DR Bridget Pratt

DR Bridget Pratt


  • International Research Ethics (Global justice)



  • Bridget Pratt is a research fellow at the Nossal Institute for Global Health and Centre for Health Equity at the University of Melbourne. She is also Associate Faculty in the Department of International Health at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. From 2013-2015, Bridget was a research fellow in Johns Hopkins Berman Institute of Bioethics and the Department of International Health at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. She is a recipient of a Australian National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Early Career Sidney Sax Public Health Overseas Fellowship (2013-2017) and and Australian Research Council Discovery Early Career Researcher Award (2017-2020).

    Bridget’s research interests include the ethics of international research and health development programs, with a focus on the promotion of global justice in health and issues of governance. She is also interested in the translation of ethical guidance into practice. Her work, therefore, spans both conceptual and empirical bioethics research. Bridget’s current research focuses on the ethics of health systems research in low and middle-income countries. As part of this research, she aims to identify the obligations of justice of external research actors from high-income countries to health systems research participants and their communities in developing countries, with particular emphasis on the selection of research priorities, research capacity strengthening, and post-study benefits. She further aims to generate practical information on how these obligations might be achieved in low and middle-incomecountry settings to assist researchers and funders.

    Bridget received her PhD in bioethics in 2012 and her Masters in International Health in 2009 from Monash University in Australia. Her dissertation focused on applying capability theory to identify the ethical requirements necessary to link international clinical research to improved health and r   


Member of

  • Health Systems Global. Vice Chair- Ethics Working Group 2013 - 2018
  • International Association of Bioethics. Member 2010 - 2018


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Education and training

  • PhD, Monash University 2012
  • MIH, Monash University 2009
  • B.Sc., Haverford College 2005

Awards and honors

  • Mark S. Ehrenreich Prize in Healthcare Ethics Research, International Association of Bioethics, 2014
  • NHMRC Fellowship, 2013