Isaac Weldon is a PhD Candidate in Political Science at York University. Before coming to York, Isaac completed a Master of Science in International Health Policy (with Distinction) from the London School of Economics and Political Science. He also holds a Bachelor of Arts (First Class Honours) in History, Political Studies, and Economics from the University of Manitoba.
Isaac’s research focuses on using political and social science methods to reveal strategies for improving how the world responds to global health challenges. He also researches how domestic public and social policy can be improved by addressing the political nature of knowledge use in policymaking.
Specifically, Isaac is working on applying critical approaches in political science to better understand the causes and consequences of today’s global health challenges; applying interdisciplinary (e.g., international relations, political economy, economics, history, law, and global governance) approaches to improve the global response to AMR by drawing lessons from past global challenges; and the politics of evidence use in policy making – where part of his research is focused on striking an appropriate balance in policymaking between technical concerns for good evidence use (using evidence appropriately to achieve desired outcomes) and political concerns for good governance (ensuring that those desired outcomes are determined and operate fairly).