Navigating conflicting mandates and interests in the governance of the commercial determinants of health: The case of tobacco in Fiji and Vanuatu


Event details

PhD Seminar

Date & time

Friday 27 November 2020


Online via Zoom Webinar


Dori Patay


School of Regulation and Global Governance (RegNet)

This webinar is the final thesis presentation of PhD candidate Dori Patay.

The regulation of unhealthy commodities, such as tobacco, alcohol, and unhealthy foods and beverages requires the engagement of multiple government sectors to tackle noncommunicable diseases. However, the mandates of trade, industry, agricultural, and economic sectors do not always align with public health goals and such conflicts can be aggravated by the interests and influence of unhealthy commodity industries. Pacific Small Island Developing States face particular difficulties in negotiating such governance dilemma due to vulnerabilities arising from their size, geographic isolation, and low- and middle-income economies.

This webinar will analyse tobacco control in Fiji and Vanuatu and shed light on the interests, ideas, and institutions which shape the ways such countries govern the commercial determinants of health.

About the speaker

Dori Patay is an interdisciplinary scholar, specialising in regulation and governance, the commercial determinants of health, in Pacific Island Countries. Dori is currently completing her PhD at the School of Regulation and Global Governance (RegNet) at the Australian National University (ANU).

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