Sridhar Venkatapuram is a Senior Lecturer in Global Health and Philosophy, Founding Director of the MSc Global Health & Social Justice, and Director of Education of Global Health Institute at King’s College London. He is currently a Wellcome Trust Senior Research Fellow and working at the Global Health Ethics Unit at the World Health Organization.
His research and expertise is in global/public health, human rights, health ethics, political philosophy, and the capabilities approach. His aim is to bridge normative reasoning, particularly about social and global justice, with relevant natural and social sciences related to human health.
Sridhar’s academic training is in a range of disciplines including international relations (Brown), public health (Harvard), sociology (Cambridge) and political philosophy (Cambridge). While at Harvard, he worked with the late Arjun Sengupta (UN Independent Expert on the Right to Development) in conceptualising its philosophical and ethical framework. He was also the first researcher at Human Rights Watch to specifically focus on health as a human rights concern, namely HIV/AIDS-related abuses in India. His doctoral dissertation making the argument for a moral/human right to 'the capability to be healthy' was supervised by Melissa Lane, and examined and passed without corrections by Tania Burchardt (LSE) and Amartya Sen, Nobel prize winning economist and philosopher. It formed the basis of his first book entitled Health Justice: An argument from the capabilities approach, published in 2011 by Polity Press.
He is currently working on some books on the philosophy of public health, on the modern history and current issues in global health ethics, and global health justice.
Areas of Expertise: global and public health, human rights, health ethics, political philosophy, capabilities approach, social determinants and inequalities in health