Brazil’s Struggle to Eradicate Non-Communicable Diseases
September 30 @ 1:00 pm - 2:15 pm
September’s LIDC Research Seminar is entitled ‘Brazil’s Struggle to Eradicate Non-Communicable Diseases: Junk Food Industry Power, Political Interests, and Civil Societal Response.’
Dr. Eduardo J. Gómez, Senior Lecturer, King’s College London, will discuss Brazil’s ongoing efforts to respond effectively to the challenge of obesity and type-2 diabetes in the country. This seminar focuses on the various political and social strategies that junk food industries have taken to hamper the government’s ability to introduce effective regulatory policies and safeguard the country’s most vulnerable population: children and the poor. It will close with a discussion about the long-term economic development consequences of industry interference and the ongoing rise of non-communicable diseases in Brazil.
About the speaker
Dr Eduardo Gómez is a Senior Lecturer in International Development and Emerging Economies. A political scientist by training, his research focuses on the role of institutional theory in domestic and international health policy. More specifically, his research explores how formal and informal institutional designs and change processes shape domestic government and international agency responses to disease. He has recently completed his first book titled, ‘Contesting Epidemics: How Brazil outpaced the United States in its Policy Response as well as a second book titled The De-Emerging Nations? Understanding Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa’s Struggle to Eradicate Disease.’
Prior to joining the Department of International Development, Eduardo was an assistant professor of public policy at Rutgers University in the USA, as well as a pre-doctoral fellow in the Politics and Governance Group of the Department of Global Health and Population at the Harvard School of Public Health. He has worked on a full-time basis for the RAND Corporation, the World Bank, the George Soros Foundation, and is a veteran of the US Air Force. Eduardo is also a term member of the Council on Foreign Relations.
He holds a PhD in political science from Brown University, an AM degree in International Relations from the University of Chicago, and a BA in Foreign Affairs from the University of Virginia.