Cambrian News photographer - From left: Prof Colin McInnes, shortlisted for the Special Achievement Award; Dr Elin Royles, who has been shortlisted for the Research Impact Award with Dr Huw Lewis and Dr Catrin Wyn Edwards; Dr Catrin Wyn Edwards, shortlisted for Early Career Researcher of the Year; and Dr Berit Bliesemann de Guevara, shortlisted for the Research Innovation Award

A LEADING Aberystwyth University academic working on global health politics has been acknowledged for his lifetime contribution to social science research in Wales.

The Cambrian News reported “Prof Colin McInnes, UNESCO Professor of HIV/AIDS Education and Health Security in Africa at the Department of International Politics, was presented with the Special Achievement Award at the 2017 Wales Social Research Awards held at the National Assembly for Wales.

Prof Elizabeth Treasure, vice-chancellor of Aberystwyth University, said: “On behalf of everyone here at Aberystwyth University, I extend my warmest congratulations to Prof McInnes on this much deserved award. He has helped to redefine our understanding of health as a political phenomenon in the age of globalisation and it is no exaggeration to say that he has been instrumental in establishing the field in the UK and internationally.”

Prof Kelley Lee from Simon Fraser University, Vancouver, Canada, said: “Prof McInnes is a highly respected scholar who has contributed ground breaking and highly original analyses that bridge the fields of international relations and public health.

“He has achieved this by playing a lead role in deepening analysis of global health issues using the lenses of foreign policy, security and governance/diplomacy. His theoretical and empirical contributions have been complemented by his frequent involvement in high-level policy discussions in the UK and internationally” here.

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