Global Health and Social Policy

Academic Global Health is a subject and a discipline that has been and continues to be evolving. In the changing global landscape, Global Health in Tampere University (TAU) builds our strengths in social sciences and public health to make a distinct contribution to international debates and advocacy on challenges influencing health and wellbeing all over the world. Global Health and Social Policy” (GHSP) emphasizes interactions between health and social development in societies and globally. 

Our work is based on realization of human and social rights, as well as on global efforts towards the 17 Sustainable Development Goals on the Agenda 2030. We appreciate that promotion of health and wellbeing of people requires essentially politics, policies and actions to tackle political, economic, social, environmental and commercial determinants of health.  Global Health and Social Policy in Tampere University is an inter- and transdisciplinary study on interaction of global phenomena and globalization with health and wellbeing of people 


GHSP community members in Tampere University

The work within the GHSP programme and discipline is carried out by our multidisciplinary team in the Health Sciences branch at the Faculty of Social Sciences of Tampere University . The Health Sciences branch also includes Public Health and Nursing Science and their various sub-fields. Besides our collaborators in health, we actively cooperate with scholars in sociology, social policy, political science, health sociology, social anthropology, and many more, in the Faculty of Social Sciences in TAU. We also collaborate extensively with other faculties and a range of national and international institutions, organisations and NGOs.

Salla Atkins

Salla Atkins, PhD, MA
Associate Professor, New Social Research.
Email: salla.atkins@tuni.fi
CV(Atkins_TENKCV_July2022_pdf), Webpage
Research Gate
Google Scholar
Twitter: @SallaAtkins

Meri Koivusalo

Meri Koivusalo, MD, PhD, MSc
Professor, Global Health and Development. Email: meri.koivusalo@tuni.fi
Research Gate
Twitter: @merikoivusalo

Mikko Perkiö

Mikko Perkiö, PhD, MSSc,
university researcher, Global Health and Development.
Email: mikko.perkio@tuni.fi
Twitter: @Mikko_Perkio


Katri Sieberg

Professor, North American Studies.
Fields: Healthcare economics, experimental economics.
Email: katri.sieberg@tuni.fi


Tiina Vaittinen, PhD, MSc
Academy of Finland postdoctoral research fellow.
Email: tiina.vaittinen@tuni.fi
Twitter: @VaittinenTiina

Lauri Kokkinen
Lauri Kokkinen, PhD, MSc
Senior lecturer in social and health policy.

GHSP community members

Arundhati Char, Dr, president, U-Respect Foundation, Mumbai, India

Catia Cecilia Confortini, Associate Professor, Peace & Justice Studies Program, Wellesley College, USA

Vinod Diwan,  Senior Professor, Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm, Sweden

Knut Lönnroth, Professor, Karolinska Institutet and County Medical Officer, Åland

Amitabha Sarkar, Dr,  Public Health Researcher, Calcutta, India (CV in pdf)

Arseniy Svynarenko, PhD, MSSc, researcher, Finnish Youth Research Society,  email: arseniy.svynarenko@nuorisotutkimus.fi ,  Research Gate, Twitter: @svynarenko


Doctoral Students

Lynda Gilby, Lieve Vanleeuw, Jairous Miti, Janet Tapkigen, Manela Karunadasa,

Visiting researchers and docents  

Throughout the year, many experts in global health and development come to visit, offer lectures, meet with students and faculty, discuss research, and explore other opportunities for collaboration and exchange. In addition to the many global experts residing in Finland, visitors from other countries come for a day or a year. Recent faculty guests for extended stay include: 

Professor Alvin Caballes, Social Medicine Unit, College of Medicine, University of Philippines, Manilla, Philippines. Erasmus Plus program. November 11 – December 1, 2017. 

Professor Connie Evashwick, George Washington University Milken Institute for Public Health. Visiting Professor. January 2018 – April 2018. 

Assistant Professor Sumit Kumar, Manipal University, India, School of Public Health. Visiting scholar, Erasmus Plus program. February 1-28, 2018. 

Dr. Anuj Kapilashrami, Visiting Professor. Associate Director of Global Development Academy at University of Edinburgh, Scotland. October 13-30, 2017. 

Associate Professor Sanjay Pattanshetty, Manipal University, India, School of Public Health. Erasmus Plus program. May 5 – June 5, 2018. 

Assistant Professor Binjwala Shrestra, Department of Community Medicine and Public Health, Tribhuvan University, Kathmandu, Nepal. Erasmus Plus program. March 12-16, 2018 

Professor David Timberlake, University of California, Irvine. Fulbright Scholar. September 2017 – June 2018.