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Book Launch: ‘Critical Reflections on Public Private Partnerships’

05/02/2021 @ 1:30 pm - 3:15 pm

LIDC is delighted to invite you to  the launch of :

‘Critical Reflections on Public Private Partnerships’

Edited by Jasmine Gideon (Birkbeck Geography Department and Elaine Unterhalter (Institute of Education, University of London.)


About the Event:

COVID 19 has emphasised the need to look carefully at Public Private Partnerships (PPPs) and the ways in which PPPs are being used as a response to many of the challenges resulting from the pandemic.

What are the challenges for PPPs? Should we be concerned about the role being assigned to PPPs in the post-COVID landscape in terms of ‘building back better’ agendas? What does this mean for inequalities?

Join  the authors and Philip Alson, John Norton Pomeroy Professor of Law at New York University School of Law and UN Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights,  in a discussion of the ways in which PPPs have operated across different sectors and the implications of what we know from this history for assessing their use as a response to many of the challenges resulting from the pandemic

Date: 5 February

Time: 1.30pm GMT

Location: Online. Registration via this link is mandatory*:

More about the Event:

The studies in this newly-published book argue that despite the hype within many policy circles, there is little evidence to support the presumed benefits of Public Private Partnerships (PPPs) in reducing poverty and addressing inequalities in the provision of and access to public services. The book adopts a cross-sectoral comparative approach to investigate how PPPs have played out in practice, and what the implications have been for inequalities.

Join the conversation about the ways in which PPPs have operated across different sectors, and to consider the potential implications of the future role of PPPs.  Sign up now, here

Special offer: From 28 January to 12 February inclusive, use code CRPPP21 at the checkout for a 30% discount on the purchase price of this book. After 12 February, use the same code for a 20% discount. To take advantage of this offer click here: this offer does not apply on other websites.

About the Speakers:


Philip Alston is a Director and Chair of the Center for Human Rights and Global Justice. He is an international lawyer whose research and teaching interests focus primarily on human rights law and the law of international organizations.

Philip served as the UN Human Rights Council’s Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights from 2014-2020. He was previously UN Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary, or arbitrary executions from 2004 to 2010 in which capacity he undertook numerous fact-finding missions. Philip has been Editor-in-Chief of the European Journal of International Law since 1996 and prior to that was the Co-Editor of the Australian Yearbook of International Law. He co-founded the Australian and New Zealand Society of International Law and was founding Vice-President of the European Society of International Law.  He was the first Rapporteur of the United Nations Committee on Economic, Social, and Cultural Rights. In 2002 he was appointed Special Adviser to the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights.


Sonia Languille works with the Education Program at the Open Society Foundations where she oversees the program’s work to support refugees’ access to higher education and knowledge production in the global South. She is also a research fellow at the Centre for Education and International Development at the Institute of Education (University of London). Her research interests center on the relationship between the state and the market in education, and more generally, on the political economy of education finance in sub-Saharan Africa. She also has 20 years of professional experience as a development practitioner. She worked for various aid agencies in the fields of state reform and decentralization, education policy and public finance. Sonia holds a PhD in development studies from the School of Oriental and African Studies (University of London).


Rama Baru is a Professor at the Centre of Social Medicine and Community Health, Jawaharlal Nehru University.  She has taught the Masters in Public Health, Mphil and PhD programmes  in the Centre for 25 years and is an honorary fellow with the Institute of Chinese Studies and an honorary professor at India Studies Centre, Central China Normal University, Wuhan, China.  Her research focus is on social determinants of health, health policy, international health, privatisation of health services and inequalities in health.  She is the author of several texts, her latest being a co-authored book (with Madhurima Nundy) ‘ Commercialisation of Medical Care in China: Changing Landscapes.’ She has published extensively in journals and contributed to several edited volumes.  She was awarded the Balzan Fellowship by the University College, London and the Indo-Shastri Canadian Fellowship, Yusuf Hamied Fellowship at the Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University, New York.

Dr Baru serves on numerous research committees in the Indian Council for Medical Research, Department of Health Research and the All India Institute of Medical Sciences.


María José Romero is a PhD candidate in Development Economics at SOAS University of London. Her research project is on the global promotion of public private partnerships (PPPs) in health and education.

Since 2012 she has worked for the European Network on Development (Eurodad), a Brussels-based non-governmental organisation, as a Policy and Advocacy Manager on publicly-backed private finance and development finance institutions. This includes extensive work on PPPs and blended finance at the European and global level. She has a Master’s degree in political science from                                                  the University of the Republic of Uruguay.


Jasmine Gideon is a Reader in Gender, Health, and International Development in the Department of Geography, Birkbeck, University of London.  Her current research focuses on the gendered implications of contemporary trends in privatisation of healthcare including PPPs. She was the Principal Investigator on an ESRC Global Challenges Research funded strategic network ‘Equalities in Public Private Partnerships’ (EQUIPPPs). Recent publications include Motherhood, Social Policies, and Women’s Activism in Latin America (2020, co-edited with Alejandra Ramm) and International Handbook on Gender & Health (2016), as well as several articles in peer-reviewed journals including ‘Public-private partnerships in sexual and reproductive healthcare provision: establishing a gender analysis’, Journal of International and Comparative Social Policy (2017, with Benjamin F Hunter and Susan Fairley Murray).


Elaine Unterhalter is Professor of Education & International Development at UCL Institute of Education and Co-Director of CEID. She has written extensively on addressing intersecting  inequalities in education and  has led research projects looking at gender and education change in a number of countries in Africa and South Asia.




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