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Global Health Lunch & Learn with Dr. Kelley Lee

February 9, 2023 @ 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm

The UBC School of Population and Public Health invites you to attend the Global Health Lunch & Learn Seminar Series: The role of border management in global pandemic governance: Legal, ethical and operational challenges.
  • Thursday, February 9, 2023
  • 12:30–1:30 pm PST
  • This will be a hybrid event, both on-line and in-person.
  • Location: School of Population and Public Health Room 424 (4th floor) or by zoom (link will be sent closer to the date after you register)

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About the presenter:

Dr. Lee is trained in International Relations and Public Administration with a focus on international political economy. She spent over twenty years at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. She was a core member of donor-led studies of WHO reform during the 1990s. She co-established the WHO Collaborating Centre on Global Change and Health, and chaired the WHO Resource Group on Globalization, Trade and Health. Dr Lee also co-led the Guildford Archiving Project to secure public access to internal tobacco industry documents, and then the Global Tobacco Control Research Programme to analyze their contents in relation to the globalization of the tobacco industry. Her research has been funded by the Canadian Institutes for Health Research, Cancer Research UK, European Research Council, Health Canada, New Frontiers in Research Fund, Nuffield Trust, Rockefeller Foundation, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, UK Economic and Social Research Council, UN Population Fund, US National Institutes of Health, Wellcome Trust, World Health Organization and several governments.
She has authored 140+ peer-reviewed papers, 60+ book chapters and 15 books including The World Health Organization (Routledge, 2009), Researching Corporations and Global Health Governance (Rowman and Littlefield International with Ben Hawkins, 2016) and the Oxford Handbook of Global Health Politics (OUP with Colin McInnes and Jeremy Youde, 2020). She joined the Faculty of Health Sciences in 2011 as Associate Dean, Research and Director of Global Health. She is a Fellow of the UK Faculty of Public Health, Royal College of Physicians, Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences, and Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada.

About the presentation:

Restricting movements across borders during outbreaks is a longstanding practice to control communicable disease transmission. However, evidence of measures such as travel advisories, border closures and trade restrictions effectively protecting public health remains decidedly mixed. This presentation will explore the legal, ethical, and operational considerations in the complex decision to adopt and/or lift cross-border measures, including the role of the WHO International Health Regulations (2005), as the basis for strengthening future global outbreak response and pandemic preparedness.

About the event:

The Global Health Lunch and Learn seminar series is a monthly event which enriches the global health offerings available to students and faculty members by featuring expert and diverse multidisciplinary speakers from across the greater UBC community and beyond who are dedicated to global health innovation through scholarship, research, and practice.

The seminars are interactive and discussion-based presentations where presenters discuss their own experiences and current issues in global health. The audience is also challenged to look at the intersection of working in global public health in both local and global contexts and encouraged to think about their future roles as leaders and contributors in the field.


February 9, 2023
12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
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