International Health Organizations (IHOs): The history for the future network


Following the award of an AHRC Research Networks Grant the organisers of the International Health Organizations (IHOs): The history for the future network are planning a further three meetings to follow the inaugural event in 2013 (see

The objectives of the network are

  1. To connect those researching all aspects of the history of IHOs,
  2. To stimulate new work in the field
  3. To grow relationships between historians and those involved in working in or with today’s IHOs in order to encourage the exchange of ideas and perspectives.

Shanghai workshop 2015

The next meeting is planned for 23-26 April 2015 and will be hosted at Shanghai University and co organised by the Centre for the Social History of Health and Healthcare (CSHHH) Glasgow at the University of Strathclyde and the David F. Musto Center for Drug Policy Studies at Shanghai University.

We are building on the original call for papers(see to seek papers that address the following issues:

  1. The origins, establishment and early functioning of IHOs and the drivers behind these.
  2. The reasons for the success or failure of organisations, programmes, interventions etc.
  3. The impact of wider contexts and conditions on IHOs, which may include such historical factors as the World Wars; modern imperialism, decolonisation and the establishment of nation; epidemic disease events; the Cold War and its end; changing global economic trends and systems.

Paper titles and abstracts should be submitted by Friday 19th December to and those to be invited to the meeting will be informed by Friday 16th January. Presentations will be for 40 minutes and complete papers should be submitted in advance of the meeting.