Senior Lecturer


Dr Paul Kadetz is a Senior Lecturer within the Institute for Global Health and Development Division at Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh.

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Dr. Paul Kadetz is a Senior Lecturer and coordinator of Doctoral Studies in the Institute for Global Health and Development at Queen Margaret University, and a Professor of Practice in the Shiley-Marcos School of Engineering at the University of San Diego where he also serves as the co-director of Masters in Engineering, Sustainability and Health. He has also served as a long-time associate of the Centre for China Health and Humanity at University College London.

Paul completed his doctorate in International Development at The University of Oxford, where he also completed a MSc in Medical Anthropology. He holds a MPH in International Health and Development (Tulane University) and a MSN as an Adult Nurse Practitioner with training in Forensic Nursing (Vanderbilt University). Paul works across the areas of Global and International Health, Medical Anthropology, and Sustainable Development. He has designed and directed global and public health undergraduate and graduate programs in The Netherlands, China, Rwanda, the UK, and the US, and served as the Chair of two departments. Clinically he is a registered nurse, an adult nurse practitioner, and a licensed acupuncturist.

Paul’s research has been published in over 100 journals, book chapters, and conference abstracts. His co-edited and co-authored volume, Creating Katrina, Rebuilding Resilience: Lessons from New Orleans on Vulnerability and Resiliency, was recently published by Elsevier, as was his co-edited Handbook of Welfare in China (Elgar). His forthcoming Encyclopedia of Health Humanities, for which he serves as joint Editor-in-Chief, is being published by Springer in 2022.

Affiliations to other organisations: 

  • AMIS Antimicrobials in Society
  • American Public Health Association
  • American Society of Adaptation Professionals.
  • Association for Asian Studies. Member.
  • International Health Humanities Network. International Advisory Board.
  • Delta Omega. The Honors Society for Public Health in the United States. Inducted 2008.
  • Sigma Theta Tau. The Honors Society for Nursing in the United States. Inducted 2006.  
  • New York State Licensed Acupuncturist.
  • New York State Licensed Registered Nurse.

Paul’s research and scholarship have concerned the sociocultural factors impacting antimicrobial resistance and antimicrobial stewardship; climate change mitigation and adaptation, and disaster recovery and resilience; the impact of foreign aid on local healthcare; the impact of global health policies on local health; the anthropology of safety; and healthcare challenges in China, The Philippines, Guatemala, and Madagascar. He has secured funding from the BMBF for a five year, multi-work package research project concerning Antimicrobial stewardship across sub-Saharan Africa, which will begin in 2022.

Active research interests:

  • Antimicrobial Resistance and Stewardship
  • Impacts of Foreign Aid on Healthcare Systems
  • Climate Change and Health
  • Disaster Recovery and Resilience
  • Social Infrastructure
  • Healthcare Decentralisation and Devolution
  • Global Health Policies
  • Health impacts of Development
  • Political Ecology
  • Local and “Alternative” Medicine

Research Methods:

  • Assets-Based Approaches (eg; Positive Deviance)
  • Complex Systems Analysis
  • Novel Qualitative Methods (eg; Pile Sorts)

Research Centres:

Paul is part of the Health Systems Cluster, IGHD.