Jonathan Suk is a part-time PhD student. He is currently Scientific Officer with the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC), an EU Agency based in Stockholm. Based in the ECDC's Scientific Advice Unit, he is working primarily on projects related to climate change, social inequalities and changing patterns of communicable disease spread in the EU.
His PhD research the emerging governance responses aimed at preventing the spread of emerging and re-emerging infectious diseases such as avian influenza, HIV, BSE and antibiotic-resistance tuberculosis.
The particular focus of the research will be on understanding how key actors in health governance (e.g. WHO, EU, Ministries of Health, Ministries of Agriculture, NGOs) construct and respond to the risks posed by infectious diseases and how these actors co-ordinate activities amongst themselves.
Utilising the constructivist approach of science and technology studies (STS) and linking this with the political science literature on governance, this research will focus on the increased emphasis on disease surveillance, which relies heavily upon epidemiological models of disease as well as the standardisation and validation of scientific knowledge about infectious diseases.
In doing so, this research will contribute to academic and policy spheres about global disease surveillance (Grein, Kamara et al. 2000), global health governance (Kickbusch and Buse 2001; Dodgson, Lee et al. 2002; Fidler 2004), analyses of the governance of science and risk (Beck 1992; Jasanoff 1990, 2004; Jasanoff and Wynne 1998; Star & Bowker, 1999), and discussions of the engagement between STS and politics (Jasanoff 1996; Wynne 1996; Radder 1998).
Jonathan has previously spent five years working in the biotechnology industry, where his last role was as a manager for a NASDAQ-traded company.He has a BSc in Microbiology & Immunology from McGill University and an MSc in Science & Technology Studies from the University of Edinburgh.
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