Getting people in a room together to discuss, learn and network is invaluable to moving global health forward.

Join us at our seminal Global Health Research Seminar Series, where leading researchers in global health present their latest work and hold an open discussion. By exploring the best in current research, the series builds perspective on the direction of global health research more broadly.

We also host Journal Club, Lunch & Learns, guest lectures, panels, showcases, discussions, presentations, publication launches, film screenings and more.

All events are free, open to the public, and are BYOF (Bring-Your-Own-Food), unless otherwise noted.

For an archive of past events, click here.


Mark Terry Speaks at United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP25)
Dec 2 – Dec 7 all-day
Mark Terry Speaks at United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP25) @ Madrid, Spain

The UN Climate Change Conference COP 25 (2 – 13 December 2019) will take place under the Presidency of the Government of Chile and will be held with logistical support from the Government of Spain. SBSTA 51/ SBI 51 will take place 2-9 December 2019. The pre-sessional period is from 25 November - 1 December 2019. The President-Designate for the conference is Ms. Carolina Schmidt Zaldivar, Minister of Environment of Chile.

The conference is designed to take the next crucial steps in the UN climate change process. Following agreement on the implementation guidelines of the Paris Agreement at COP 24 in Poland last year, a key objective is to complete several matters with respect to the full operationalization of the Paris Climate Change Agreement.

Dahdaleh Institute Postdoc Mark Terry will be speaking on youth engagement through film at the Youth Climate Action Day on December 5, conducting a press conference on December 3, and presenting the winning videos for this year's Global Youth Video Competition.

York Faculty and Fellow Workshop on Critical Perspectives in Global Health
Dec 4 @ 9:30 am – 3:00 pm
York Faculty and Fellow Workshop on Critical Perspectives in Global Health @ Rm. 1005, Dahdaleh Building, York University

The purpose of this workshop is to discover, share, and support critical global health research that is taking place or planned at York, and that contributes to the themes of the Dahdaleh Institute for Global Health Research: 1) Planetary Health; 2) Global Health and Humanitarianism; and 3) Global Health Foresighting.

We seek a ‘critical social science with global public health’ that engages directly with global public health actors to transform public health, while remaining committed to social science theory and methodology. As a starting point, Professor James Orbinski will offer reflections on “Global Health Context Setting”, and a second session will reflect on “Critical Problem Solving in Global Health”. We will then invite other York Faculty and Fellows to offer brief “Five Minutes/2 Slides” presentations of their existing or planned research in Critical Perspectives in Global Health.

We hope to enable an open dialogue that may lead to new insights and research opportunities. Following the Workshop, the DIGHR will offer five research seed grants of up to $5,000 CAD each, to support the development of further research in Critical Perspectives in Global Health. These would be invited for presentation at a May 2020 Full Day DIGHR Workshop on Critical Perspectives in Global Health. This would encourage faculty to develop grant proposals over the 2020 summer for Fall Tri-Council (and other agency) grant deadlines.

Critical Perspectives in Global Health takes place December 4, 2019, 9:30am – 3:00pm. Lunch will be provided.


9:30 AM Registration and Coffee
10 AM Welcome
10:15 AM Global Health Context Setting
Dr. James Orbinski
10:45 AM Reflections on Critical Problem Solving in Global Health
11:15 AM Discussion
12 PM Lunch
12:45 PM 5minutes/2slides Rapid Presentations of Ongoing or Planned Critical Perspectives Research in Global Health
2:30 PM Seed Grants, Next Steps, and Wrap-up    
3:00 PM End 

Organizing Committee

James Orbinski
Eric Mykhalovskiy
Rhonda Ferguson
Sarah Flicker
Stephen Gill
Maggie MacDonald
Marina Morrow
Roger Keil


To attend, register by 10am on Thursday November 28th, 2019. Register at:

Report Back: COP25 & Internet Governance Forum
Jan 8 @ 12:30 pm – 2:00 pm
Report Back: COP25 & Internet Governance Forum @ Boardroom, Dahdaleh Institute for Global Health Research

November and December 2019 saw Dahdaleh Institute researchers at two major global events. At this seminar, they will share their experiences and insights garnered.

Global Health Foresighting Fellow Aria Ilyad Ahmad attended the 2019 Internet Governance Forum (IGF) in Berlin, where he hosted two panels, one of which was presented by the Dahdaleh Institute. Convened by the United Nations, the IGF serves to bring people together from various stakeholder groups as equals, in discussions on public policy issues relating to the Internet.

Postdoctoral Fellow Mark Terry attended COP25 in Madrid, Spain. Among the many activities he undertook while there, Dr. Terry premiered the film Happening to Us alongside the student filmmakers, a group of Inuit youth from Tuktoyaktuk, and presented awards to the winners of the Global Youth Video Competition.

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Report Back: COP25 Climate Change Negotiations
Jan 14 @ 11:30 am – 1:30 pm
Report Back: COP25 Climate Change Negotiations @ Accolade West, Room 307, YorkU

Members of York University’s largest delegation since COP15 Copenhagen will share their activities & discuss progress.

Panel 1: Governance, Indigenous and Student Voices Panel

With Idil Boran (LAPS), Angele Alook (LAPS), Matthew Hampson (LAPS)
Moderated by Ellie Perkins (FES)

Dawn Bazely (Science) on how to reduce your travel carbon footprint

Panel 2: Blockchain for Climate and Green Buildings Panel

With Kam Phung (Schulich), Joseph Pallant (Health) & Will Gagnon (Ecology North) via Zoom

Mark Terry (Dahdaleh Institute for Global Health Research) will screen Happening to Us, a film about climate change made by Inuit youth.

Embodied Ecological Heritage: Health, Happiness and Identity | Guest Lecture
Jan 22 @ 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm
Embodied Ecological Heritage: Health, Happiness and Identity | Guest Lecture @ Boardroom, Dahdaleh Institute for Global Health Research

A holistic definition of ‘health’ remains difficult to operationalize, despite decades of attempts by medical anthropologists and the World Health Organization to do so. Anthropologists routinely reject dichotomous notions – belief vs. knowledge, wellness vs. health, mental vs. physical, environment vs. self – yet our desire for physiological evidence of ‘health’ still persists.

In this talk, Dr. Baines asks what evidence would sufficiently demonstrate health, and explore the possibility of measures that move beyond the physiological. Presenting ethnographic data collected in indigenous Maya communities in Belize and in indigenous Belizean Garifuna communities in New York City and Los Angeles, she argues that ecological heritage practices can provide a lens through which to locate and collect evidence of health, holistically defined.

Developing a framework of ‘embodied ecological heritage’ (EEH), she discusses how communities and individuals communicate and measure health as part of everyday ecological activities, which they describe as ‘traditional’ or ‘heritage’ practices. Theorizing unexpected links and feedback loops, which cross temporal, spatial, and social boundaries, she asserts that health is connected to practice through tangible, embodied experience and that ethnography thus provides powerful evidence to understand and define it.

Kristina Baines is an Assistant Professor at CUNY, Guttman CC, Director of Anthropology of Cool Anthropology, and author of Embodying Ecological Heritage in a Maya Community: Health, Happiness, and Identity. She can usually be found considering how being on a particular patch of Earth affects our wellness, and she attempts to translate all those convoluted data so that humans can understand, use and, perhaps, even enjoy them.

Kristina has been formally trained in applied, sociocultural, ecological and medical anthropology at Florida Atlantic University (BA, MA), the University of Oxford (MSc) and the University of South Florida (PhD). Her interests include environment + health intersections, ecological heritage, phenomenology and educational anthropology. She has conducted research in Belize, Guatemala, Peru and South Florida.

Co-presented with the Department of Anthropology


Assessing Quality of Tuberculosis Care in South Africa Using Standardized Patients
Feb 5 @ 12:30 pm – 2:00 pm
Assessing Quality of Tuberculosis Care in South Africa Using Standardized Patients @ Boardroom, Dahdaleh Institute for Global Health Research

South Africa has the third highest burden of tuberculosis (TB) and the highest burden of TB-HIV co-infection globally. Efforts to curb TB have focussed on strengthening the public sector. Yet, a third of South Africans with active TB symptoms first seek care in the private sector where the quality of care remains poorly understood. In this talk, Angela Salomon will present an ongoing study (2017-2020) utilising the standardised patient (SP) methodology to determine how TB and TB-HIV are managed among private general practitioners (GPs) in an urban area of KwaZulu-Natal province. Eight healthy SPs underwent extensive training in typical TB case presentations and completed 220 unannounced visits with 96 consenting GPs. The results of these clinical interactions as a means to assess quality of care for TB and TB-HIV are presented in this talk.


Angie Salomon, MPH, is a medical student at Queen's University in Kingston, Ontario. She works with Assistant Professor Dr. Amrita Daftary (Global Health, York University) and is a research assistant with the McGill International Tuberculosis Centre. There, Angie conducts data management and analysis on a study of the quality of tuberculosis care in South Africa using standardized patients. She also performs a systematic review on interventions to improve linkage gaps along TB-HIV care cascades in low and middle-income countries.

Angie completed her MPH in Epidemiology at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto, where she explored quantitative and mixed-methods research in infectious diseases and maternal health, both at home and abroad. During this time, she worked with the Population Council in Abuja, Nigeria, assessing quality of antenatal care as it pertains to pre-eclampsia and eclampsia. She had previously worked with Grand Challenges Canada as a program assistant for Every Woman Every Child Innovation Marketplace.

Passionate about health equity, Angie works to measure and improve the quality of healthcare delivery locally and globally.