[Ip-health] Obituary - Professor Hans Löfgren

Andy Gray Graya1 at ukzn.ac.za
Wed Jul 30 13:09:23 PDT 2014

Dear colleagues

Associate Professor Hans Löfgren passed away on  Sunday 13 July 2014 in Chicago, where he was attending a conference. Hans held a number of  leadership positions at Deakin University, Australia,  including Deputy Head of School, Associate Head of School - Research, and most recently Associate Head of School - Community Engagement in the School of Humanities and Social Sciences.  He also taught Politics and Policy.  Hans' research area of expertise was Indian politics and the political economy of pharmaceuticals and biotechnology in Australia, India and globally. Hans was also the associate editor of the Australian Journal of Political Science. 

Here are some of the comments about Hans from his colleagues:

"Hans was a thoughtful scholar who was passionate about his work and how policy interventions in this field impacted upon the most vulnerable in developing countries. His most recent publications included edited volumes titled 'The New Political Economy of Pharmaceuticals:  Production, Innovation and TRIPS in the Global South' (with Owain Williams) and 'The Politics of the Pharmaceutical Industry and Access to Medicines: World Pharmacy and India'." - Professor Matthew Clarke, Head of School - School of Humanities and Social Sciences, Deakin University

"Of course, I have only known Hans for a few years, but I know him as a warm, gentle and highly principled colleague.  His commitment to integrity, rigour, quality and respect for others was clear in all his dealings with me.  He was quiet and deeply intelligent. " - Professor Brenda Cherednichenko Pro Vice-Chancellor, Faculty of Arts and Education, Deakin University

" Hans was a gentle, committed and compassionate comrade whose community and academic work was always thoughtful, and always motivated by the strongest social justice principles. Hans taught politics and public policy at Deakin University and researched and wrote about Indian politics and the political economy of pharmaceuticals in Australia, India and globally. Hans was also a purposeful campaigner within his local community, working alongside others for the achievement of a progressive local Council and the defence of public libraries, community childcare and public education. He was active over many years in the campaigns of Turn the Tide in St Kilda and its later incarnation, the Community Alliance of Port Phillip." - Carmel Shute, Community Alliance of Port Phillip

Perhaps, in typical fashion, Owain Williams put it best, when describing Hans as a "kind, committed, bloody minded, and ruthlessly determined colleague ....  A true advocate for health and socialism".

For details of the book Hans and Owain edited so painstakingly - 'The New Political Economy of Pharmaceuticals:  Production, Innovation and TRIPS in the Global South' - see http://www.palgraveconnect.com/pc/doifinder/10.1057/9781137315854 

Hans is survived by his wife, Professor Rhonda Small, and their three children.


Andy Gray BPharm MSc(Pharm) FPS FFIP
* Senior Lecturer
Division of Pharmacology
Discipline of Pharmaceutical Sciences
School of Health Sciences
* Consultant Pharmacist (Research Associate) Centre for the AIDS Programme of Research in South Africa (CAPRISA) University of KwaZulu-Natal PBag 7 Congella 4013 South Africa
* Visiting Fellow, Faculty of Pharmacy, Rhodes University, Grahamstown
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