School of Social and Political Science

Kristina Kim

Job Title

PhD Student


I am a second-year PhD student in Global Health Policy at the University of Edinburgh. My research examines how people understanding and engage with evidence in situations of uncertainty within professional health spaces. I am exploring this topic by investigating understandings and uncertainties about the role of electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes) in Scottish smoking cessation services.

In 2019, I earned my Master of Public Health degree with distinction from the University of Edinburgh. My thesis focused on the marketing of e-cigarettes on Instagram by e-cigarette brands and retailers within the UK and EU political context.

Prior to studying in Edinburgh, I graduated from Yale University with distinction in my major, the History of Science, Medicine and Public Health. My senior thesis, A Call to Arms: Analyzing the Battle of Blood Banks in the Context of Donor Recruitment and Marketing, 1945-1980, explored the topic of blood banking within the context of the Cold War using a socio-cultural and media-centred lens. 

My interests within global and public health include health communications, health policy, social and commercial determinants of health, and knowledge and research exchange.



Yale University (2014 – 2018): Distinction; BA History of Science, Medicine and Public Health (focus in Global Health)

The University of Edinburgh (2018 - 2019) - Distinction; Master of Public Health

The University of Edinburgh (2019 - Present) - PhD Global Health Policy



Soto Pacheco, M., King, L., Kim, K., Ekpengyong, A., Kosiyaporn, H. and Andreas, M. 2021. "Who’s got the power? A beginner’s guide to challenging the colonial legacy of global health institutions," Think Global Health,


Conferences, Presentations and Seminars

"Evidence Mobilisation and Uncertainty in Smoking Cessation," Presenter for The Centre for Science, Knowledge and Policy (SKAPE) Seminar Series (10 Feb 2021)

"Edinburgh Decolonising Global Health Group," Presenter for Karolinska Institutet Decolonising Global Health Conference (26 May 2020)

"Edinburgh Decolonising Global Health 2020," Co-Organiser and Host for the Edinburgh Decolonising Global Health student group's conference (24 April 2020)



Global Politics of Public Health - Third-Year Undergraduate Tutor, School of Social and Political Science, University of Edinburgh (Jan 2021-April 2021)

Population Health and Health Policy - Third-Year Undergraduate Tutor, School of Social and Political Science, University of Edinburgh (Sept 2020- Dec 2020)

Introduction to Epidemiology - Master of Public Health Tutor, School of Molecular, Genetic and Population Health Sciences, University of Edinburgh (2019-2020)



Project Assistant, Students as Change Agents

As part of the University of Edinburgh's Employ.ed for PhDs programme, I am interning as the Students as Change Agents Project Assistant. Students as Change Agents is a joint initiative from the University's Careers Service and Data-Driven Innovation, which brings students together to work interdisciplinarily and across levels of study on team-based, real-world challenges posed by external partner organisations from the non-governmental, private and public sectors.

As Project Assistant, I have performed the following duties:

  • Designed, promoted and delivered multiple in-person and online programmes using MS Teams, Blackboard Collaborate and MURAL to University of Edinburgh students. The latest co-curricular version featured 100+ students working on challenges ranging in topic from the Scottish refugee community to the Scottish music industry's Covid-19 recovery. Led live team coaching sessions on MS Teams to aid their challenge proposal development and presentations
  • Designed, recorded and distributed Students as Change Agents presentations for the University of Edinburgh's Learning and Teaching Conference (June 2020 and June 2021). Available on Students as Change Agent's Media Hopper channel.
  • Developing, delivering and analysing post-participation questionnaires to inform programme evaluation materials and reports
  • Creating and implementing a promotional and social media strategy to encourage applications and participation in Students as Change Agents programmes as well as share programme outputs (i.e. reports and short videos) produced by Change Agent teams.

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