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 systems are established 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 (human rights, equity, social justice, non-discrimination, participation) as well as by the best available evidence. The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted a wide range of inequities in how health systems operate, health technologies are made available, vaccines and other supplies are distributed, and communities are able to participate in the policies which affect their health and social wellbeing.
Fields of Research (FoR)Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander public health and wellbeing, Public health, Pacific Peoples health policy, Health equity, Human rights and justice issues (excl. law), Social determinants of health, Health systems, Health policy, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health policy, Development studies, Applied ethics
Professor Zwi is Professor of Global Health and Development in the School of Social Sciences at UNSW. He has a medical degree and PhD from the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa, and a Masters degree in epidemiology from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. He studied and then worked in London from 1986-2001 - at University College London, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, and North East...view more
Professor Zwi is Professor of Global Health and Development in the School of Social Sciences at UNSW. He has a medical degree and PhD from the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa, and a Masters degree in epidemiology from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. He studied and then worked in London from 1986-2001 - at University College London, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, and North East Thames Regional Health Authority. He was Head of the Health policy Unit at LSHTM from 1997-2000. In 2002 he was appointed the first Head of the School of Public Health and Community Medicine at UNSW and continued as Head for four years. In 2011 he moved from the Faculty of Medicine UNSW to the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (UNSW) where he deepened his teaching and research in development policy, gender based violence, human rights and social justice issues, often with a health-related angle. Professor Zwi focuses on global health and development policy and practice, as well as their interface(s) with equity, social justice and human rights.
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)
Equity, human rights and social justice
Civil society, health and development
Conflict, disasters, and humanitarian response
1. Labour migration, remittances and equity in Bangladesh
2. Indigenous knowledge and disaster justice - experience and insights from Nepal
3. Neglected global policy priority: the case of snakebite
4. Essential power supplies: Who and what regulates and guarantees supply to those whose lives depend upon it?
5. COVID-19 vaccine access and equity in Indonesia
Board Member (and former Board Chair), Aminata Maternal Foundation.
Member, Development Practice Committee, Acfid.
Associate, Australian Human Rights Institute.
The Lancet, editorial consultant 2005 to date; Associate Editor Global Public Health journal.
COMD5000 - NGOs and Development
COMD5002 - Human rights, development and global health
ARTS1750 - Introduction to Global Development
ARTS2752 - Local politics of development and humanitarian action