Dr Simon Rushton
Telephone: +44 (0)114 222 1710
Fax: +44 (0)114 222 1717
Room: Elmfield 1.31
Simon joined the Department of Politics in January 2013. He completed an LLB in Law and Politics followed by an MA in International Law and Politics at the University of Hull. He moved to the Department of International Politics at Aberystwyth University in 2000 to undertake a PhD and subsequently held posts at Aberystwyth as Lecturer and Research Fellow.
Simon convenes the Health research theme of the Sheffield Institute for International Development. He is an Associate Fellow of the Centre on Global Health Security at the Royal Institute of International Affairs, Chatham House, and sits on the Editorial Boards of the journals Medicine, Conflict and Survival, Global Health Governance, and Global Security: Health, Science and Policy.
Simon is the Department’s Director of Undergraduate Recruitment.
At Undergraduate level, I offer the Level Three module POL3139 Pandemics and Panics: Health, Security and Global Politics and contribute to teaching on the Level 2 module POL230 Contemporary Security Challenges.
At Master’s level, I offer the module POL6604 Global Health and Global Politics.
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.
In 2017, I received a Teaching Excellence in Social Sciences award for Outstanding Practice in Learning and Teaching.
Simon’s research interests focus on the global politics of health and on participatory research methods. His work has looked in particular at international responses to HIV/AIDS and other diseases; the links between health and national security; the changing architecture of global health governance; and issues surrounding health care delivery in conflict and other crisis situations. He has a growing interest in participatory research methodologies, including Participatory Video, which he is currently using on projects in Nepal and Colombia.
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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.