Training workshop for graduate students: Using social science to understand the healthcare economy

Using social science to understand the healthcare economy

Training workshop for graduate students

4-5 May 2018, Boğaziçi University-İstanbul

Workshop information:

Boğaziçi University Social Policy Forum, in collaboration with the Department of International Development at King’s College London and with the financial support of the British Academy for Social Sciences and Humanities, cordially invites graduate students in social sciences to apply for a two-day health policy research-training workshop. The workshop will cover different social science approaches to understand and analyse the healthcare economy and will provide a platform for knowledge exchange and scholarly discussion among graduate students in social sciences specialized in health policy issues. The workshop will be led by Professor Susan Fairley Murray -the Head of Department of International Development at King’s College London- and Dr. Benjamin Hunter -Teaching Fellow at King’s College London. This workshop is organized as part of the British Academy Newton Advanced Fellowship granted to Dr. Volkan Yılmaz, the Director of Social Policy Forum Research Centre at Bogazici University.

Time: 4-5 May 2018, between 10.00-17.00

Location: Boğaziçi University, South Campus Nafi Baba Building, Room 103

Instructors: Susan Fairley Murray and Benjamin Hunter

Language: English

Participant profile: This workshop is designed to support master’s or PHD students in social sciences enrolled in a university in Turkey, who is specialized in broadly defined health policy issues. No translation services will be provided in the workshop, so competency in English language is required.

Application process: Updated CV and 1-A4 page Statement of Purpose which is expected to include applicant’s motivation(s) to participate in this workshop and his/her research agenda in health policy issues. To apply, these documents must be sent to until 17:00 on May 2nd, 2018. Successful candidates will be notified the next day.




Using social science to understand the healthcare economy

Postgraduate training workshop

4-5 May 2018, Istanbul

May 4

10:00-11:00 Introductions. The global healthcare economy and the contribution of social science to its understanding

11.30-13.00 Evaluative research, rigour and its limitations

15:30-17:00 Private health insurance as an institution of governance: a sociological perspective ‘Work in progress’ seminar by Professor Fairley Murray


May 5

10:00-11:30 People in the healthcare economy

12:00-13:30 Place and the healthcare economy

15:00-17:00 Student presentations. Discussion on doctoral training.


The global healthcare economy and the contribution of social sciences

This session introduces features of the contemporary global healthcare economy, including the circuits of people and money that have extended globally and the drivers of commodification and international trade in health-related services. We consider why social science research is important in this area.


Required reading

Murray SF, Bisht R, Baru R, Pitchforth E. 2012. Understanding health systems, health economies and globalization: the need for social science perspectives. Globalization and Health, 8:30


Further optional reading

Connell J. 2013. Contemporary medical tourism: Conceptualisation, culture and commodification. Tourism Management, 34:1-13

Connell J, Walton-Roberts M. 2015. What about the workers? The missing geographies of health care. Progress in Human Geography, 40(2): 158-76




Evaluative research, rigour and its limitations

This session considers the role of evaluative research in health policy research. Using the example of mixed-method systematic reviews on demand-side financing the session examines the rationale and methods for assessing ‘rigour’ in health policy analysis. The session scrutinises the limited scope of such studies and the important questions that ultimately go unasked.


Required reading

Hunter B, Murray SF, Bick D, Ensor T, Bisht R. 2011. Demand-side financing measures to increase maternal health service utilisation and improve health outcomes: a systematic review of evidence from low- and middle-income countries. Working paper

Adams V. 2013. “Evidence-Based Global Public Health: Subjects, Profits, Erasures”, in Biehl J, Petryna A (eds.) Critical studies in global health. Princeton University Press


Further optional reading

Gideon J, Hunter BM, Murray SF. 2017. Public-private partnerships in sexual and reproductive healthcare provision: establishing a gender analysis. Journal of International and Comparative Social Policy, 33(2): 166-80

Hunter BM, Murray SF. 2017. Demand-side financing for maternal and newborn health: what do we know about factors that affect implementation of cash transfers and voucher programmes? BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth, 17:262

Storeng K, Behague D. 2014. “Playing the Numbers Game”: Evidence-based Advocacy and the Technocratic Narrowing of the Safe Motherhood Initiative. Medical Anthropology Quarterly, 28(2): 260-79



People and the healthcare economy

This session focuses on studying the role of people in the healthcare economy. We will consider the value of detailed qualitative research for studying how people understand and perform activities in and around healthcare systems, and some of the challenges involved. Our attention then turns to the framework approach and its potential for targeted data analysis. Detailed qualitative research on a health voucher scheme in Uttar Pradesh, India, is used as a case study to show the ways in which a health policy can be varyingly interpreted and enacted by people according to their personal histories and strategies.


Required reading

Biehl JG. 2007. Pharmaceuticalization: AIDS Treatment and Global Health Politics. Anthropological Quarterly, 80(4): 1083-1126

Pope C, Ziebland S, Mays N. 2000. Analysing qualitative data. BMJ, 320(7227): 114-6


Further optional reading

Holliday et al. 2015. Brief encounters: Assembling cosmetic surgery tourism. Social Science & Medicine, 124: 298-304

Hunter BM. 2018. Brokerage in commercialised healthcare systems: A conceptual framework and empirical evidence from Uttar Pradesh. Social Science & Medicine202, 128-135

Nading AM. 2013. “Love isn’t there in your stomach”: a moral economy of medical citizenship among Nicaraguan community health workers. Medical Anthropology Quarterly, 27(1), 84–102


Place and the healthcare economy

This session introduces the concept of place from the perspective of sociology and cultural geography. We consider how these ideas can help us to analyse and understand the changing healthcare delivery scenario in middle-income countries in an era of neoliberalisation. The case study draws on policy and consultancy documents, marketing materials and online press media to examine the imaginary of the ‘medicity’ in the context of India, and its links to domestic and global political economy of healthcare and global circuits of capital.


Required reading

Murray SF, Bisht R, Pitchforth E. 2016. Emplacing India's “medicities”. Health & place, 42, 69-78.

Further optional reading

Gieryn T F. 2000 A Space for Place in Sociology Annual Review of Sociology 26: 463-496


Lefebvre B. 2008. The Indian corporate hospitals: touching middle class lives, in

Jaffrelot C and van der Veer P (eds) Patterns of middle class consumption in India and China. SAGE Publications


Martin D et al. 2015. Architecture and health care: a place for sociology. Sociology of Health and Illness, 37(7): 1007-22


Kearns RA, Barnett JR, Newman D. 2003. Placing private health care: reading Ascot hospital in the landscape of contemporary Auckland. Social Science and Medicine, 56:2303-15




Dr Volkan Yilmaz is Assistant Professor of Social Policy in the Institute for Graduate Studies Social Sciences and the Director of Social Policy Forum Research Centre at Bogazici University. His research examines the politics of social policy reform, with particular interest in the healthcare sector.


Dr Susan Fairley Murray is Professor of Health, Society and Development and Head of the Department of International Development, King’s College London. She is an interdisciplinary social scientist working at the interface of Sociology, Public Health and International Development Studies. Her research examines the moral economy of healthcare markets and how health systems can generate or prevent health and wider social goals.


Dr Benjamin Hunter is Teaching Fellow in Development Studies at King’s College London. His teaching and research interests relate to healthcare policies and systems in emerging economy countries, and in particular the idea of healthcare markets. His work examines how market theories are promoted in the health sector, and the systems and inequities that ensue.


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5 – 6 June 2015

Senate Room, Rectorate Building

5 June 2015

Opening Remarks (09.30 – 09.50)

Ali Tekcan, Provost, Bogazici University

Ayşe Buğra, Director, Social Policy Forum


Social Policy, the Changing World of Labour (09.50 – 11.15)

Nick Ellison (University of York) “The End of 'Solidarity'? (Neo)liberalisation in European labour Markets”

Theo Papadopoulos (University of Bath) “Democracy and Social Policy: Labour, Austerity and the Decline of the European Social Model”

Moderator: Volkan Yılmaz (İstanbul Bilgi University and Bogazici University)


Coffee Break (11.15 – 11.30)


Globalization, Crisis and Social Policy Today (11.30 – 13:00)

Alexandra Kaasch (University of Bielefeld) “The New Politics of Crisis Management: Global voices on the role of social policies”

Andrew Fischer (International Institute of Social Studies, Erasmus University Rotterdam)

Moderator: İpek Göçmen (Boğaziçi University) “Conceiving of Universalism in Social Policy for Global Application beyond Welfare State Typologies”


Lunch (13.00 – 14.30)


Welfare Regime Change and New Patterns of Social Exclusion: Views from Turkey (14.30 – 16.00)

Ayşe Buğra (Bogazici University), “Rethinking unequal citizenship in a late industrializing country”

Başak Ekim Akkan (Bogazici University and University of Utrecht), “Contested boundaries of the welfare mix in Turkey: Supported familialism in a Mediterranean context”

İpek Göçmen (Bogazici University) and Volkan Yılmaz (Bogazici University and Bilgi University), “Social exclusion of LGBTI individuals at the intersection of heterosexism and familialism”

6 June 2015

Roundtable: Teaching Social Policy Today (10.00 – 12.00)


Lunch (12.00 – 13.00)


* The workshop will be in English. There will not be any simultaneous translation.


Türkiye’de Sağlık Sisteminin Dönüşü

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Akdeniz Ülkelerinde Kadın İstihdamının Tarihsel Değişimi

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Türkiye’de Demografik Dönüşüm: Yaşlanan bir Toplumun Karşı Karşıya Olduğu Sorunlar Üzerine Birlikte Düşünmek

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Sonuç raporu için tıklayınız.

Uluslararası Antlaşmalar ve Sosyal Haklar

Yoksulluk ile Mücadele Ağı Atölye Çalışması

Uluslararası Antlaşmalar ve Sosyal Haklar

5 Nisan 2008, Cumartesi

Bilgi Üniversitesi Dolapdere Kampüsü

Oda No: 215



10:30-12:30                Sunuş

Uluslararası Antlaşmalar ve Sosyal Haklar Savunuculuğu

“Birleşmiş Milletler Ekonomik ve Sosyal Haklar Sözleşmesi”

 “Avrupa Sosyal Şartı”

Ulaş Karan, Bilgi Üniversitesi İnsan Hakları Merkezi


12.:30-13.30               Öğle yemeği


13:30-16:30                Tartışma

Yoksulluk ile Mücadele Ağı savunuculuk faaliyetlerinde uluslararası antlaşmaları en etkin şekilde nasıl kullanabilir?


Avrupa Yoksullukla Mücadele Ağı’nı Tanımak

Yoksulluk ile Mücadele Ağı Atölye Çalışması:

Avrupa Yoksulluk ile Mücadele Ağı’nı tanımak (EAPN)



28 Şubat 2008, Perşembe

Boğaziçi Üniversitesi Kültür Merkezi (BTS) Fuaye Alanı

Güney Kampüs, Boğaziçi Üniversitesi



10:00               Avrupa Yoksulluk ile Mücadele Ağı temsilcilerinin tanıtılması


10:15               Avrupa Yoksulluk ile Mücadele Ağı (EAPN)

Misyon, amaçlar, faaliyetler
Tanya Basarab, EAPN Brüksel ofisi temsilcisi


11:30               Kahve molası


11:45               Yoksulluk ile Mücadele Ağı kurmak

Avusturya örneği
Michaela Moser, EAPN Başkan Yardımcısı, EAPN Avusturya


13.00               Öğlen yemeği


14:00               Asgari Gelir Desteği Kampanyası

            Avrupa ülkeleri tecrübeleri ve Avrupa Yoksulluk ile Mücadele Ağı’nın yaklaşımı 
Michaela Moser ve Tanya Basarab



15:00               Tartışma


16.00               Kapanış

Yoksullukla Mücadele Ağı Atölye Çalışması

Yoksulluk ile Mücadele Ağı Atölye Çalışması

26 Ocak 2008, Cumartesi

Boğaziçi Üniversitesi Kültür Merkezi Fuaye Salonu

Albert Long Hall, Güney  Kampüs



10.30-11.00                İyi bir yaşam için yeterli bir gelire sahip olma ve kaliteli hizmetlere  ulaşım hakkı

Prof. Ayşe Buğra                                                                              


11.00-12.00                Tartışma ve Soru-Cevap


12.00-13.00                Öğle yemeği              


13.00-14.30                Asgari gelir ve sosyal hizmetlere dair yaklaşımlarımız

                                   Çalıştığımız gruplar ile ilişkilendirilmesi


14.30-15.00                Kahve molası


15.00-17.00                Asgari gelir ve sosyal hizmetlere dair sosyal taleplerimiz 

 Politika metninin oluşturulması



“Değişen Değerler Değişen Refah Devletleri: Almanya ve Türkiye’deki Sosyal Politikaların Avrupa Boyutu Üzerine”, Bremen International Graduate School of Social Science & Boğaziçi Üniversitesi Sosyal Politika Forumu - 2. Ortak Atölye

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Yoksulluk ve Sosyal Dışlanma ile Mücadelede Sivil Toplum Örgütlerinin Rolü


Yoksulluk ve Sosyal Dışlanma ile Mücadelede Sivil Toplum Örgütlerinin Rolü

Avrupa Yoksulluk ile Mücadele Ağı Temsilcisinin Katılımı ile Atölye Çalışması


17 Nisan 2006, Pazartesi

Bilgi Üniversitesi, Kuştepe Kampüsü

Akademik Kurul Odası


Sabah Oturumu


10.00   Açılış

“Türkiye’de Sosyal Dışlanma ile Mücadele Politikaları:

Avrupa Birliği Sosyal İçerme Süreci üzerine Gözlemler”

Prof. Ayşe Buğra, Boğaziçi Üniversitesi Sosyal Politika Forumu


10.30   “Avrupa Birliği Yoksullluk ve Sosyal Dışlanma ile Mücadele Politikaları:

   Sivil Bir Ses olarak Avrupa Yoksulluk ile Mücadele Ağının Rolü”

   Michaela Moser, Avrupa Yoksulluk ile Mücadele Ağı Temsilcisi


11.15   Kahve Arası


11.30   Tartışma


12.30   Öğle Yemeği


Öğleden sonra Oturumu


14.00   Tartışma

            Türkiye’de Sosyal Dışlanma ile Mücadelede STK’ların rolü


16.00    Kapanış

            “Türkiye’de Sosyal Haklar ve STK’lar”

Prof. Nurhan Yentürk, Bilgi Üniversitesi STK Eğitim ve Araştırma Merkezi


Karşılaştırmalı Bir Perspektiften Sağlık Reformu

Karşılaştırmalı Bir Perspektiften Sağlık Reformu


Sosyal Politika Forumu Boğaziçi Üniversitesi, İstanbul

17-18 Haziran 2005



16 Haziran Perşembe Katılımcı ve konuklarla akşam yemeği - 20:00


17 Haziran Cuma


  1. Oturum


10:00 –11:15


Açılış ve Projenin Sunumu


Çaglar Keyder, Boğaziçi Üniversitesi Sosyoloji Bölümü

“Health Sector Reform in the Context of Turkish Political Economy”


Nazan Üstündağ, Boğaziçi Üniversitesi Sosyoloji Bölümü

“Health and Health Care from the Perspective of Citizens”




11:15-11:30  Kahve arası




Colin Leys, Queen’s University, Kanada

“Health Care between Politics and Markets”




12:30 – 14:15  Öğle yemeği


  1. Oturum




Ayşen Bulut, İstanbul Üniversitesi

History of Reform in Turkish Health Care”


Ana Marta Guillen, University of Oviedo, İspanya

“Health Sector Reform in Southern Europe”




15:30-15:45  Kahve arası




Peter Groenewegen, University of Utrecht, Hollanda

“Health Sector Reform in Eastern Europe”





18:00  Akşam yemeği



18 Haziran Cumartesi


  1. Oturum


10:00 – 11:30


Guido Giarelli, University of Bologna, İtalya

“Mediterranean Paradigm in a European perspective”


Ioannis Yfantopoulos, University of Athens, Yunanistan

“Health Sector Reform in Greece”




11:30-11:45  Kahve arası




Richard Freeman, University of Edinburgh, İngiltere

“The Politics of Health in Europe”






Genel tartışma


 13:45 Öğle yemeği


Emeğin Yeni Dünyasında Sendikaların Değişen Rolü

Changing Role of Unions in the Contemporary World of Labour

Boğaziçi University Social Policy Forum


Friday November 26, 2004 

Venue: Boğaziçi Üniversitesi BTS (Saatli Bina) Fuaye Salonu, Güney Kampüs


9:30 - 10:00      Opening and Welcoming Speeches


10:00 - 11:00     Presentation of the preliminary findings of the project


Ayşe Buğra, Boğaziçi University; Fikret Adaman, Boğaziçi University; Ahmet Insel, Paris I Sorbonne and Galatasaray University

“Changing Role of Unions in the Contemporary World of Labour: The Case of Turkey”


11:00 – 11:30    Coffee Break


11:30 - 12: 30    Discussion


12:30 – 14:00    Lunch


14:00 – 15:30    General Overview of Labour Problems and Contemporary Union Activity I

            Chair: Fikret Şenses, Middle East Technical University


Ronaldo Munck, Dublin City University

            “Globalization, Labour and the Polanyi Problem”


Dan Gallin, Global Labour Institute        

            “Organizing in the Global Informal Economy”


Ulf Kadritzke, Berlin School of Economics

Social Justice and Trade Unions in Europe under Pressure - German Policies and Industrial Relations in an Internationally Comparative Perspective"


15:30 – 16:15    Discussion


16:15 – 16:45    Coffee Break


16:45 – 17:45    General Overview of Labour Problems and Contemporary Union Activity II

            Chair: Mine Eder, Boğaziçi University


Theo Nichols, Cardiff University

“Labour Segmentation and Other Issues: A Selective Look at Turkey, Brazil and East Asia”


Lazslo Neumann, National Employment Office, Hungary

“The Impacts of European Labour Standards on a New Member State- Hungarian Experiences”


17:45 – 18:30    Discussion



Saturday November 27, 2004 

Venue: Boğaziçi Üniversitesi BTS (Saatli Bina) Fuaye Salonu, Güney Kampüs


09:30 – 11:00    Views on European Labour Union Movement

            Chair: Burhan Şenatalar, Bilgi University


Klaus Mehrens, IG Metall, Germany.

            "Collective Bargaining Policies in Changing Circumstances"


Konrad Klingenburg , DGB, Germany.

            Contemporary Challenges for German Trade Unions”


      Peter Kerckhofs, European Trade Union Institute, ETUC

"European Works Councils and European Social Dialogue"


11:00 - 11:30     Coffee Break


11:30 - 13:30     General Discussion


13:30- 14:30      Lunch


20:00                Dinner

Küreselleşen Dünyada Yoksullukla Bir Mücadele Yöntemi: Vatandaşlık Geliri


Basic Income: Overcoming Insecurity in a Globalizing World

Boğaziçi University Social Policy Forum


Friday May 21, 2004 

Venue: Boğaziçi Üniversitesi Rektörlük Salonu, Güney Kampüs


9:00-9:30          Registration


9:30-9:45          Welcoming Speeches


9:45-10:45        Keynote Speech 


-Dr. Guy Standing, Director of Socio-Economic Security, ILO and co-chairman of BIEN (Basic Income European Network)

"Basic Income: Overcoming Insecurity in a Globalising World".




10-45- 11:00      Coffee Break


11:00- 12:30      Basic Income experiences from Europe


-Prof. Enzo Mingione, Faculty of Sociology, University of Milano-Bicocca, Italy

"The brief experience of RMI in Italy: learning from failure"


-Prof. Bea Cantillon, Director of Centre for Social Policy Analysis, University of Antwerp, Belgium

"The puzzle of egalitarianism: About the relationships between employment, wage inequality, social expenditures and poverty"




12:30-14:15       Lunch


14:15-15:45       Basic Income experiences from South Africa and Brazil


-Prof. Maria Ozanira da Silva e Silva, Public Policy Graduate Program, Universidade Federal do Maranhão, Brazil

"From a minimum income to a citizenship income: the development of the income transfer programs in Brazil"


-Dr. Dirk Haarmann, Project Director of Desk for Social Development, Evangelical Lutheran Church in the Republic of Namibia (ELCRN)

“Welfare handout or economic necessity? The Basic Income Grant debate in Namibia and South Africa”




15:45-16:00            Coffee Break


16:00-17:15            The Canadian experience 


-Prof. Myron Frankman, Economics and International Development Studies, McGill University, Canada

"Establishing & Sustaining Universal Programs in Canada: Winning Hearts and Minds."




18:30                Cocktail at Kennedy Lodge, Boğaziçi Üniversitesi  Güney Kampüs



Saturday May 22, 2004

Venue: Boğaziçi Üniversitesi Rektörlük Salonu, Güney Kampüs


10:00-10.30       The European experience continued


-Prof. Daniel Raventos, Department of Sociological Theory, Philosophy of Law and Methodology of Social Sciences, Universitat de Barcelona, Spain

"Progressive Acceptance of Basic Income in the Kingdom of Spain and Republican Justification of this Proposal"


10:30-11:00       Discussion


11:00-11:30       Coffee Break


11:30-12:00       Prospects of Basic Income for Turkey


-Prof. Ayşe Buğra, Department of Economy, Prof. Çağlar Keyder, Department of Sociology, Tolga Sınmazdemir, research assistant at Social Policy Forum, Boğaziçi University

Income Maintenance in a Poor Country: Obstacles and Opportunities"


12:00-13:00       General discussion


13:00-14:00       Lunch


20:00                Dinner at a fish restaurant