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Professor Franklyn Lisk


Franklyn Lisk is a visiting Professorial Research Fellow at CSGR, where he is engaged in research and policy analysis on global health governance focusing mainly on HIV/AIDS responses and on the political economy of African development and in particular employment and labour market challenges and China-Africa relations. He is also involved in the activities of the Sub-Saharan Africa Research Network at the Institute of Advanced Study, and contributes to the teaching and graduate supervision in the Faculty of Social Sciences and Warwick Business School. He is also an Honorary Visiting Professor at the School of Social and International Studies, University of Bradford and a Senior Research Associate of the Center for Research on Political Economy (CREPOL) in Dakar, Senegal. He has recently provided consultancy and technical advisory services to the African Development Bank, Association for the Development of Education in Africa (ADEA), Africa Progress Panel, Geneva, North-South Institute, Ottawa, World Bank, UNDP, UNAIDS, UNIDO, bilateral donor agencies and African governments. He was a Professor Extraordinary at the Africa Centre for HIV/AIDS Management at Stellenbosch University in South Africa from May 2005 to November 2006, where he developed modules on the economic impact and labour market implications of HIV/AIDS for the post-graduate diploma and MPhil programmes. Prior to that, he worked with the Geneva-based International Labour Office (ILO) from 1974 until 2005, and held various senior positions including Senior Economist, Regional Adviser on Employment Policy for the Caribbean, Deputy Regional Director (Technical Programmes) for Africa, Director and ILO Representative to the United Nations, New York, and founding Director of the ILO Programme on HIV/AIDS and the World of Work. Before joining the ILO, he was a lecturer in Economics at Aston University and a Research Fellow at Birmingham University where he obtained a PhD.

He is the author of books, monographs and journal articles: his publications include (with A. Cooper, J. Kirton and H. Besada, eds.) Moving Peoples’ Health and Sovereignty in Africa (Ashgate, 2012); “Stimulating Private Participation” in K. Yumkella et al (eds.) Agribusiness for Africa’s Prosperity (UNIDO, 2011); Global Institutions and the HIV/AIDS Epidemic: Responding to an International Crisis (Routledge, 2010); (with Sophie Harman eds.) Governance and HIV/AIDS Responses: Making participation and Accountability Count ( Routledge, 2009); “Toward a new architecture of global governance for responding to the HIV/AIDS epidemic” in A. Cooper et al (eds.)World Apart? Exploring the interface between Governance and Diplomacy, (Palgrave Macmillan, 2008) ; (with D. Cohen) “Regional responses to HIV/AIDS: A Global Public Goods Approach” in N. Poku et al (eds.) AIDS and Governance ( Ashgate 2007).

Current Research

  • · Global Governance of AIDS response: Critical review and analysis of structures and mechanisms of  the architecture of global governance for AIDS response (global institutions, financial reforms, trade liberalization, TRIPS, labour standards and social responsibility); identifying shortcomings and weaknesses; and proposing changes toward a new architecture that would contribute to strengthening the capacity of developing and poor countries to respond effectively to prevention and treatment of AIDS and other infectious diseases; health as a global public good in an era of globalisation..
  • · Globalisation and sustainable development: analysis of the economic impact of globalization on developing countries (global poverty and inequality), and how to achieve fair and more balanced outcomes of globalisation; the need to integrate social concerns into the process of globalisation to support sustainable development and attainment of the Millennium Development Goals.
  • · Health systems and response to HIV/AIDS and other infectious diseases –realizing that the poor state of health systems in many developing countries is a major barrier to a comprehensive and effective response to HIV/AIDS and , in general, to increasing access to essential health care, this research looks at the health systems functioning and resources (financial, technical, human and educational) and their allocations. It highlights problems and gaps, including migration of health professionals (doctors and nurses) from the developing to developed countries; recognizes the urgent for a sustainable commitment n to strengthen health systems in developing countries; critically reviews proposals for improvements, in the light of what is needed to for sustainable impact on AIDS response and for achieving the Millennium Development Goals and against the background of a rapidly globalizing world and the challenges of this for developing countries.
  • Public policy, regionalism and the integration of African economies into the global economy: This research analyses the desirability of sound public policy and regional economic integration for confronting the challenges of multilateralism in areas of trade, finance, investment and aid flows. It examines institutional structures and arrangements for coordination of regional cooperation and governance of global institutions, and reviews prospects for effective South-South cooperation with particular reference to the emerging roles of China and India in bilateral relationships with African countries.
  • Public Services Reform in Sierra Leone: See research projects.