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Future Health Systems is a research consortium working to improve access, affordability and quality of health services for the poor. We are a partnership of leading research institutes from across the globe working in a variety of contexts: in low-income countries (Bangladesh, Uganda), middle-income countries (China, India) and fragile states (Afghanistan) to build resilient health systems for the future. After a successful first five-year phase from 2006-2011 (see our success stories), we are entering a new six-year phase of research, funded mainly by UK aid.

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FHS to participate in STEPS Centre summer school

Future Health Systems

This week, the ESRC Social, Technological and Environmental Pathways to Sustainability Centre (STEPS Centre) at the University of Sussex announced a major two-week international summer school on Pathways to Sustainability. Involving innovative forms of teaching and interaction, including an international team of leading researchers in this field, the Summer School will be held from 14 - 25 May 2012.

Focusing on the self-reinforcing and path-dependent interactions of social, technological and environmental systems – and informed by an analysis of the way different kinds of power help shape the social framing of knowledges, the STEPS Centre has developed a unique ‘pathways approach’ to research and policy engagement. Drawing on innovation and development theory, science and technology and policy studies, ecological economics, decision analysis and political ecology, the Summer School will explore and apply the associated array of cross- disciplinary concepts, analytical frameworks, empirical methods and policy strategies.

FHS members Dr Gerry Bloom and Jeff Knezovich will participate in the summer school, convening sessions examining sustainable pathways for establishing more effective health systems in complex environments as well as strategies for communication and engagement.

Interested in attending? Applications are invited from highly-motivated doctoral and postdoctoral researchers or those with equivalent experience, working in fields around development studies, science and technology studies, innovation and policy studies, and across agricultural, health, water or energy issues. There is a premium on interdisciplinary approaches and on interests and orientations that converge with work of the STEPS Centre. Numbers are limited, so recruitment will be by refereed selection. Successful applicants will pay no fees. But participants must cover their own travel and accommodation.