Launch: ‘The Political Determinants of Health and the European Union’, a Special Issue in the Journal of Health Politics, Policy and Law

The EUHealthGov network is delighted to announce the upcoming event in its quarterly seminar series. On 25 April 2024 1-2.30pm BST, we are delighted to host the launch of a Special Issue entitled ‘The Political Determinants of Health and the European Union’ forthcoming in the Journal of Health Politics, Policy and Law (Advance Publication available here).

The authors and guest editors will be presenting their contributions to the special issue and discuss overarching themes: What are the Political Determinants of Health (PDoH)? How is this concept used and what does it encompass? What PDoH are relevant to health in the European Union (EU)? Is the EU itself a political determinant and, if so, how does it shape health and health policy, within its territory and beyond?


Speakers include:

Eleanor Brooks (University of Edinburgh); Matilde Ceron (European University Institute); Thibaud Deruelle (University of Geneva); Benjamin Ewert (Fulda University of Applied Sciences); Torben Fischer (Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg); Ashley Fox (University at Albany, State University of New York); Charlotte Godziewski (City, University of London); Mary Guy (Liverpool John Moores University); Alexandru Moise (European University Institute); Katrina Perehudoff (University of Amsterdam); Rafal Riedel (University of Opole); Mechthild Roos (University of Augsburg); Simon Rushton (University of Sheffield); Emilia Szyszkowska (Warsaw School of Economics)


The term ‘political determinants of health’ (PDoH) appears with increasing frequency in public health and health governance research, yet it remains poorly defined. For some, it is part of broader models of the social, commercial, or structural determinants of health; for others, it connotes an investigation of power dynamics that differs from epidemiological frameworks. Despite the diversity of approaches and understandings, it is clear that there exists a significant and growing body of work exploring the role of political institutions, norms, policies, processes, values, and conflict in shaping health. Moreover, in the aftermath of the coronavirus pandemic, attention to the interface between political structures and public health has been amplified, suggesting the potential value of a more coherent approach to this area of research. Our goal with this special issue was to bring together a diverse range of work that shares a common intellectual commitment to better understanding how politics shapes health, with a particular focus on the EU region and/or institutions.

EUHealthGov is a research network, funded by the University Association for Contemporary Studies (UACES) and the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Union, focused on the governance of health in the European Union. This event is part of its quarterly online seminar series, which provides a forum for discussion of a range of EU health governance topics, presented in roundtables, in-conversation sessions, work-in-progress seminars, practitioner perspectives and other formats.

The event will last 90 minutes, including a Q&A session, and will be chaired by Dr Charlotte Godziewski (City, University of London). It will take place on Microsoft Teams, you can register via this link