Image of Simon RushtonDr Simon Rushton

Lecturer in Politics

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Telephone: +44 (0)114 2221710
Fax: +44 (0)114 222 1717
Room: Elmfield 1.31

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Simon joined the Department of Politics in January 2013. He took an undergraduate degree in Law and Politics followed by a Masters 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 is Editor of the journal Medicine, Conflict and Survival and an Associate Fellow of the Centre on Global Health Security at the Royal Institute of International Affairs (Chatham House). He also convenes the Health cluster of the Sheffield Institute for International Development.

He 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. I also run the ‘Outbreak Sheffield’ project for the Level 1 ‘State of Sheffield’ week each February.

At Master’s level I offer the module POL6604 Global Health and Global Politics.

I view students taking my modules as young 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 with different backgrounds and life experiences who 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.


Simon’s research interests centre on the global politics of health. His work focuses in particular on international responses to HIV/AIDS and other diseases; the links between health and security; the changing architecture of global health governance; and issues surrounding health care delivery in conflict and other crisis situations.

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PhD Supervision

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.

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