The 20th Century saw tremendous gains in health, as well as progress in the social and political lives of billions of people.

Global Health in the 21st Century, meanwhile, is deeply influenced by a constellation of factors, including: mass urbanization and a global population approaching 10 billion by 2050, climate change, growing socioeconomic inequity, increased digital and physical connectivity, political upheaval and migration, (re-)emerging infectious and chronic diseases, as well as local and global governance deficits that can cascade and ramify in unexpected ways.

Against this context that portends massive social, political and biospheric change, the key driving forces shaping Global Health in the 21st Century are complexity, connectedness, turbulence, and adaptability. It is in this context of emerging complex challenges – but also opportunities demanding transdisciplinary engagement – that York University has established the Dahdaleh Institute for Global Health Research (DIGHR).

In keeping with York University’s core values, the DIGHR is committed to the pursuit of equity and social justice. The DIGHR aims to be transdisciplinary and collaborative in its perspectives and methods, drawing from expertise among its six founding Faculties (Health, Engineering, Environmental Studies, Engineering, Education, Law, and Liberal Arts & Professional Studies). Contemporary global challenges mean that the DIGHR is seeking active partnerships with a range of actors locally, nationally and internationally to further research, teaching, policy and practice around the following themes: