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Garrett Wallace Brown

Chair in Political Theory & Global Health Policy, University of Leeds

I joined POLIS in 2017 from the Department of Politics at the University of Sheffield. Prior to that I worked on the project for Global Institutional Design (GID) in the Centre for Global Governance at the London School of Economics. I have a BA in Political Science from the University of California Berkeley as well as a degree in Jurisprudence and Social Policy from the University of California Berkeley, Boalt School of Law. I obtained an MSc in Political Theory as well as my PhD from the London School of Economics and Political Science. My PhD dissertation examined the cosmopolitan political and legal theory of Immanuel Kant, which was awarded the McKenzie Prize for best dissertation in Political Science and the British Political Science Association Sir Ernest Barker Prize for best Dissertation in Political Theory.

My research cuts across a number of interdisciplinary boundaries. In political theory my interests include Immanuel Kant’s political and legal theory, cosmopolitanism, deliberative theory and practice, the laws of hospitality and debates about global justice.

In global health policy my interests include global health governance, global health financing, African development and health, SDG 3.8 for universal health coverage, the partnership agenda, health system strengthening, health security, and normative commitments to the health of others.

In international relations, my interests include ethical debates about humanitarian intervention, the R2P, the saliency of global constitutionalism, debates in international legal theory, global food justice and security, and global governance, particularly issues of global health leadership.

Despite this multifaceted agenda, there is a clear research unifier, which focuses on issues concerning global collective action problems, particularly issues concerning normative and practical considerations of global justice.

I am currently collaborating and delivering policy relevant research with the Ministry of Health Zimbabwe, the National Institute of Health Research Zimbabwe, EQUINET Africa, the Training and Research Support Centre, and the Ministry of Health Mozambique. In the past my research has informed health policy for the Department of Health Western Cape, the South African Ministry of Health, the Eastern, Central and Southern African Health Community (ECSA-HC), and the Government of Lesotho.

I am currently involved in a three year Medical Research Council grant project on results-based health financing and African health systems strengthening.


  • –present
    Chair in Political Theory & Global Health Policy, University of Leeds