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Unequal ecosystems of global health authorial expertise: Decolonising noncommunicable disease  

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Clare Herrick, James Millington, Oritsematosan Okpako

Original languageEnglish
Article number102670
Early online date17 Sep 2021
Accepted/In press6 Sep 2021
E-pub ahead of print17 Sep 2021
PublishedSep 2021

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The decolonisation agenda is gathering momentum in global health. Within this movement, one domain of analysis has been the ways in which the geographies of scholarly knowledge production (re)produce the inequities of coloniality. Drawing on the example of noncommunicable diseases (NCDs), here we deviate from this and instead examine the authorship of the key global documents that were used to ignite and mobilise the NCD advocacy agenda from 2000 to 2020. In doing so, we reflect on the changing ecosystems of authorial expertise. It shows that while the geographic distribution of expertise has broadened over time, the NCD domain remains a fairly tight and circumscribed network. Importantly this research also shows the complexities of ascribing location to expertise, a finding that speaks back to the decolonisation debate.

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