Tine Hanrieder heads the research group "Global Humanitarian Medicine" at the WZB Berlin Social Science Center, which investigates expert hierarchies in the field of global health. Her project "Medical Internationalisms and the Making of Global Public Health (Dr.GLOBAL)" is funded by the Volkswagen Foundation in the frame of a Freigeist Fellowship. It examines the internationalization of the medical professions in France, Cuba and the USA and while focusing on how care models from the Global South are applied and reinterpreted by professional groups in the Global North.
Dr. Hanrieder, how strongly does the coronavirus pandemic affect your research?
Well, otherwise I would be visiting archives and attending conferences in the USA. This kind of research, though, has no longer been possible for 2 months or so. Instead, there are currently many webinars and online forums and meetings where the various expert communities and professional groups come together.
On the positive side, the topic of "global health policy" is suddenly on everyone’s lips – but this window of opportunity will soon close again.