Global Strategy Lab

Global Strategy Lab


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The Global Strategy Lab is concerned with  the most pressing global challenges. Directed by Steven J. Hoffman and based at York University and the University of Ottawa, the Lab focuses on three priorities:

1. Generate evidence about different global strategies including when, how and why they can be used to tackle transnational health threats and social inequalities

2. Develop new analytic, empirical and big data methods for evaluating complex global strategies and use them to draw new insights about how to implement global agreements, goals and policies

3. Translate research into evidence-based collective action by working with governments, civil society organizations and international agencies to develop their global strategies and train the next generation of strategic thinkers and leaders in global governance, law and politics


Research Streams

Global Antimicrobial Resistance

Antimicrobial-resistant pathogens arise from the overuse of antimicrobials in humans, agriculture, and the environment, rendering many existing antimicrobial treatments ineffective. Without concerted global collective action, the number of annual deaths due to resistant infections will continue to increase, as will the economic and social impacts of drug resistance.

In order to successfully address the threat of antimicrobial resistance, coordinated global action is needed to bring about new innovation, collaboration, and attention among global health actors and the public. The GSL works to bring the science of global strategy to bear on how to achieve the necessary level of global action.

Global Legal Epidemiology

Global legal epidemiology is the scientific study of international law as a factor in the cause, distribution and promotion of health around the world.

New treaties have often been proposed to address many global health issues, including chronic diseases, nutrition, research and development, and healthcare corruption. With so many calls for treaties, it is imperative that a closer look is taken at their overall potential effectiveness and value for the future. The GSL pioneers new approaches to evaluate existing treaties and inform the design of future international instruments.

Public Health Institutions

Numerous international, national, and sub-national institutions play a critical role in public health. However, relatively little research has been conducted on these public health institutions, and few existing studies draw on the rich body of research in political science, public administration, and international relations. Similarly, the existing literature on public health policy does not typically integrate the insights of political science and, in particular, the rapidly growing body of research on the complex role of science and scientific evidence in policymaking.

The GSL is bridging disciplinary divides to better understand today's public health institutions and advise governments around the world on how to design those capable of addressing tomorrow's challenges.


Project Lead

Steven Hoffman, Member of Faculty

Steven J. Hoffman is the Director of the Global Strategy Lab, a Professor of Global Health, Law, and Political Science at York University, and the Scientific Director of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research's Institute of Population & Public Health. He holds courtesy appointments as a Professor of Clinical Epidemiology & Biostatistics (Part-Time) at McMaster University and Adjunct Professor of Global Health & Population at Harvard University. He is an international lawyer licensed in both Ontario and New York who specializes in global health law, global governance and institutional design.

Updated information on all members of the GSL team can be found at globalstrategylab.org/team/investigators


Learn More

For more information about the Global Strategy Lab, visit globalstrategylab.org.


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