School of Social and Political Science

New network will investigate health governance in the EU

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The School of Social and Political Science’s Dr Ellie Brooks is leading a new research network to explore how health should be governed in the EU.


Over the next three years to 2024, the network – EUHealthGov – will aim to inform the growing public debate on the scope of EU health governance, as well as elevating the field within EU studies and beyond.

Dr Brooks has received funding for the network from the University Association for Contemporary European Studies (UACES) at a time of significant political changes within the EU health governance space. The network is a partnership with colleagues at Aston University and Lancaster Law School and will launch in April 2021.

The interdisciplinary team involved in the network includes:

  • Dr Eleanor Brooks (Global Health Policy Unit, School of Social and Political Science, University of Edinburgh)
  • Dr Charlotte Godziewski (Department of Sociology, Aston University)
  • Dr Mary Guy (Lancaster Law School)

EUHealthGov is important in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, which has highlighted the value and the limits of a collective European approach to health. It has raised questions about common regulation of risk, the tension between sovereignty and solidarity, and the sustainability of health inequalities within and between EU member states.

In addition to proposals for a European Health Union and strengthening of the EU’s health agencies and capacities, current debates involve policies outside of the immediate health sphere, such as the competition and state aid regime and the fiscal governance framework.

EUHealthGov will bring together expertise from across policy sectors, disciplines and backgrounds, to examine and inform these discussions.

Planned activities for the network

EUHealthGov’s activities will focus on both research and teaching, and include a network conference and teaching workshop planned for May 2022.

Keep up to date

Information about EUHealthGov events and publications, as well as the mailing list will be published shortly.

In the meantime, please follow the network on Twitter @EUHealthGov.