Rebecca Richards

Thesis title: Global Health Emergencies, the shortage of healthcare professionals in Low- and Middle-Income Countries, and global justice: analysing the duties of high-income countries


Rebecca is a PhD student whose project examines what obligations High-Income Countries have to ameliorate the healthcare professional shortages in Low- and Middle-Income countries during Global Health Emergencies. In particular, she is interested if and what Iris Marion Young's Social Connection Model of Responsibility and conceptualisation of structural inequalities can contribute to re-framing High-Income country responses to the healthcare professional shortage and Global Health Emergencies as a matter of justice rather than charity. She is supervised by Dr. Agomoni Ganguli-Mitra and Dr. Elizabeth Cripps and is a recipient of a Edinburgh Law School & Cameron PhD Studentship.

Rebecca is also the Graduate Research Assistant on Dr. Ganguli-Mitra's Wellcome Trust Seed Award Project 'Vulnerability and justice in global health emergency regulation: developing future ethical models’. In addition to conducting background research, Rebecca manages the project website 'Justice in Global Health Emergencies' and produces the 'Just Emergencies' podcast.

Rebecca is a Postgraduate Representative on the Mason Institute Executive and is the PhD Representative for the Medical Law and Ethics Subject Area.

Rebecca's research interests include: global health justice, global justice, structural injustices, the medical brain drain, gender and global health, global health emergencies


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2016-2017: MA in the Philosophy, Politics, and Economics of Health (with Distinction), University College London

2012-2015: Bachelor of Arts (double major in Philosophy and Politics), University of Auckland

2011-2015: Bachelor of Health Science, University of Auckland


Undergraduate teaching

2016 , Teaching Assistant: POPLHLTH 204 – Health Care Ethics; Bachelor of Health Science; University of Auckland School of Population Health (New Zealand)

Postgraduate teaching

2020 - current, Supervisor: MSc International Animal Welfare, Ethics and Law; University of Edinburgh Royal School of Veterinary Studies

2020, Supervisor: LLM; University of Edinburgh School of Law

2020, Guest Lecturer: Ethics Session; Diploma in Tropical Medicine & Hygiene; Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine

2020, Online Support Tutor: Animal Ethics, Policy and Law; MSc International Animal Welfare, Ethics and Law; University of Edinburgh Royal School of Veterinary Studies

2019-2020, Guest Lecturer: Global Health Brain Drain; St. George's University of London

2019-2020, Marker: Animal Ethics, Policy and Law; MSc International Animal Welfare, Ethics and Law;        University of Edinburgh Royal School of Veterinary Studies

2018-2020, Support Tutor: 1) Fundamentals in Bioethics, 2) Biotechnology, Bioethics & Society;                             LLM (Online); University of Edinburgh School of Law