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Dr Rachel Irwin

Senior Researcher

Dr Rachel Irwin

Rachel Irwin

Dr Rachel Irwin was a Senior Researcher in the SIPRI Security and Development Programme. Her current research is on gender, security and development and violence against health workers and facilities. Her previous research focused on diplomacy at the World Health Organization.

In 2014 Dr Irwin received a PhD in anthropology from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. Prior to joining SIPRI, she worked on European health systems and pharmaceutical policy at the London School of Economics (LSE). She is currently the editor of the Journal of Health Diplomacy.

Rachel left SIPRI in 2016.

Subject expertise

gender, global health and diplomacy, medical anthropology, humanitarian issues

United States
  • Royal Institute of Anthropology
  • American Anthropological Association
  • International Studies Association
  • British International Studies Association
External publications
  • Irwin, R., 'The polio endgame: update from the 132nd Executive Board', Health Diplomacy Monitor, vol. 4, no. 1 (2013), pp. 4–5.
  • Irwin, R. and Sangiorgio, M., 'Substandard/spurious/falsely-labelled/falsified/ counterfeit medicines: Update from the Executive Board', Health Diplomacy Monitor, vol.  4, no. 1 (2013), pp. 9–10.
  • Galsworth, M., Hristovski, D., Lusa, L., Ernst, K., Irwin, R., Charlesworth, K, Wismar, M, and McKee, M., 'The academic output of nine years of EU investment into health research', The Lancet, vol. 380, no. 9846 (2012), pp. 971–72.
  • Irwin, R., Säfstrom, C. and Clevestig, P., 'Säkra vems hälsa för vem? Problematisering av nexuset hälsa och säkerhet' [Securing whose health for whom? Problematizing the nexus between health and safety], Internasjonal Politikk, vol. 70, no. 2 (2012), pp. 236–44.
  • Ladurner, J., Gerger, M., Holland, W. W., Mossialos, E., Merkur, S., Stewart, S., Irwin, R. and Soffried, J. (eds), Public health in Austria—an analysis of the status of public health, Observatory Studies Series no. 24 (European Observatory on Health Systems and Policies, World Health Organization, 2011).
  • Charlesworth, C., Galsworthy, M., Irwin, R., Wismar, M., Ernst, K. and McKee, M., 'Health research in the European Union: Over-controlled but under-measured?', European Journal of Public Health, vol. 21, no. 4 (2011), pp. 404–406.
  • Irwin, R. and Cylus, J. D., 'The way forward for the Romanian health care system', Medica academia, June 2011 (in Romanian).
  • Irwin, R., 'Indonesia, H5N1 and ambiguities in international agreements', Global Health Governance, vol. 3, no. 2 (2010).