PhD Students - Charlotte Godziewski

Charlotte GodziewskiDetails

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Thesis Title: Possibilities and limitations of deliberation in health governance: The case of EU governance of health promotion

Start Year: 2016


Dr. Owen Parker

Dr. Simon Rushton


2012: BSc Dietetics, Paul Lambin Institute Brussels
2016: MSc Global Health, Maastricht University

Between 2012 and 2014, Charlotte established and led the Nutrition department of Dhulikhel Hospital, Kathmandu University Teaching Hospital, Nepal.
After coming back to Europe, she worked as a policy intern for Food and Agriculture at the European Public Health Alliance. Prior to starting her PhD project, she worked as a research assistant in the Politics Department at the University of York.

Research Topic

Charlotte’s research looks at the deliberative spaces and mechanisms established at EU level in the field of health governance, more specifically healthy lifestyle promotion and non-communicable disease (NCD) prevention.

NCDs include cardiovascular diseases, type 2 diabetes, cancer, chronic respiratory diseases and mental health disorders. They are the largest contributor to the burden of disease in the European region. They are, to a large extent, preventable and some of them are closely associated with physical activity and eating behaviour. In response to this public health challenge, the European Commission set up spaces that bring together relevant stakeholders from different fields to push for increased and improved policy commitments.

The aim of Charlotte’s research is to understand the dynamics resulting from these deliberative spaces; How do they affect the different stakeholders involved and their work? And what kind of broader implications does it bring about for public health governance?
Drawing on EU health governance as a case study, this research also aims to contribute to the broader normative debate on deliberative democracy theories.

Research Interests:

  • Political theory
  • Public health, global health
  • The global food system
  • Governmentality
  • Civil society and deliberative democracy
  • Interpretive policy analysis, discourse analysis and constructivism


French, Luxembourgish, German, English and Nepali


University of Sheffield, Department of Politics Anniversary Studentship 2016