations Peacekeeping and Health. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Rushton S (2011) AIDS: Five Neglected Questions for Global Health Strategies. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Rushton S '‘The Public’, Participation, and the Ethics of Engaging with Communities' in Kate Dommett and Nikki Soo (eds.), Who and What are the Public?. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Elbe S & Rushton S Antimicrobial Resistance and International Relations: Research Brief. RIS download Bibtex download

Other

Research group

I am always happy to hear from students considering a PhD in any area of global health politics, or in global governance, international institutions or security studies more broadly.

Current PhD students:

  • Asma Al Dawood, ‘Provision of Assistive Technologies in Saudi Arabia’.
  • Mohamed Ali, ‘Developing strategies for effective health workforce management in conflict-affected Somalia’.
  • Victoria Baskett, ‘Edutainment and Electoral Participation After Civil War: Research into the Production of Community Radio Soap Opera as a Peacebuilding Tool in Sierra Leone’
  • Minju Jung, ‘Decision-making in GAVI: the Vaccine Alliance’.
  • Jean-Claude Kayumba, ‘UN Peacekeeping missions: the contested role of UN Media in post-conflict reconstruction contexts. A case study of Democratic Republic of Congo’.

Completed PhD students:

  • Adam Ferhani, ‘Health Security as Practice: A Praxiographic Study of Routine Health Security at the UK Border’.
  • Chishimba Mulambia, ‘Decentralisation and Health Service Governance in Zambia’.
  • Charlotte Godziewski, ‘Health in All Policies at EU Level: A Critical Analysis’.
  • Maëlle de Seze, ‘Health policymaking between West Africa and WHO: The construction of viral hepatitis as a global problem and the responses to Hepatitis B in Senegal and the Gambia’.
  • Remi Adekoya, ‘Ethnic identity and ethnic mobilization in Nigerian politics - a critical analysis of the roles played by Nigeria’s founding fathers: Obafemi Awolowo, Nnamdi Azikiwe and Ahmadu Bello’.
  • Jonathan Webb, ‘The EU and Democratisation: Creating Democratic Culture’.
  • Herman Salton, ‘Dangerous Diplomacy: Anatomy of the UN Failure in Rwanda’.
  • Sonja Kittelsen,‘The EU and the Securitization of pandemic influenza’.
Teaching activities

At Undergraduate level, Simon teaches the Level Three module POL3139 Pandemics and Panics: Health, Security and Global Politics. At Master’s level, he teaches POL6604 Global Health and Global Politics.

In 2017, Simon received a Teaching Excellence in Social Sciences award for Outstanding Practice in Learning and Teaching. He is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

“I view students taking my modules as emerging scholars with something to contribute to our knowledge and understanding, not as passive recipients of truths handed down from on high. The balance I try to strike in my teaching is between conveying knowledge and at the same time helping students to develop the conceptual and critical tools that allow them to challenge conventional wisdoms and re-think common assumptions.

I always enjoy working with students from different backgrounds and with varied life experiences who can engage critically with big political issues, look at things in different ways, and ask new questions. I invariably learn something new from each group of students that I teach.”