Governance of Transnational Global Health Research Consortia and Health Equity

Bridget Pratt, Adnan A. Hyder

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Global health research partnerships are increasingly taking the form of consortia of institutions from high-income countries and low- and middle-income countries that undertake programs of research. These partnerships differ from collaborations that carry out single projects in the multiplicity of their goals, scope of their activities, and nature of their management. Although such consortia typically aim to reduce health disparities between and within countries, what is required for them to do so has not been clearly defined. This article takes a conceptual approach to explore how the governance of transnational global health research consortia should be structured to advance health equity. To do so, it applies an account called shared health governance to derive procedural and substantive guidance. A checklist based on this guidance is proposed to assist research consortia determine where their governance practices strongly promote equity and where they may fall short.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)29-45
Number of pages17
JournalAmerican Journal of Bioethics
Issue number10
StatePublished - Oct 2 2016


  • ethics
  • global justice
  • health equity
  • research collaboration
  • research consortia
  • shared health governance

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Issues, ethics and legal aspects
  • Health Policy


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