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The Future of Equity Policy in Education and Health: Will Intersectoral Action be the Solution?

Paul Cairney, Remco van de Pas, Colette Chabbott, Moira Faul, Tammam Aloudat
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Many governments, international organisations, practitioners, and researchers express high rhetorical support for more equitable policy outcomes. However, the meaning of equity is vague, the choice of policy solutions is highly contested, and approaches to equity policy vary markedly in different policy sectors. In that context, it is common for policymakers to back up this equity policy rhetoric with a commitment to intersectoral action and collaboration inside and outside of government, described with terms such as holistic, joined-up, collaborative, or systems approaches to governance. At the same time, it is common for research on policymaking to highlight the ever-present and systemic obstacles to the achievement of such admirable but vague aims.

Recent reviews of equity policy and policymaking in two different sectors – health and education – highlight these obstacles in different ways. This online webinar will discuss the opportunities and challenges to intersectoral research, practice and policy in education and health.



  • Paul Cairney, Professor of Politics and Public Policy, Division of History, Heritage, and Politics, University of Stirling, UK
  • Remco Van de Pas, Senior Research Fellow and Lecturer in Global Health Policy, Institute of Tropical Medicine, Antwerp, Belgium
  • Colette Chabbott, International Education Program, George Washington University, USA
  • Moira V. Faul, Executive Director, NORRAG, Switzerland
  • Tammam Aloudat, Managing Director, Global Health Centre




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