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Evgeniya Plotnikova

Evgeniya Plotnikova
Dr Evgeniya Plotnikova
Teaching Fellow - Global Health Policy Unit
3F1, 3.22 Chrystal Macmillan Building 18 Buccleuch Place Edinburgh UK EH8 8LN
+44 (0) 131 650 6635
Research Interests
Global health governance, Policy tools, Tobacco control, Migration of health professionals


  • PhD in Social Policy, University of Edinburgh, 2012;
  • MA in Labour Policies and Globalisation, University of Kassel/Berlin School of Economics, 2007;
  • BA in Sociology, Perm State University, 2004.

Background information 

I joined the Global Public Health Unit as a research fellow in 2012 after I was awarded my PhD from the University of Edinburgh. My doctorate thesis explored policy instruments in the regulation of international labour mobility in the health sector. My research focused on the use of government-to-government agreements in the international recruitment of nurses to the UK from Spain, India, the Philippines and South Africa.

Currently I am working on the project funded by the US National Cancer Institute which aims to analyse strategies of transnational tobacco companies to influence tobacco control policies, particularly their use of bilateral trade agreements and investment treaties.

Key research interests

Tobacco control: Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC), plain packaging;

Cross-border mobility of health professionals: WHO Global Code of Practice on the International Recruitment of Health Personnel, ethical recruitment, government-to-government labour agreements;

My Edinburgh Research Explorer profile can be accessed here:


Peer-reviewed journals:

Plotnikova E, Hill SE, Collin J (2012), 'The 'diverse, dynamic new world of global tobacco control?' an analysis of participation in the Conference of the Parties to the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control', Tobacco Control, 00: 1-7, doi:10.1136/tobaccocontrol-2012-050849.

Plotnikova E.V. (2012) Cross-border Mobility of Health Professionals: Contesting Patients' Right to Health. Social Science and Medicine, 74, 20-27.

Book chapters

 Plotnikova E.V. (2014), Bilateral agreements in regulation of health worker migration. In J. Buchan (ed.), Health Professional Mobility in a Changing Europe - New dynamics, mobile individuals and diverse responses, PROMeTHEUS, Volume II. Observatory Studies Series (32). Copenhagen, Denmark: World Health Organisation.

Ognyanova, D., Plotnikova, E., Busse, R. (2014), How do countries, regions and health care providers steer the mobility of health professionals? Policies and arrangements in 17 European countries, In J. Buchan (ed.), Health Professional Mobility, PROMeTHEUS, Volume II. Observatory Studies Series (32). Copenhagen, Denmark: World Health Organisation.

Policy briefs and reports

Adhikari R., Plotnikova E.V. (2012) Policy Brief. International nurse recruitment: Recent challenges and future prospects. Available at:

Plotnikova E.V. (2012) Promoting employers’ social services organisations in social dialogue. National Report: Scotland. Available at:

Selected conference papers

Plotnikova E.V. (19-20th June 2014) Distorting 'evidence-based policy': Tobacco companies' strategy to undermine support for plain packaging by manipulating public health discourse. Presentation at the 5th Annual UKCRC Public Health Research Centres of Excellence conference, Leeds.

Plotnikova E.V. (26-29th March 2014) . 'It's the end of the world as we know it': How tobacco companies frame plain packaging as a looming apocalypse. Presentation at the 6th European Conference on Tobacco or Health, Istanbul.

Plotnikova E.V. (2-3rd May 2013) Recruitment of foreign nurses: the UK case,
Presentation at the WHO policy dialogue on international health workforce mobility and recruitment, Amsterdam.

Plotnikova E.V. (8 December 2011) Bilateral Labour Agreements in Regulation of Health Worker Mobility: Present Practice and Future Prospects. Paper presented at the IOM conference 'Ensuring Tomorrow's Health: Workforce Planning and Mobility'. IOM, European Observatory on Health Systems and Policies and Centre for Health Services and Nursing Research, Catholic University Leuven: Brussels.

Plotnikova E.V. (5 June 2009) The Implications of the Ethical Recruitment Strategy to the 'Brain Drain' of Health Professionals from sub-Saharan Africa. Paper presented at the European Conference on African Studies, University of Leipzig: Leipzig.


  • 2012 - Challenge Investment Fund, University of Edinburgh;
  • 2011 - Roberts Fund, University of Edinburgh;