Evaluating the governance of regional trade agreements in the Asia Pacific for health equity

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As regional trade agreements in the Asia and Pacific have expanded into domestic regulatory space, their potential impacts on health have intensified. Recent scholarship has produced robust evidence of the pathways by which trade can impact positively and negatively on health. What remains underexplored is the governance of trade policymaking which enables or constrains meaningful participation of health experts and civil society. This pilot project responds to this governance gap by exploring the perceived barriers and opportunities for engagement with trade policy processes as a mechanism for promoting greater attention to health impacts. Funded by Asia-Pacific Innovation Project, College of Asia and the Pacific, ANU (2018-2020).

Dr Belinda Townsend

Dr Belinda Townsend is a Research Fellow in the School of Regulation and Global Governance at the Australian National University. Dr Townsend has previously worked as a policy advocate in the...

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Society, safety and health

The Society, Safety and Health cluster has four research themes:

  • Policy processes and the social determinants of health inequities
  • Governance for health equity
  • Food systems, nutrition and climate change
  • Regulation and governance of health care systems

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