Cuba Research Forum Annual Conference (co-author, presented by Dr Stephen Wilkinson)

Activity: Academic talk or presentation typesOral presentation


The concept of moral economy can be applied to all economies as all involve conceptions of ‘the good’ that designate who gets what, why and how, and who is responsible for this distribution, e.g. state or private actors. In this paper we use the concept of moral economy to demonstrate how normative reasonings shape public health governance in Cuban socialist and neoliberal contexts. The question of who gets what, why and how is closely related to researches in ecological public health. Proponents of ecological public health seek to develop more holistic approaches to public health that include economic as well as social, cultural, political, ecological and moral considerations. In its focus on redirecting responsibility of public health from individual actors, corporations and the market to public institutions such as the state, ecological public health draws attention to the social and ecological limitations of market-centred approaches to public health. In this paper, we use this concept of ecological public health to evaluate neoliberal and Cuban socialist moral economies of food and pharma. We conclude that, despite its faults, Cuba’s approach to food and pharma sheds much light on how more ecological approaches to public health might work in practice.
Period11 Sept 201813 Sept 2018
Event titleCuba Research Forum
Centre for Research on Cuba
21st Annual Conference
Event typeConference
Degree of RecognitionInternational