We want to offer our warmest congratulations to our Senior Research Fellow, Professor Patricia Kingori, on being awarded a grant in the first of the Wellcome Trust’s new Discovery Awards scheme.
Professor Kingori, who is a Professor of Global Health Ethics based at the Ethox Centre and the Wellcome Centre for Ethics and Humanities, has received £6.5m to support her latest 8-year research project on the role and underlying power dynamics of ‘endings’ in global health crises. Taking as its starting point the assumption that our understanding of time is shaped by the idea of having a clear beginning, middle and end, After the end: lived experiences and aftermaths of diseases, disasters, and drugs in global health will ask who makes the decision about where these markers are located in the world of global health. When is a global outbreak or crisis ‘over’ and how do such declarations of ‘the end’ shape our use of resources, our ethics and our ongoing care? What effect do these declarations have on counter-narratives and who decides what happens afterwards, what will be forgotten and what endure?
Professor Kingori will be working with a multidisciplinary team spanning four continents as they investigate lived experiences of time and endings in global health crises. Together, the team will identify the moral and ethical duties of global healthcare to prioritise and put in place broader ideas of temporal legitimacy. The project lands at a time when the world deals with the continuations and aftermaths of previous and current environmental disasters, infectious disease outbreaks, and increasing drug resistance.
Professor Kingori and her team will collaborate in partnership with researchers from the University of Exeter (history of medicine, science and technology; modern literature and medical humanities), Liverpool John Moores University (psychology of time), and the University of Warwick (global health law); and internationally, in Brazil (anthropology and law), Hong Kong (humanitarian medicine), and Sierra Leone (public health)
We wish Patricia well with her groundbreaking research!