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Tamara Hafner

Assistant Professor Department of Public Administration and Policy

Tamara Hafner’s primary field of research is global health policy with a focus on pharmaceutical innovation and management. Her research addresses three broad questions. First, what are the policy options for improving access to medicines in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs)? Second, what are the effects of stringent intellectual property rights on public health and development in LMICs? And lastly, to what extent can LMICs improve their national innovation systems to address unmet health needs and other social issues? Examples of her research include examining the role of India and China as suppliers of affordable medicines to LMICs, the effect of pharmaceutical management policies on the availability of medicines, the engagement of the pharmaceutical industry in neglected tropical disease R&D, and the effect of stringent intellectual property rights on innovation in LMICs for neglected tropical diseases.

Tamara has a Ph.D. in Public Administration from the Maxwell School at Syracuse University. Prior to completing her doctorate she worked in the pharmaceutical industry for two years as a research scientist in pre-clinical product development.


Ph.D., Public Administration, Syracuse University
M.Sc., Environmental Biology (Microbiology), SUNY-ESF, Syracuse 
B.Sc., Biochemistry and Zoology, UWI Mona, Jamaica

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SPA - Public Admin and Policy
Ward - 345
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