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Dr Julia Chukwuma

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Professional biography

I joined the Open University in October 2021 as a Lecturer in Economics. Prior to that, I have taught at Queen Mary University of London, SOAS and Goldsmiths University. I also worked with UNICEF’s social policy and emergency teams in Burundi, Mali and Senegal. I hold a PhD in Economics from SOAS.

Research interests

My main research interest lies in understanding how social policies (and more recently eco-social policies) are being conceptualised, developed and implemented in the African context, and to what effect. Primarily, my work focuses on the political economy of health policy development and implementation and global efforts to achieve Universal Health Coverage. I am interested in understanding how different interest groups, such as policymakers, civil society organisations, communities, health professionals or international organisations shape a healthcare system and influence how healthcare services are delivered and who can ultimately access them. My research approach is rooted in understanding the political context in which policies are developed, the causes of economic and social realities within a certain country-context (with a particular focus on Nigeria) as well as issues of inequality and power.

Teaching interests

I am currently working on the following module presentation & production teams:

- DD126 Economics in Context

- D113 Global Challenges: social science in action

- D217 Running the Economy

- DD320 Doing Economics

- D815 The Economics of Global and Social Challenges


COVID-19 in an African Context: What the Pandemic Has Taught Us About the Development Economics Curriculum and the Need for Reform (2023-07-29)
Deane, Kevin; Chukwuma, Julia and Lombardozzi, Lorena
In: Yusuf, Abdullah; Morelli, Carlo and Feraboli, Omar eds. Post-Crash Economics and the Covid Emergency in the Global Economy (pp. 49-68)
ISBN : 978-3-031-31604-3 | Publisher : Palgrave Macmillan

Economics and Global Health (2023)
Chukwuma, Julia and Deane, Kevin
In: La Placa, Vincent and Morgan, Julia eds. Social Science Perspectives on Global Public Health (pp. 28-37)
ISBN : 9780367652098 | Publisher : Routledge

Global ideas of welfare and the narrowing scope of social policy (2022-09)
Chukwuma, Julia Ngozi
SOAS University of London, London.

Health policy and changing perceptions of Universal Health Coverage (2022)
Chukwuma, Julia Ngozi
SOAS University of London, London, UK.