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Dr João Nunes
Senior Lecturer (International Relations)



João Nunes joined the Department in September 2014. Previously, he was a Research Fellow at the University of Warwick. He received his PhD and MSc from Aberystwyth University, and his first degree from the New University of Lisbon. He has held visiting positions at the Gothenburg Centre for Globalization and Development and the University of São Paulo.

João is the Co-Director of the University of York’s Centre for Global Health Histories,  a WHO Collaborating Centre.

His research on global health and Brazil’s health system has been featured in the University of York’s research pages and is also an impact case-study.

For further information on João’s publications, please see his Google Scholar profile.




João’s areas of interest are:

  • Global health: political and socioeconomic dimensions of health; neglected issues in global health; health security; community health programmes; primary healthcare; planetary health; health social movements; history of medicine and of international health.
  • Brazil: Brazilian politics; Brazil’s health policy; Brazil's initiatives of South-South cooperation, particularly in the areas of health and food security.
  • Security studies: security as emancipation; critical security studies.



João has worked on the following research projects:

  • Principal Investigator: Women's social movements and the response to Zika and microcephaly in Brazil: Addressing neglect through community-centered approaches, funded by a British Council Newton Fund Institutional Links
  • Principal Investigator: Developing the capacity and enhancing the public health impact of community health workers in Brazil, funded by the University of York’s ESRC Impact Accelerator Account.
  • Principal Investigator: Community Health Workers in Brazil and the Movement for Universal Health Coverage, funded by the Wellcome Trust.
  • Principal Investigator: Neglected Diseases: Addressing the Limits of the International Politics of Health, initially funded by The Leverhulme Trust.
  • UK Principal Investigator: Compulsory Licensing of Anti-retrovirals in Brazil: Lessons for Global Health Governance, funded by the British Academy Newton Fund.
  • Principal Investigator: Rethinking Emancipation in Critical Security Studies, funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC).
  • Co-investigator: The Brazilian Discourse of Food Security and the Remaking of World Politics.





Other teaching

Doctoral Supervision

João is interested in supervising PhD Candidates in the following fields:

  • Global health
  • Health security
  • Community health workers
  • Critical security studies
  • Brazilian politics (including Brazil’s health policy)

Prospective candidates are encouraged to contact João before applying to the programme. Further information about the Department of Politics PhD programme can be found here.


Contact details

João Nunes
Department of Politics
University of York
YO10 5DD

Tel: 01904 322322

Feedback and Guidance hours, Online appointments (Summer term) By appointment