Associate Professor Sumit Kane
Social & Cultural Dimensions of Health Systems, Unit Head
Sumit’s research focus is on low and middle-income country societies and health systems transitioning to a post-service availability phase. He is also interested in the responsiveness of health services. His research examines the questions these transitions raise for health services organisational requirements - particularly relations between people, between people and organisations, between organisations, and between people or organisations and institutions. Sumit takes a post-positivist, reflexive, critical realist stance.
Sumit joined the Nossal Institute in 2018. Prior to joining the Nossal, he worked at KIT Royal Tropical Institute in Amsterdam. At KIT, Sumit researched health policy processes and regulation in Vietnam, India and China. His research examined pathways to maximise the equity, effectiveness and efficiency of close-to-community services in Asia and Africa. Sumit’s work included studies on trust relations in the health system in India, and operational research on how social and gender norms shape women’s reproductive actions in South Sudan. Sumit also studied the effect of performance-based financing on the motivation of health workers in Zimbabwe. At KIT, he led the Master of Public Health and Master of International Health programs.
Sumit has been involved in global health consulting and advisory work for bilateral and multilateral agencies and international NGOs. Since 2011, he has been a Visiting Professor at Gokhale Institute of Politics & Economics (GIPE) in Pune, India. At GIPE, he leads research programs on trust relations in health systems, community health systems, and the evolving status of the medical profession in society.