Corporations and Global Health Research Network (2012 - 2016)

COGHREN research meeting, Simon Fraser University, 2013

The Corporations and Global Health Research Network (COGHREN) brought together scholars who had undertaken research
into the role of for-profit actors, notably corporations, in global health governance.

Two workshops were held at the Faculty of Health Sciences, Simon Fraser University in Vancouver in 2012 and 2013. The first workshop,
The Research Programme on Global Health Diplomacy, was funded by the Rockefeller Foundation and led by Richard Smith and Kelley Lee
at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.

The second workshop, funded by the Canadian Institutes for Health Research (Planning Grant No. 126667) brought together academic researchers, graduate students and postdoctoral fellows, to discuss their findings and ideas. 

COGHREN outputs include Case Studies on Corporations and Global Health Governance: Impacts, influence and accountability 
(Kenworthy, MacKenzie and Lee, eds.), and Researching Corporations and Global Health Governance: An interdisciplinary guide
(Lee and Hawkins, eds.)

These books include analyses of tobacco industry strategies to influence global health governance and trade agreements, plans for expansion
in Southeast Asia, prospective involvement in smoking cessation though acquisition of electronic-cigarette manufacturers, and a guide to using
industry documents as a research resource.

Case Studies on Corporations and Global Health Governance

1. Introduction. Kenworthy NJ, MacKenzie, R and Lee, K.
2. Governing through Production: A Public-Private Partnership’s Impacts and Dissolution in Lesotho’s Garment Industry. Kenworthy, NJ.
3. Medicalisation and Commodification of Smoking Cessation: The Role of Industry Actors in Shaping Health Policy. MacKenzie, R and Hawkins, B.
4. The Influence of Food Industry on Public Health Governance: Insights from Mexico and the United States. Scott, AC, Knai, C.
5. Examples of Failures to Regulate Mining and Smelting Emissions and their Consequent Effects on Human Health Outcomes. Taylor, MP and George, S.
6. Informal Channels of Corporate Influence on Global Health Policymaking: A Mapping of Strategies Across Four Industries.
Suzuki, E and Moon, S.
7. How Corporations Shape our Understanding of Problems with Gambling and their Solutions. Cassidy, R.
8. Corporate Manipulation of Global Health Policy: A Case Study of Asbestos. Calvert, J.
9. The Entrenchment of the Public-Private Partnership Paradigm in Global Health Governance. Stevenson, M.
10. Trade and Investment Agreements: The Empowerment of Pharmaceutical and Tobacco Corporations. Schram, A and Labonté, R.
11. Health Policy, Corporate Influence and Multi-Level Governance: The Case of Alcohol Policy in the European Union. Holden, C and Hawkins, B. 
12. Tobacco Industry Strategies to Influence Global Tobacco Governance in Three Asian Countries. MacKenzie, R and Lee, K.
13. A Proposed Approach to Systematically Identify and Monitor the Corporate Political Activity of the Food Industry with Respect to Public Health Using Publicly Available Information. Mialon, M, Swinburn, B and Sacks, G.
14. Regulating Baby Food Marketing: Civil Society Vs Private Sector Influence. Wagner-Rizvi T.
15. Communities, Controversy and Chevron: Epidemiology in the Struggle over Contamination of the Ecuadorian Amazon. Brisbois, B.
16. Citizens United, Public Health and Democracy: The Supreme Court Ruling, its Implications and Proposed Action. Wiist, WH.
17. Conclusion. Kenworthy, NJ MacKenzie, R and Lee, K.


Researching Corporations and Global Health Governance

1. Corporations and global health governance: A research agenda. Lee K, Hawkins B and Wiist WH.
2. Political science. Hawkins, B.
3. International political economy. Eckhardt, J.
4. Social Policy. Holden, C and Farnsworth, K.
5. Historical analysis. MacKenzie, R.
6. Criminology. Michalowski, R.
7. Anthropology. Parker, RG and Kenworthy, NJ.
8. Public health. Wipfli, H and Mack, A.
9. Development Studies. Carnegie, M.
10. Media analysis and corporate communication. Kline, S.
11. Interviewing key informants from the corporate sector. Hawkins, B and Cassidy, R.
12. The role of ethnography in analysing corporations, Carrillo Botero, N.
13. Oral history. Stevenson, M.
14. Participation of corporations in international organizations. Derman, BB.
15. Studying the influence of corporations on democratic processes. Wiist, W.H.
16. Analysing corporate documents. MacKenzie, R and Holden, C.
17. Social media research methods. Freeman, B.
18. Making use of business and financial data. Lee, K.
19. Using freedom of information requests. Freeman, B.
20. Tracking down and using grey literature. Taylor, MP and Sullivan, M.
21. Legal and ethical considerations. Lee K, Hawkins, B, and Silva DS.
22. Developing a data management plan. Carrillo Botero N, and Fang J.