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Renu Singh



Public Health Policy, Comparative Politics, Political Behavior, Global Governance, Political Economy of Health


As a political scientist and microbiologist by training, Dr. Singh aims to bridge the worlds of science and policy through her research on comparative social policy, global health security and governance, and the political economy of health. Her research has been published by the Journal of Health Politics, Policy and Law, BMJ Global Health, Foreign Policy Magazine, the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, and Duck of Minerva, among others.


Prior to joining HKUST, Dr. Singh was a Postdoctoral Fellow at the O’Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law at Georgetown, a Fulbright Fellow in Berlin, and a DAAD Scholar for the Helmholtz Zentrum and the Max Planck Institute for Social Law and Social Policy in Munich. She has also worked for the Environmental Investment Organization and LSE Enterprise in London, and for Senator Edward M. Kennedy in D.C.


Dr. Singh received her PhD and MA in Political Science from the Department of Government at Georgetown. She also has an MS in Public Policy and Administration from the London School of Economics and Political Science, and a BS in Microbiology and BA in Political Science (summa cum laude) from the University of Massachusetts Amherst.



Peer-Reviewed Publications:

Playing Politics: WHO’s Response to COVID-19.” (with Matthew Kavanagh and Mara Pillinger) in Coronavirus Politics: The Comparative Politics and Policy of COVID-19. Eds. Scott L. Greer, Elizabeth J. King, Andre Peralta, and Elize Massard da Fonseca. University of Michigan Press. 2021.

Understanding and Comparing HIV-Related Law & Policy Environments: Cross-National Data and Accountability for the Global AIDS Response.” (with Matthew Kavanagh, Ellie Graeden, Mara Pillinger, Stephanie Eaneff, Victoria Bendaud, Rico Gustav, and Taavi Erkkola) BMJ Global Health. 2020.

Democracy, Capacity, and Coercion in Pandemic Response – COVID-19 in Comparative Political Perspective.” (with Matthew Kavanagh) Journal of Health Politics, Policy and Law. 2020.

Other Selected Publications:

To Democratize Vaccine Access, Democratize Production.” (with Matthew M. Kavanagh, Mara Pillinger, and Katherine Ginsbach) Foreign Policy Magazine. March 1, 2021

Where has the world made progress in HIV Policy?LSE Blogs. January 26, 2021.

“Why public trust in the WHO matters.” LSE Blogs. May 19, 2020.

“Coronavirus and Prospects for Instability in Egypt.” (with Scott Williamson) Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. April 22, 2020.

“How the Coronavirus is Plaguing Autocracies and Democracies.” Duck of Minerva. March 10, 2020.