School of Social and Political Science

Sudeepa Abeysinghe

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Senior Lecturer in Global Health Policy

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Chrystal Macmillan Building

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15a George Square

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

Journal Articles

Bhandari, D., Kotera, Y., Ozaki, A., Abeysinghe, S., Kosaka, M., Tanimoto, T. (2021) ‘COVID-19: Challenges faced by Nepalese Migrants living in Japan, BMC Public Health, 21: 752

Abeysinghe, S. Leppold, C., Ozaki, A. and Morita, M. (2020) ‘Workplace Anomie and Change: Experiences of Remaking Medical Work Following the Fukushima Disaster’ Evidence & Policy 16(2): 285-303.

Abeysinghe, S. Leppold, C., Ozaki, A., Morita, M., Tsubokura, M. (2017) ‘Disappearing Everyday Materials: The Displacement of Medical Resources Following Disaster in Fukushima, Japan,’ Social Science & Medicine, 191:117-124

Abeysinghe, S. (2017) ‘Contesting a Pandemic: The WHO and the Council of Europe’, Science as Culture, 26(2):161-184

Abeysinghe, S. (2016) ‘Ebola at the Borders: Newspaper Representation and the Politics of Border Control’ Third World Quarterly, 37(3): 452-467

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

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

Book chapters

Abeysinghe, S. (2019). ‘Global health Governance and Pandemic: Uncertainty and Institutional Decision-Making’ in: K. Bjørkdahl and B. Carlsen (eds.) Points of View on H1N1. Palgrave Macmillan

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

Research interests

Research interests

Health and disaster, infectious disease, risk and uncertainty, sociology of scientific knowledge

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, social and policy responses to disaster, infectious disease governace, the political sociology of institutions, and the social classification of disease.

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.

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