USC researcher explains the intersection of global health, climate change and women’s rights

International Women's Rights Day and Sustainability

Laura Ferguson believes that attention to human rights can lead to better health. The director of research at the USC Institute on Inequalities in Global Health draws inspiration from women who are pushing for greater equality around the world.

This International Women’s Day, the United Nations is highlighting how women are more vulnerable to climate change impacts than men. Are you working on any projects that intersect with this theme?

We’re part of a new consortium that’s looking at zoonotic diseases — diseases that jump from animals to humans — in Uganda. The goal is to better understand these so-called spillover events by analyzing farming practices, land use, the interface of humans and animals in wildlife and forest environments, gender inequalities and other socioeconomic factors. Read More