Iris Borowy

Distinguished Professor

About Borowy

Iris Borowy is Distinguished Professor of History at the College of Liberal Arts at Shanghai University.

She has worked at the University of Rostock, at the Centre Alexandre Koyré (Paris) and the University of Aachen, Germany. She has also been visiting scholar at the Casa Oswaldo Cruz / FIOCRUZ, Rio de Janeiro, at the University of Bergen, Norway, and at Birkbeck University, London.

Iris Borowy’s research has addressed the history of international health and its relations to economic and environmental policies of international organizations. In recent years, her research focus has shifted towards development concepts and the evolution of the idea of sustainability.

In addition to numerous articles on these topics, her publications include:

  • Coming to Terms with World Health. The League of Nations Health Organisation (2009)
  • Defining Sustainable Development for Our Common Future. A history of the World Commission on Environment and Development (Brundtland Commission) (2014)
  • A volume, co-edited with Matthias Schmelzer, on the History of the Future of Economic Growth (2017).

At present, she is working on a project on the policies of international organizations regarding waste.