Sridhar Venkatapuram
Scholar in Residence Oktober 2011
USA / India

Venkatapuram Sridhar

Sridhar Venkatapuram is a Wellcome Trust Research Fellow in ethics at LSHTM and an Affiliated Lecturer at Cambridge University. From 2008 to 2011 he was a co-investigator on an ESRC-DFID research project with Sir Michael Marmot, Chair of the WHO Commission on the Social Determinants of Health.

Sridhar has been at the forefront of health ethics and global health for over twenty years. He was awarded an honours distinction for his undergraduate international relations dissertation on HIV/AIDS in the early 1990s at Brown well before HIV/AIDS was widely recognized as a global health and development issue; he was a pioneer of the health and human rights movement as the first researcher at Human Rights Watch to examine HIV/AIDS and other health issues directly as human rights concerns; and at the age of 25 he was supported by the Ford Foundation to provide human rights training to the first batch of Indian HIV/AIDS organizations. At Harvard, he worked with the late Arjun Sengupta, the Special Rapporteur on the Right to development in conceptualizing its philosophical and ethical framework.

He has worked as a consultant for a variety of international organizations including the Open Society Institute, the Population Council, and Doctors of the World-USA. He holds a number of degrees in a range of disciplines including international relations (Brown), public health (Harvard), sociology (Cambridge) and political philosophy (Cambridge). Sridhar has won numerous awards, scholarships, fellowships, and grants including exceptional cases where awards have been doubled. He was awarded a major research grant while he was still completing his PhD. In 2011 he was awarded the prestigious Wellcome Trust Research Fellowship which fully supports a fellow for three years to undertake their own pioneering research. He gives lectures on the philosophy and ethics of health and health inequalities around the world, has recently been elected a fellow of the RSA, and will be a fellow of the UK Parliament Office of Science & Technology in 2012.

His first book Health Justice: An argument from the capabilities approach is recently published by Polity Press.

It is based on over twenty years of global public health field experience, cutting edge philosophical research, and inter-disciplinary reasoning aimed to transform the way we think about public health and health policy, and puts health and health inequalities at the center of social and global justice theory and practice.