Dr Halina Suwalowska
Researcher in Global Health Bioethics
Halina is a Researcher in Global Health Bioethics at the Ethox Centre, Wellcome Centre for Ethics and Humanities (WEH) at the University of Oxford.
She is working with the Oxford-Johns Hopkins Global Infectious Disease Ethics Collaborative (GLIDE) and Epidemic Ethics (EE) network led by the World Health Organisation.
Her particular focus is on the ethical and social issues emerging in managing dead bodies during natural disasters and epidemics and the challenges experienced by frontline staff and ‘last responders’ when caring for the dead.
Before becoming GLIDE/EE fellow Halina was a postdoctoral researcher with Research capacity strengthening and knowledge generation to support preparedness and response to humanitarian crises and epidemics (RECAP), a partnership between universities in the United Kingdom, Sierra Leone and Lebanon, and some of the leading humanitarian NGOs
Halina is a sociologist. She completed a DPhil in Population Health at the Ethox Centre in 2020. Her doctoral research focused on the ethics and politics of implementing Minimally Invasive Autopsy (MIA) in low-income settings. The findings of her study inspired an art exhibition, ‘Beyond the body: a portrait of autopsy’ that has been shown in the UK and internationally.
Before joining the Ethox Centre, Halina worked at the Wellcome Trust in London. In 2015 Halina went on a 12-month secondment to the Oxford University Clinical Research Unit (OUCRU) in Vietnam and Nepal.
Halina is a member of the Global Health Bioethics Network.
Invisibility in global health: A case for disturbing bioethical frameworks
Alenichev A. et al, (2023), Wellcome Open Research, 8, 191 - 191
Navigating uncertainties of death: Minimally Invasive Autopsy Technology in global health
Suwalowska H. et al, (2023), Global Public Health, 18
The invisible body work of ‘last responders’ – ethical and social issues faced by the pathologists in the Global South
Suwalowska H., (2022), Global Public Health, 1 - 12
Ethical and sociocultural challenges in managing dead bodies during epidemics and natural disasters.
Suwalowska H. et al, (2021), BMJ Glob Health, 6
Research Funders Should Take the Field
Allen E. et al, (2013), Science, 341, 1452 - 1452