Sophie Harman is a Reader in International Relations with a research focus in the political economy of global health governance and international institutions. She is particularly interested in the global politics of HIV and AIDS and has conducted a range of research in this area that has explored the World Bank, financing and development assistance, the state and civil society in East Africa, cash transfers and gender. She has published her research in a number of academic articles and books, most notably Global Health Governance, The World Bank and HIV/AIDS, Governance of HIV/AIDS, and African Agency and International Politics.
Her recent research on the politics of Ebola has been published in international media such as The Guardian, The Independent, The Conversation and OpenDemocracy. She has worked as a consultant to the World Health Organisation and is a trustee of the Tanzanian-based HIV/AIDS charity Trans Tanz. She is co-convenor of the BISA Global Health working group and is executive committee member of the ISA Global Health section.
Sophie is based in the School of Politics and International Relations, Queen Mary University of London where she teaches Global Health Politics, Global Governance, and Africa and International Relations. Prior to this she has worked at City University London and the University of Warwick. She has a BSocSci (Hons) Politics, MA (Research) International Political Economy, and PhD from the University of Manchester.
Her current research project involves the production of a documentary film and graphic novel on the everyday risk of accessing treatment and care for people living with HIV/AIDS in Tanzania.