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Meet UBC SPPH’s new faculty – Michelle Amri

May 15, 2024 |

The School of Population and Public Health at the University of British Columbia welcomes Dr. Michelle Amri, Assistant Professor of Global Health Ethics, in Summer 2024.

Dr. Michelle Amri is joining the Centre for Applied Ethics within the School of Population and Public Health at UBC in July 2024. She holds the Mary and Maurice Young Professorship in Applied Ethics. She is a Term Assistant Professor at the School of Public Policy at Simon Fraser University (SFU). Prior to joining SFU, she was a Takemi Fellow in the Takemi Program in International Health at Harvard University. She has taught several courses at SFU, the University of Victoria, and the University of Toronto (St. George and Scarborough); and was recognized with a teaching award at the latter. She has served in various roles in government and the World Health Organization (WHO) and continues to consult for the WHO. She sits on the Board of Directors for the Canadian Association for Global Health and led the scientific agenda for the Canadian Conference on Global Health as a conference co-chair last year and continues to co-lead this year’s conference.

Dr. Amri’s program of research is situated in global health and uses an applied ethics lens to focus on the normative nature of health equity. Her work seeks to understand how equity can be better incorporated in public policymaking, both in terms of how relevant actors consider equity in developing policy (e.g., how equity is understood and operationalized) and how equity can be improved in policymaking processes (e.g., multisectoral approaches including those at the city-level, decolonizing policymaking).

“My interviews at the School of Population and Public Health confirmed that it is the right place for me. I was warmly welcomed by faculty, staff, and students and even past leadership of the Centre for Applied Ethics. I was asked insightful questions by those who share my keen interest in global health which reiterated how strong this common passion is. I am delighted to be joining impressive colleagues at the University of British Columbia, where I can collaborate with like-minded faculty and students,” said Dr. Amri.