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Sarah C. Hartley



Maternal and Child Health in Fiji 1945-1970: A Pawn in Decolonisation

Supervisor: Professor Sanjoy Bhattacharya



My thesis looks at how Maternal and Child Health policy was used as a pawn by colonial policy makers, inter-imperial, and the WHO and its regional offices during the decolonisation of British controlled Fiji. There is an extensive literature on the role that health policy played in colonisation, both in Fiji and empire wide, but the role that it played in colonial decolonisation strategies has been under-explored, especially how they related to the universalising ambitions of the WHO and its regional offices. I am particularly keen to understand the role that civil society organisations played as deal brokers between government and international organisations in this context. Alongside these main questions, I am interested in how racial and gender assumptions affected health policy decisions.

Papers and publications


  • Hartley, Sarah Clare. "Interweaving Ideas and Patchwork Programmes: Nutrition Projects in Colonial Fiji, 1945–60." Medical History 61, no. 2 (2017): 200-224.

Contact details

Ms Sarah Hartley
PhD student
Department of History
University of York
YO10 5DD