Dr Belinda Townsend

BA(Hon), BAppSc(Health), PhD
Research Fellow, NHMRC Centre for Research Excellence in the Social Determinants of Health
ANU College of Asia and the Pacific
T: +61 2 6125 6031

Areas of expertise

  • Health Policy 160508
  • Political Science 1606
  • Political Theory And Political Philosophy 160609
  • International Relations 160607

Research interests

Health governance


Global health

Trade and health

Intellectual property

Medicines governance

Political economy of health


Dr. Belinda Townsend is a Research Fellow at RegNet. She earned her PhD in political science at Deakin University and has undergraduate degrees in political science (Honours), anthropology and public health.

Belinda’s PhD thesis examined the history, conflicts and transformations in the evolution of global medicines governance over the last seventy years. Her thesis traced a pattern of forum-shifting by governments, firms, and globally networked non-government organisations in a battle of power and resistance over the norms and rules that shape global medicines governance.

The conceptual frameworks and findings of this research has informed her recent work on trade policy. She has published on the impact of trade agreements on health with a focus on medicines policy and the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement.

Belinda has served as a resource person on trade and health for the Public Health Association of Australia and has presented for a variety of audiences including community organisations, public forums, academic experts and trade negotiators.

She is working with the NHMRC Centre for Research Excellence in the Social Determinants of Health Equity with Professor Sharon Friel and colleagues on a project investigating agenda setting in public policy.


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