Range of areas related to international development (policy and practice) and its interface with global health (politics and policies). I am especially interested in development and health responses to disasters and conflict and to how they re-establish systems and policies in the aftermath of crises. I take a human rights and social justice approach to these issues and believe that global, national, and local policies should be informed by key values (equity, social justice, non-discrimination, participation, user engagement) as well as by the best available evidence.
Field of Research (FoR)
Professor Zwi focuses on global health and development policy and has interests in their interface with equity, social justice and human rights. He seeks to build partnership between Australia, the Asia-Pacific, and Africa and to promote capabilities in global health, development policy, and disaster planning, management and response. He currently leads a range of projects including one focused on human resources for health...view more
Professor Zwi focuses on global health and development policy and has interests in their interface with equity, social justice and human rights. He seeks to build partnership between Australia, the Asia-Pacific, and Africa and to promote capabilities in global health, development policy, and disaster planning, management and response. He currently leads a range of projects including one focused on human resources for health in public health emergencies and two realist reviews - one on Community Based Disaster Risk Management and the other on the Evidence for Effective Prevention of Sexual Violence in Conflict and Emergencies. He has worked most extensively in Timor-Leste (East Timor), but also has been involved with research and education activities in Sri Lanka, the Solomon Islands, Vietnam and Cambodia as well as worked in a number of countries in Africa. He is interested in understanding, and improving mechanisms, to facilitate evidence-informed health and development policy.
Professor Zwi is keen to build links between humanitarian relief and development organisations and academic institutions. He works on global health and development policy and related international aid issues. He has interests in injury and violence as public health problems. He heads a team which explored how health-related interventions in countries which have experienced disasters and wars could be more sensitive to culture, conflict, and to rebuilding trust and social cohesion. He and colleagues work on the ethics of research in conflict-affected settings, and the role of service providers and community members, including young people, in shaping and influencing research and responses to violent political conflict.
Broad Research Areas:
Global Health, International Development, International Aid, Disasters, Humanitarian Aid, Evidence-Informed Health and Development Policy, Development studies
MB.BCh, MSc, PhD, FFPHM, AFPHM
My Research Supervision
Areas of supervision
Global health (policy, practice and evaluation)
Global development (policy, practice and evaluation)
Evaluating humanitarian interventions
Civil society and health / development
Conflict, disasters, development, health
1. Feminisation of rural agriculture in Nepal - implications for food security
2. Post-disaster rebuilding - implications for gender equity and agency in Philippines
3. Drowning in Bangladesh and India - community-based interventions
4. Indigenous knowledge and disaster justice - experience and insights from Nepal
5. Forest and development policy in Nepal
Society Memberships & Professional Activities:
Member of Steering Committee - Health and Fragile States Network http://www.healthandfragilestates.org; British Medical Journal member of international editorial board 2002-2007; Social Science and Medicine Senior Editor for Health Policy 1995-2001 and Advisory Editor, 2001-2005; The Lancet, editorial consultant 2005 to date; Associate Editor Global Public Health journal; Member of Editorial Board Mental Health Policy and Systems.
COMD5000 – NGOs and Development
COMD5001 – International Development Policy
COMD5002 – Human rights, development and global health
COMD0506 – Special projects in development studies
Areas of HDR supervision:
Political transition and health in Burma
Adolescents, cultural diversity and sexual and reproductive health in Australia
Climate change and feminisation of agriculture in Nepal