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Global Health Security

Dear Colleagues,

Given today’s deep political, economic, social and cultural interdependencies among countries, booming air travel and unprecedented global environmental challenges, infectious diseases and epidemics have become a major foreign policy and security issue, be it SARS (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome), H5N1 (bird flu), H1N1 (swine flu), Ebola, Zika and others. Infectious disease outbreaks can lead to political instability, economic crises and social upheaval. This virtual special issue invites scholars from different disciplines (sociology, political science, economics, history, medicine, etc.) to reflect on the manifold security challenges associated with the global spread of infectious diseases, the effect of global governance responses as well as biomedical innovations.

Dr. Markus Fraundorfer

Guest Editor


Air travel

Border security

Drug development

Economic crisis


Environmental challenges

Foreign policy

Global epidemics

Global health governance

Infectious diseases


Submission Deadline: 15 December 2019

Online Submission

Manuscripts should be submitted online through Hapres Online Submission System. Please visit Guide for Authors before submitting a manuscript. Authors are encouraged to submit a paper as soon as it is ready and don’t need to wait until the deadline. Submissions will be sent to peer-review in order of arrival. Accepted papers will be published continuously in Med One and then gathered together on the special issue webpage. We welcome Research articles, Review papers, Meta-Analysis articles, and Perspectives. There are no word limits for each article type. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for approval.

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Guest Editor

  • Dr. Markus Fraundorfer

    University of Leeds, Leeds, UK

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