Global Vaccine Logics


Global Vaccine Logics Workshop

Date: June 12-16, 2017

Location: Halifax, NS

An international ethnographic data exchange workshop of anthropologists involved in Ebola clinical trials


Seven scholars with diverse knowledge of clinical trials and the West African Ebola epidemic were invited to Halifax for a week-long workshop. Driving discussions throughout the week was the concrete goal to collaborate on an anthropological response piece to the recent call for comments on the World Health Organization’s Global Vaccine Implementation Team (GEVIT) draft, due June 30, 2017.

The immediate result of workshop discussions was the white paper "Are we prepared for the 'unexpected' in the next pandemic?" [pdf-137 kb]. Workshop participants subsequently published the article "Prepared for the ‘unexpected’? Lessons from the 2014–2016 Ebola epidemic in West Africa on integrating emergent theory designs into outbreak response [Full text available here] in BMJ Global Health. 

Learn more about research conducted under the Global Vaccine Logics project



Workshop Speakers and Presentations




Paper: Unwinding the tick-tock on the Ebola clock: Interpreting the drama of experimentation and innovation through the production of parallel timelines

Le Marcis,Frédéric

Paper: Doing science in an emergency: Outcomes and pitfalls of a clinical trial in the Ebola outbreak

Peeters, Koen Chaired a discussion of the ethics review process, inviting fellow participants to evaluate the methodology of anthropology in the context of working with biomedically-minded review boards.
Maya Ronse

Paper: Blood as medicine: Reflections on an Ebola convalescent plasma trial.

Lorway, Robert

Paper: The trial that never happened: Community engagement, trial science, and the exclusion of social science.

Lees, Shelley

Paper: What is the role of social scientists in disease outbreaks?

Faye, Sylvain

Paper: Engaging with communities and anthropology in an Ebola clinical trial.

Graham, Janice Chaired a discussion of the ethical dilemmas and barriers regarding integration of ethnographic methods with clinical trial research. 



This workshop was funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research Grant PJT-148908, Global vaccine logics.