Open Lecture Series on international health and the political economy of health in London, with the support of IAHPE

International Health and Political Economy of Health (IHPEH) Research Group

OPEN LECTURES SERIES YEAR I – 2017: «Defending the right to health»

9th Feb– Dr Pol de Vos

The Cuban Health System: defending the right to health in times of economic hardship

9th Mar – Vivek Kotecha

NHS Sustainability and Transformation Plans

23rd Mar – Dr Miran Epstein

Marxism and Medical Ethics



Time of lectures |5-6pm

Venue |QMUL, Centre for Primary Care and Public Health, M. Mason seminar room, Yvonne Carter Building, 58 Turner Street, E12AB

Attendance | all lectures are free and open to the public

Information | for any query please contact Dr Elias Kondilis ( and Jonathan Filippon (


About IHPEH |The International Health and Political Economy of Health Research Group is an international network of academics, researchers, activists and global health students and graduates promoting research and debate on international health and health policy issues.


Invited Speakers

pol_de_vosDr Pol de Vos is an expert in public health policies, health services organization and health sector reform in Latin America. He is currently working at the Institute of Tropical Medicine in Antwerp-Belgium,coordinating the Postgraduate course in Tropical Medicine and International Health. Over the last 20 years he has published extensively on international health policy issues and on the Cuban health system.

15f31aaVivek Kotecha a Research Officer at the Centre for Health and the Public Interest (CHPI). He previously worked as a manager in Monitor and NHS Improvement. Prior to that he worked as a management consultant at Deloitte for 4 years. Vivek holds a BSc Economics (Hons) from the LSE and is a chartered accountant. He has recently authored and co-authored a series of CHPI reports on the impact of STPs on the NHS.

Dr Miran Epstein is a Reader in Medical Ethics at Queen Mary, University of London. miran_epsteinEpstein received his MD in 1987 from the Sackler School of Medicine, Tel Aviv University. He received his MA and PhD in history and philosophy of science, both with distinction, in 1996 and 2004, respectively, from the Cohn Institute for the History and Philosophy of Science and Ideas, Tel Aviv University. He has published extensively on a wide spectrum of issues in medical ethics and is a Key Opinion Leader On Organ Transplantation (The Transplantation Society) and a UK Emissary on behalf of the Declaration of Istanbul on Organ Trafficking and Transplant Tourism Custodian Group.


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