Susan B. Rifkin
Susan Rifkin is a visiting senior research fellow at the Institute of Social Psychology, London School of Economics, and an honorary visiting senior lecturer at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. After completing two degrees in Chinese studies in the United States, she attended the University of Sussex to research healthcare in China. Rifkin spent 10 years in Asia helping nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) establish community-based health programs and setting up the Asian Community Health Action Network (ACHAN), becoming its first coordinator.
She then taught in Liverpool, London, and Holland, and in 1989 went to Germany to help establish a new masterís program for community health and management in developing countries at the University of Heidelberg. Returning to England in 1993, Rifkin continued to teach and carry out research in the field of community participation and health policy. In 1999, she became co-director of the Tropical Institute for Community Health and Development in Kisumu, Kenya, helping establish a masterís program for African students. She has also served as a consultant and lecturer for a new masterís course in health administration at the University of Trinidad and Tobago.
While teaching at the London School of Economics, Rifkin has helped to establish a course on health policies and systems in developing countries. Her research interests are focused on community participation, empowerment, health policy, and primary healthcare. Recently, she has been working with the World Health Organization in Sudan, and as a visiting professor at the Tata Institute of Social Sciences in Mumbai, India.