IEA Book Club Event with Lord Nigel Crisp


  • 16/06/2022
    18:00 - 20:00
The IEA Book Club will be hosting Lord Nigel Crisp for an IEA Book Club event on his latest book, “Turning the World Upside Down Again: Global health in a time of pandemics, climate change and political turmoil”. This event will be taking place on Thursday 16th June from 18:00 – 20:00. Chairing this event will be Dr Kristian Niemietz (IEA Head of Political Economy and former Head of Health and Welfare).

Lord Nigel Crisp is an independent crossbench member of the House of Lords where he co-chairs the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Global Health. He also co-chairs Nursing Now, the global campaign on nursing. He was previously Chief Executive of the English NHS and permanent Secretary of the UK Department of Health, where he led major reforms between 2000 and 2006.

Turning the World Upside Down Again continues the search for understanding begun in the first edition, Turning the World Upside Down, and describes how western scientific medicine, which has served us so well in the 20th Century, must adapt and evolve further and faster to cope with the demands of the 21st Century. This second edition, 12 years after the first, is extensively re-written and fully updated, drawing on examples from around the world and reflecting what has already been learned from the COVID-19 pandemic and from the onset of climate change.

Lord Crisp argued in the first edition that the most affluent and powerful countries can learn a great deal from lower income countries. In his latest work, he states that they need to go further and listen to and learn from disempowered communities in their own countries. He describes how combining the learning from different countries and communities can lead us to a new ecologically based vision for health and new and practical ways of improving health for ourselves, our communities, and our planet.

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