Professor Harris In Bangkok, Thailand

photoProfessor Joseph Harris was recently invited to travel to Bangkok, Thailand to share knowledge and insights related to the political economy of universal health coverage as part of a workshop sponsored by the World Bank for countries in the Southeast Asian region moving towards universal health coverage. The workshop was held in the days leading up to the invitation-only Prince Mahidol Awards Conference for members of the global health community in Bangkok, Thailand from Jan 26-31, 2015, which Harris also attended.

This engagement builds on Harris’ previous work on universal coverage and past work with international organizations, such as the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). He contributed to the World Bank’s landmark report released in 2014 – Universal Health Coverage for Inclusive and Sustainable Development – which represented the Bank’s first involvement in the political economy of universal coverage. Harris also previously served as a delegate to the Japan-World Bank Conference on Universal Coverage in December 2013 and led the political economy section of a workshop on universal coverage for members of the global health community in Washington in October 2014.

These experiences naturally build on Harris’ research on the politics of expanding access to healthcare and HIV/AIDS medication. He is currently finalizing his book manuscript on the politics of access to healthcare and medicine in Thailand, Brazil, and South Africa, and his article, “’Developmental Capture’ of the State: Explaining Thailand’s Universal Coverage Policy,” was recently featured in the Journal of Health Politics, Policy and Law.