SIF 3rd Cohort Fellows - Belayneh Taye Gedifew, University of Warwick

Curriculum Vitae

Belayneh Taye Gedifew is an EUTOPIA-SIF postdoctoral fellow at the University of Warwick, UK. After finishing his PhD in May 2022, Belayneh has worked as an assistant professor at the Department of Political Science and International Studies at Bahir Dar University. Belayneh has also worked on the Enabling University Peace project run by Bahir Dar University the British Council. Recently, he has also secured a British Council Cultural Protection Fund grant as PI for the project that focuses on Ethiopic manuscripts. His professional field and research interests include bioethics, politics, and pragmatism, especially healthcare allocations and health equity. His current research project focuses on healthcare allocation and equity, with an emphasis on Africa and Ethiopia. In the project, he wants to approach the issues of allocation and equity in healthcare using normative, ethical-philosophical, and empirical approaches, following a multidisciplinary approach.
  • Education

2022: PhD at University of Szeged (Hungary) in the field of philosophy with a specialization in bioethics

2014: MA degree at Addis Ababa University (Ethiopia) in the field of philosophy

2010: BA degree at Addis Ababa University (Ethiopia) in field of philosophy

  • Experience 

June 2022- August 2022: Assistant professor of philosophy, Bahir Dar University Ethiopia. In the position, I taught philosophy and political science courses for undergraduate and postgraduate students, worked in research and community engagement projects. 

September 2016- May 2022: PhD candidate, University of Szeged, Hungary. In the position, I worked on my dissertation, publishing research outcomes in scientific journals and engaged in teaching ethics courses for undergraduate students. 

October 2016- August 2016: Lecturer, Bahir Dar University, Ethiopia. In the position I worked on teaching research and community services activities. 

September 2010- September 2016: Graduate assistant, Debre Birhan University, Ethiopia

  • Publications/Research achievement
Research Project:

Healthcare Resource Allocation, Rationing, and Health Equity: Evidence from a Comprehensive Perspective Using the Case of Ethiopia

The research project aims to examine the issues of allocation and rationing of healthcare resources and health equity, mainly using the case of Ethiopia.

Specifically, we will investigate which ethical principles and rules, guidelines, or decision-making processes and procedures are appropriate for fair and equitable allocations and rationing in Ethiopia, considering the country's and other developing countries' contexts. We will also explore the principles, guidelines, and processes of allocation and rationing decision-making and their impact on health equity in the actual practices of allocation from 2000 to 2020 in Ethiopia. Finally, we will develop a multimodal strategy useful for the fair and efficient allocation of healthcare resources in the country.

Thus, the project is designed to address conceptual, theoretical, methodological, and practical gaps. To achieve the objectives of the study, we will employ normative, ethical-philosophical, and empirical approaches and research methods, following a multidisciplinary mixed research design.