On September 26, Global Strategy Lab and uOttawa Centre for Health Law, Policy and Ethics held a book launch and panel for the release of “Integrating Science and Politics for Public Health”. The event was moderated by Professor at University of Ottawa, Faculty of Law, Vanessa Gruben, and was accompanied by participant panelists and co-authors GSL Senior Investigator Patrick Fafard, Professor at Université du Québec à Montréal, Carole Clavier and Chief Science Officer at Public Health Agency of Canada, Sarah Viehbeck. The panelists discussed how they are trying to expand the conversation between public health and political science, while answering questions from the attendees.
“Integrating Science and Politics for Public Health” focuses on the intersection of public health and political science. Edited by GSL Senior Investigator Patrick Fafard, GSL Research Director Adèle Cassola and Evelyne de Leeuw, Professor at the University of New South Wales, this book bridges the divide between political science and public health, whilst simultaneously embracing the complexities and differences of both. Although public health is inherently political, the tools and insights of political science are often ignored in public health scholarship. Bringing together academics and researchers working at the intersection of both, the book demonstrates how integrating these fields can help reconcile the roles of politics and scientific evidence in policymaking. It also highlights the key conceptual, methodological and substantive implications for bridging this divide, and charts a path forward for a movement towards political science with public health.
Download the open-access book and chapters here.