A conversation with Professor David Stuckler (Oxford University)

16 February 2016, 1 – 3pm (light lunch provided) at Gryphon Gallery, 1888 Building.

Date: Tuesday 16th February 2016
Time: 1.00-3.00pm, including a light lunch
Venue: Gryphon Gallery, 1888 Building, Parkville campus, University of Melbourne

Prof David Stuckler, Professor of Political Economy and Sociology at the University of Oxford and Research Fellow of the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine

Professor Stuckler will be visiting the University of Melbourne for a few days in February to present the annual McCaughey Oration. He has also agreed to participate in an informal conversation session with staff across the Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences. Early career researchers and students are particularly encouraged to attend.

Professor Stuckler’s recent books, The Body Economic: Why Austerity Kills (2013), and Sick Societies (2011) have garnered attention around world. In the Body Economic Professor Stuckler and his co-author, Dr. Sajay Basu, provide comprehensive analyses of the impacts of contrasting policy responses to historical and recent economic shocks, including the Global Financial Crisis. Their analyses show clear associations between austerity policies and increases in rates of death, disease and social distress in populations.

Drawing from the fields of social epidemiology; the political economy of global health and development; and comparative analyses of social welfare regimes, this work offers critical perspectives on contemporary public policy and civil society debates. In 2013 Professor Stuckler was named one of Foreign Policy’s Leading Global Thinkers and an article published in The Financial Times called his book “a powerful indictment of the unnecessary suffering and rising mortality rates associated with austerity policies unsoftened by remedial social programmes”.

Come along to listen and ask questions as Professor Stuckler discusses his work. This event is hosted by the Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences and is open to staff and students of the University of Melbourne.

To attend, please RSVP by Friday 12th of February 2016 at:


For more information, contact Dr. Deborah Warr: djwarr@unimelb.edu.au