Veena Sriram is an Assistant Professor with a joint appointment in the School of Public Policy and Global Affairs (SPPGA) and the School of Population and Public Health (SPPH) at the University of British Columbia. Her research sits at the intersection of global health, social science and public policy, and her interests are in understanding power and politics in health policy processes in low- and middle-income countries. She draws upon theory and methodologies from the social sciences in conducting her research, and has a particular focus on qualitative approaches. Her work has been published in interdisciplinary journals such as Social Science and Medicine, BMJ Global Health and Health Policy and Planning.
Dr. Sriram has a particular focus on health workforce policy and health sector governance. She has conducted extensive research at the national and state level in India, exploring a range of health policy and system questions, including medical specialization, health workforce policy development, the functioning of national health authorities and emergency care systems. She has also contributed to expanding the application of theory and concepts to study power in health policy and systems research. Dr. Sriram also writes regularly on contemporary issues in global health policy in forums such as International Health Policies, and is actively involved with Health Systems Global and Emerging Voices for Global Health.
Dr. Sriram has been awarded fellowships from the American Institute of Indian Studies and the U.S. Fulbright Program. She has led the design and execution of qualitative research funded by the U.S. National Institutes of Health (Fogarty International Center and the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality), the Alliance for Health Policy and Systems Research, and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. She has also consulted for the World Health Organization.
Selected Peer-Reviewed Publications
Sriram V, Baru R, Hyder A, Bennett S. Bureaucracy, power and professional medical councils in India. Social Science & Medicine. 2020 Jul;256:113038. doi: 10.1016/j.socscimed.2020.113038. Link
Keshri VR, Sriram V, Baru R. Reforming the regulation of medical education, professionals and practice in India. BMJ Glob Health. 2020; 5(8): e002765 Link
Sheikh K, Sriram V, Bigdeli M, Soucat A. What are the governance capacities of Ministries of Health? A multi-dimensional framework. Int J Health Policy Manag. 2020 Mar 15. doi: 10.34172/ijhpm.2020.39 Link
Sriram V, Bennett S. Strengthening medical specialisation policy in low-income and middle-income countries BMJ Global Health 2020;5:e002053 Link
Bhalla K, Sriram V, Arora R, Ahuja R, Varghese M, Agrawal G, Tiwari G, Mohan D. The care and transport of trauma victims by layperson emergency medical systems: a qualitative study in Delhi, India. BMJ Glob Health. 2019 Nov 19;4(6):e001963. Link
Dalglish S, Sriram V, Scott K, Rodriguez D. A framework for medical power in two case studies of health policymaking in India and Niger. Glob Public Health. 2019 Apr;14(4):542-554. doi: 10.1080/17441692.2018.1457705 Link
Sriram V, Hyder A, Bennett S. The Making of a New Medical Specialty: A Policy Analysis of the Development of Emergency Medicine in India. Int J Health Policy Manag. 2018 Nov 1;7(11):993-1006. doi: 10.15171/ijhpm.2018.55 Link
Sriram V, Baru R, Bennett S. Regulating recognition and training for new medical specialties in India: the case of emergency medicine. Health Policy Plan. 2018 Sep 1;33(7):840-852. doi: 10.1093/heapol/czy055 Link
Sriram V, George A, Baru R, Bennett S. Socialization, legitimation and the transfer of biomedical knowledge to low- and middle-income countries: Analyzing the case of emergency medicine in India. Int J Equity Health. 2018 Sep 24;17(1):142. doi: 10.1186/s12939-018-0824-y Link
Sriram V, Bennett S, Raman VR, Sheikh K. Developing the National Knowledge Platform in India: A Policy and Institutional Analysis. Health Res Policy Syst. 2018 Feb 20;16(1):13. doi: 10.1186/s12961-018-0283-3 Link
Sriram V, Scott K, Topp SM, Mishra A, Schaaf M, Rajasulochana S, Flores W. 10 Best Resources on Power and Health Systems. Health Policy Plan. 2018 May 1;33(4):611-621. doi: 10.1093/heapol/czy008 [Top accessed article between 2016-2018] Link
Sriram V, Gururaj G, Razzak JA, Naseer R, Hyder AA. Comparative analysis of three pre-hospital emergency medical services organizations in India and Pakistan, Public Health. 2016 Aug;137:169-75. doi: 10.1016/j.puhe.2016.02.022. Epub 2016 Apr 12. Link
George A, Mehra V, Scott K, Sriram V. Community Participation in Health Systems Research: A Systematic Review Assessing the State of Research, the Nature of Interventions Involved and the Features of Engagement with Communities. PLoS ONE, October 2015, 10(10): e0141091 Link
Mavalankar D, Callahan K, Sriram V, Singh P and Desai A. Qualitative Evaluation of Life Saving Anesthetic Skills Training Program for Emergency Obstetric Care in Gujarat, India. Int J Gynaecol. Obstet. 2009 Dec;107(3):283-8. doi: 10.1016/j.ijgo.2009.09.007. Epub 2009 Oct 20 Link
Mavalankar D and Sriram V. Provision of Anaesthesia Services for Emergency Obstetric Care. through Task Shifting in South Asia, Reprod Health Matters. 2009 May;17(33):21-31. doi: 10.1016/S0968-8080(09)33433-3. Link
Selected Reports and Book Chapters
Sriram V. Sheikh K. Bigdeli M. Addressing Governance Challenges and Capacities in Ministries of Health. Editor – Sandy Campbell. Health Systems Governance Collaborative and Alliance for Health Policy and Systems Research, World Health Organization, 2020 Link
Sriram, V. Brokering policies and politics for human resources for health. In ‘A Health Policy and Systems Research Reader on Human Resources for Health’ (Editors: Asha George, Kerry Scott, Veloshnee Govender). Alliance for Health Policy and Systems, World Health Organization, 2017 Link