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Wednesday 3 and Thursday 4 October 2018

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Reverse knowledge innovation in global health and development.

This conference will explore the potential value of reversing traditional thinking about knowledge transfer and innovation in global health and development.

  • From: Wednesday 3 October 2018, 9 am
  • To: Thursday 4 October 2018, 5 pm
  • Registration: 9 am - 10 am
  • Location: Nottingham Conference Centre, Burton Street, Goldsmith Street, Nottingham, NG1 4BU
  • Cost: £185 Conference fee I £165 Student fee
  • Booking deadline: Tuesday 2 October 2018, 12.00 am
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Event details

This conference examines the potential for reversing knowledge transfer and innovation and explore notions of challenging traditional assumptions about the production and flow of knowledge within global health and development studies.

The concept of ‘reverse innovation’ has been gaining traction in global public health and development over the last few years. Increasingly it is an interdisciplinary and multi-contextual concept which deals with knowledge(s) transfer to potentially foster mutual learning between different actors, stakeholders and communities, what Crisp (2010) called ‘Turning the world upside down’. We seek to critically interrogate this emerging concept and its link to knowledge(s) innovation and flows and the cross-cutting social, economic and cultural spaces and practices it inhabits.

We will consider the contribution and role of social sciences in global health and development issues, how partnership models operate this concept and whether this potentially increases sustainability, what new knowledge/perspectives in global health and development are emerging and how these interface with traditional knowledge(s) and practice(s).

The objectives of the Conference

  • Extend understanding within social science, emerging perspectives on reverse innovation and knowledge transfer within the context of global health and development.
  • Highlight the research profile and experience of developing countries and their potential contribution to knowledge and practice innovation in developed countries.
  • Showcase the work of students and early career researchers within the sociology of global health and development.
  • Create opportunities for identifying potential international collaborations and networks.


  • Reverse knowledge innovation in global health and development


  • Role of social science in global health and development (social theories, political economy).
  • Partnership models: sustainability
  • Emerging knowledge/perspectives in global health and development: methods, commercial determinants of health
  • Traditional knowledge(s) and practice(s)
  • Knowledge translation to practice: (Barriers: lack of preventive measures, funding, prevention vs treatment etc.)

Key-note speakers

Speakers will include

  • Professor Rhoda Wanyenze - Associate Professor of Public Health and Dean of School of Public Health, Makerere University School of Public Health (MakSPH).
  • Julie Storr -  is a specialist in the prevention and control of infection within health care. Julie has worked as Project Manager of the WHO World Alliance for Patient Safety's First Global Patient Safety Challenge, Clean Care is Safer Care.
  • Professor Robert Dingwall - Professor in the School of Social Sciences, supporting research and professional development. He is also a consulting sociologist through his own company – Dingwall Enterprises.
  • Professor Jonathan Van Tam - Deputy Chief Medical Officer for England - the most senior adviser role on health and medicine to the UK government.
  • Professor Emilie Cloatre - a socio-legal scholar whose main research interests lie in the intersection between law and contemporary 'science and society' issues, including pharmaceutical flows, access to health, and the politics of climate change regulation.
  • Dr Kevin Love - School of Social Sciences, Nottingham Trent University.

Find out more about the speakers.

Call for abstracts

We invite you to submit abstracts for an oral presentation and / or a poster presentation to be delivered at the first international conference on reverse knowledge and innovation in global health and development. Please read the guidelines for the oral presentation and the poster presentation before you submit. Abstracts submitted will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

If you wish to take part in the poster presentation and / or oral competitions, please complete the Call for abstracts submission form and return to

The deadline to submit your poster presentation and / or oral presentation is midnight on Sunday 12 August 2018.* We will contact you with our decision by Friday 17 August 2018.

Download the Call for abstracts

MA Public Health Alumni bursaries

We are pleased to announce that a number of bursaries will be available to Nottingham Trent University MA Public Health Alumni submitting oral and poster presentations.

The deadline to submit your oral and / or poster presentation title is midnight on Sunday 12 August 2018. Abstracts will be reviewed and scored based on the guidelines on the Call for an abstracts document. We will contact you with our decision by Friday 17 August 2018. Full terms and conditions can be found here.

*Please note, there will be an accelerated decision on abstract submission from overseas’ presenters who may need visa to attend the conference. If this is applicable to you, please send your abstract as early as possible.


Day one - Wednesday 3 October 2018

9 am - 10 am Registration and refreshments
10 am Keynote one: Role of social sciences and theories in global health and development. Speaker one
10.45 am Presentation one
10.55 am Presentation two
11.05 am Panel discussion
11.30 am Keynote two: Emerging Knowledge and perspectives in global health and development. Speaker two
12.15 pm Presentation three
12.25 pm Presentation four
12.35 pm Panel discussion
1 pm Lunch and poster viewing
2 pm Keynote three: Traditional knowledge and practice. Speaker three
2.45 pm Presentation five
2.55 pm Presentation six
3.20 pm Panel discussion
3.40 pm Break, refreshments and poster viewing
3.55 pm Keynote four: Partnership models and sustainability. Speaker four
4.35 pm Presentation seven
4.45 pm Presentation eight
4.55 pm Panel discussion
5.20 pm Drinks reception and poster viewing
7 pm Dinner

Day two - Thursday 4 October 2018

9 am Registration and refreshments
10 am Keynote five: Knowledge translation to practice. Speaker five
10.50 am Presentation nine
11 am Presentation ten
11.10 am Panel discussion
11.35 am Break and refreshments
12 pm Prize giving for posters and oral presentations
12.20 pm The way forward - next steps. Speaker six
1 pm Lunch
2 pm Networking and close

Booking information

The cost of booking only covers your attendance at this conference, you'll be required to secure your own accommodation and transport.

Location details


Nottingham Conference Centre
Burton Street
Goldsmith Street


Parking is very limited in Nottingham City Centre, so we suggest you use one of the many Park and Ride services or the tram network.

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Travel Info:

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