Researcher in Global Health Bioethics
Halina is a Researcher in Global Health Bioethics at the Ethox Centre and the Wellcome Centre for Ethics and Humanities, University of Oxford. She is working on the Ethical preparedness of frontline workers in humanitarian crises (RECAP) project. 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.
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, where she conducted a qualitative study investigating the local academic climate as well as perceptions and barriers to undertaking science.
Halina is a member of the Global Health Bioethics Network.
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