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Belinda Townsend

Research Fellow, NHMRC Centre for Research Excellence in the Social Determinants of Health Equity, School of Regulation and Global Governance, Australian National University

Dr. Belinda Townsend is a Research Fellow in the School of Regulation and Global Governance at the Australian National University. She earned her PhD in political science at Deakin University and has undergraduate degrees in political science (Honours), anthropology and public health.

Belinda has published on the impact of trade agreements on health with a focus on medicines policy and the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement.

She is working with the NHMRC Centre for Research Excellence in the Social Determinants of Health Equity on a project investigating agenda setting for health in public policy.


  • 2017–present
    Research Fellow, ANU


  • 2014 
    Deakin University, PhD Politics
  • 2009 
    Deakin University , BA(Hon)
  • 2008 
    Deakin University , BAppSc(Health Sc)


  • 2018
    How does policy framing enable or constrain inclusion of social determinants of health and health equity on trade policy agendas?, Critical Public Health
  • 2018
    Japan's emerging role in the global pharmaceutical intellectual property regime: A tale of two trade agreements, The Journal of World Intellectual Property
  • 2018
    Power asymmetries, policy incoherence and noncommunicable disease control - a qualitative study of policy actor views, Critical Public Health
  • 2017
    Financial costs associated with monopolies on biologic medicines in Australia, Australian Health Review
  • 2015
    Pharma’s next frontier? New Threats to Public Health in the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement, Aust NZ J Public Health
  • 2015
    International medicines governance 1940s to 1970s: lessons for public health, Critical Public Health
  • 2014
    Australia's Position on Patents and Medicines Policy in Global Forums: The Need for Greater Transparency and Accountability, Journal of Australian Political Economy
  • 2012
    Global Health Governance: Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC), the Doha Declaration, and Democratisation, Journal of Administrative Sciences

Professional Memberships

  • Public Health Association of Australia