6. Health

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  • Work Package No WP6
  • Name Health
  • Lead UB
  • Participating Institutions CBS, UB, TalTech, UO
  • Activity March ’24 – Feb ’27

Short description

The WP6 team will map the different forms and sites of health governance and the extent to which the EU can participate and lead in digital governance.

Main objectives


Map the institutional landscape in global health governance.


Establish what are the key policy priorities and opportunities of the EU and EU member states within global health.


Provide evidence-based pathway actions for the EU and its member states in global health governance.

Core tasks



  • Mapping the institutional landscape of global health governance March ’24 – March ’25

I this task UB will take the lead to map the formal and informal governance arrangements underpinning global cooperation on health issues. This exercise will examine (a) decision-making structures, (b) financial contribution, and (c) leadership positions of European countries in organizations, treaties, informal institutions, and leading initiatives, with a focus on the identified case studies. The data will be uploaded to the NAVIGATOR data nest. Global health is not a policy area where the EU itself has a very active role, but—per contributions of individual European countries mapped in WP5—we will identify opportunities for engagement and cooperation. For our purposes, global health is defined in broad terms to encompass UN-system organizations with a secondary focus on health (e.g. UNICEF) and the various global public-private partnerships that have emerged. TalTech will contribute on the digital dimension of global health governance. The task will result in a working paper to present at the International Studies Association conference, forming the basis of an academic paper to be submitted to the Review of International Organizations.



  • The role of the EU and European actors in global health governance April ’24 – Dec. ’26

Using the data from task 1, UB and CBS will select three cases for in-depth analysis of how European actors collaborate to influence policies of global health governance. We will examine how European leverage (including funding power, technocratic expertise, and extensive policy networks) is employed, and the conditions under which this is successful. There will be a special focus on areas of overlapping norm-making power within global health (e.g. Nordic countries as initiators of the Global Health Security Agenda, or the EU prioritizing health in its EU Indo-Pacific Strategy). TalTech will contribute on the expanding area of global governance for digital solutions for health. Methods here include process tracing methodologies, interviews with key participants, and access to relevant policy documents. The findings of this analysis will be uploaded to the NAVIGATOR data nest, result in a working paper (D6.2, m36) presented to the WHO European office, at the Global Health Security conference, and submitted for publication to Global Policy.



  • Identifying opportunities for scaling up European engagement Aug. ’26 - Feb. ‘27

Drawing on the findings of tasks 1 and 2, UB will lead in the production of a NAVIGATOR Policy Brief outlining how the EU and European countries can increase their effectiveness in the field of global health governance, with inputs from CBS, TalTech and UO. The Brief will present summary data on ongoing European actions in this field (including financial commitments and technological aspects), outline the sources of European influence, and outline opportunities for increased engagement.


  • D6.1 month 24 – Feb.’25

    Working paper on institutional landscape of global health governance

  • D6.2 month 36 – Feb.’26

    Working paper on the role of the EU and European actors

  • D6.3 month 48 – Feb.’27

    Global NAVIGATOR policy brief on health

Co-funded by the European Union

This project receives funding from the European Union’s Horizon Europe research and innovation programme under the Call HORIZON-CL2-2021-DEMOCRACY-01 – Grant agreement n°101061621

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