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Sudeepa Abeysinghe

Sudeepa Abeysinghe
Dr Sudeepa Abeysinghe
Lecturer in Global Health Policy
3.01 Chrystal Macmillan Building 15a George Square Edinburgh EH8 9LD
+44 (0)131 6515471
Research Interests
Global Health Policy, Infectious Disease, Risk, sociology of scientific knowledge

Research Interests

Sudeepa's current research focuses upon the relationship between knowledge and policy in the global management of risk. She is particularly interested in the social construction of risk and uncertainty, infectious disease governace, the political sociology of institutions, and the social classification of disease.




Abeysinghe, S. (2015). Pandemics, Science and Policy: H1N1 and the World Health Organisation. London: Palgrave Macmillan

Journal Articles

Abeysinghe, S. (2016) 'Ebola at the Borders: Newspaper Representations and the Politics of Border Control. Third World Quarterly (forthcoming)

Abeysinghe, S. (2015) ‘Vaccine Narratives and Public Health: Investigating Criticisms of H1N1 Pandemic Vaccination’ PLoS Currents: Outbreaks doi/10.1371/currents.outbreaks.17b6007099e92486483872ff39ede178

Abeysinghe, S. (2014) ‘An Uncertain Risk: The World Health Organisation’s Account of H1N1’ Science in Context 27(3):511-529

Olson, R. and Abeysinghe, S. (2014). ‘None of the Above: Uncertainty and Diagnosis’ in: Jutel, A. M. and Dew, K. (eds) Social Issues in Diagnosis: An Introduction for Students and Clinicians, Baltimore: John Hopkins University Press

Abeysinghe, S. (2013) ‘When the Spread of Disease Becomes a Global Event: The Classification of Pandemics’ Social Studies of Science. 43 (6): 905-926

Abeysinghe, S. (2012) ‘‘Because we all know that vaccines are an extremely effective public health tool’: Path dependency, H1N1 and the World Health Organisation.’  Policy Studies 33(5): 381-397

Abeysinghe, S. and White, K. (2011). ‘The Avian Influenza Pandemic: Discourses of Risk, Contagion and Preparation in Australia.’ Health, Risk & Society 13(4):311-326

Abeysinghe, S. and White, K. (2010). ‘Framing Disease: The Avian Influenza Pandemic in Australia.’ Health Sociology Review 19(3):369-381



Topics interested in supervising

I am intersted in the political sociology of global health. I would be particular interested in projects looking at pandemic and epidemic disease governance, ignorance/non-knowledge or uncertainty in global health, disease classificatory systems, or risk, disasters and health as well as the wider sociology of global public health.

If you are interested in being supervised by Sudeepa Abeysinghe, please see the links below for more information:

PhD in International Public Health Policy; MSc (R) Public Health Policy