Amanda Shriwise

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Amanda Shriwise is an Adviser on Health Policy at the World Health Organization Country Office in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan. She is an Associate Member of the Department of Social Policy and Intervention at the University of Oxford (DSPI). She also has affiliations with the Department of Sociology at the University of Kansas in the United States and with the SOCIUM – Research Center on Inequality and Social Policy at the University of Bremen in Germany. 

Amanda’s academic and policy work is focused on understanding transnational policy problems and solutions of the past to inform how we address new and ongoing policy challenges in the present. Most recently, she was a Research Fellow in Political Economy of the Welfare State at the SOCIUM, where she worked with Prof Dr Carina Schmitt on a European Research Council-funded project on ‘The Legacy of Colonialism: Origins and Outcomes of Social Protection’. Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, she worked with the WHO European Office for Investment for Health and Development in Venice, Italy to understand and assess the impact of the pandemic on health inequities, with a particular focus on mental health, social inclusion and young people aged 18-29. Previously, she was the editor of the Global Social Policy Digest in the peer-reviewed journal Global Social Policy, a Research Fellow in Transnational Social Protection at Harvard University, a consultant at the WHO Regional Office for Europe in Copenhagen, Denmark, and a Staff Assistant at the United States Department of Health and Human Services in Washington, D.C. 

Amanda holds a DPhil and MPhil from DSPI, and a Bachelor of Arts in Dance from the University of Kansas. Her MPhil thesis focused on attempts to achieve universal health coverage through the expansion of social health insurance systems in Ghana and Rwanda. Her DPhil thesis focused on the use of social policy as a tool of foreign policy by hegemonic powers, with a dissertation fellowship from the Harry S. Truman Presidential Library Institute. 

  • Schmitt, C. and Shriwise, A (2023) ‘The Great War and the Warfare-Welfare Nexus in British and French West African Colonies,’ forthcoming in Social Science History. 

    Shriwise, A. (2022) ‘Social Policy and Britain’s 1929 Colonial Development Act,’ in Nullmeier, F., González de Reufels, D., and Obinger, H. (eds) International Impacts on Social Policy: Short Histories in Global Perspective, Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, p.p. 73-87,

    Aragón de León, A., Shriwise, A., Tomson, G., Morton, S., Lemos, D. S., Menne, B., and Dooris, M. (2021) ‘Beyond building back better: imagining a future for human and planetary health,’ Lancet Planetary Health, 5(11): E827-39,   

    Vracko, P., Shriwise, A., Lopez-Acuna, D., Johansen, A. (2021) ‘Strengthening the primary health care response to COVID-19: an operational tool for policymakers,’ Primary Health Care Research & Development, 22, E81,

    Shriwise, A. (ed) (2021) ‘Global Social Policy Digest 21.1: An equitable and sustainable recovery from COVID-19?’, Global Social Policy, 21(2): 153-82,

    Atanasova, S. and Shriwise, A. (2021) Health inequity and COVID-19 in North Macedonia: Investing in health and well-being for a fairer and more equitable future for all, Copenhagen: WHO Regional Office for Europe,

    Goldblatt, P., Shriwise, A., Yang, L., Brown, C. (2020) Health inequity and the effects of COVID-19: assessing and mitigating the socio-economic impact on health to build a better future, WHO European Office for Investment for Health and Development, Venice, Copenhagen: WHO Regional Office for Europe,

    Shriwise, A. (ed) (2020) ‘Global Social Policy Digest 20.3 and COVID-19: Global social or “corona” policies and governance?,’ Global Social Policy, 20(3): 412-49,

    Shriwise, A., Kentikelenis, A., and Stuckler, D. (2020) ‘Universal Social Protection: is it just talk?’, Sociology of Development, 6(1): 116-144,

    Shriwise, A. (2020) ‘Advancing Transnational Approaches to Social Protection in the Global South, in C. Schmitt (ed) From Colonialism to International Aid: External Actors in Social Protection in the Global South, Basingstoke: Palgrave, p.p. 19-42,

    Menne, B., Aragon de Leon, A., Bekker, M., Mirzikashvili, N., Morton, S., Shriwise, A., Tomson, G., Vracko, P., and Wippel, C. (2020) ‘Health and well-being for all: an approach to accelerating progress to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in countries in the WHO European Region,’ European Journal of Public Health, 30 (Supplement 1): i.3-i.9,

    Zuidberg, M. R. J., Shriwise, A. de Boer, L. M., and Johansen, A. S. (2020) ‘Assessing progress under Health 2020 in the European Region of the World Health Organization,’ European Journal of Public Health, ckaa091,

    Kentikelenis, A. and Shriwise, A. (2016) ‘International Organizations and Migrant Health’ Public Health Reviews, 37(19),

    Shriwise, A. and Stuckler, D. (2015) ‘Towards Social Protection for Health: An Agenda for Research and Policy in Eastern and Western Europe’, Public Health Panorama – Journal of the World Health Organization Regional Office for Europe, 1(2): 43-53,