Harry Upton

Thesis Title:

Conceptualising “Health” at the United Nations Security Council


This project is concerned with tracking how health concerns in conflict zones have been approached by the United Nations Security Council (UNSC). Through tracking the language of UNSC Resolutions, (the formal expressions UNSC decisions), and the verbatim record (the word for word account of the statements made by Council Members) this project seeks to understand how health-related factors in conflict zones influence the decisions of the UNSC, and the development of concepts such as health and human security within its rationale. Crucially, this project seeks to evaluate the extent to which health-related social factors are prioritised in UNSC decision-making compared to others, such as economic and political factors.

First Supervisor:

Dr Mark Eccleston-Turner


Pathway 3: Health, Biopolitics & Social Inequality


Upton H, Hampton A, Eccleston-Turner M.R, ‘Accountability, transparency, and good governance: the WHO’s decision making during an emergency’ in Hartley S & Redhead C, “Decision-making in a time of crisis: ethics, law and governance?” (OUP, 2022) (accepted, in press)

Hampton A, Upton H, Eccleston-Turner M.R, ‘The WHO’s procurement of pandemic vaccines: private law by a public body’ in McArdle. S & Switzer. S (eds), Elgar Companion to the Law and Practice of the World Health Organization (accepted, in press) (Edward Elgar, 2021)

Eccleston-Turner M.R & Upton H, ‘The procurement of a COVID-19 vaccine in developing countries: Lessons from the 2009-H1N1 pandemic’ in Arrowsmith S, Butler L, La Chimia A (eds) “Public Procurement in (a) Crisis: global lessons from the COVID-19 pandemic” (Hart, 2021)

Eccleston-Turner M.R & Upton H, ‘International Collaboration to Ensure Equitable Access to Vaccines for COVID-19: The ACT-Accelerator and the COVAX Facility’ Milbank Quarterly (2021) https://doi.org/10.1111/1468-0009.12503