Jillian Clare Kohler's research focuses on global access to essential medicines. More specifically, she focuses her research on issues that are linked to anti-corruption, transparency and accountability in the pharmaceutical sector, as well as those related to trade issues and intellectual property rights. Dr. Kohler’s research has focused on equity issues related to the deployment of COVID-19 vaccines and the need for global cooperation in health. She has also written policy papers for the UNODC (United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime), the UNDP and the WHO on corruption drivers and risks related to the COVID-19 pandemic and other public health emergencies.
In addition to her role as professor and cross-appointments at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health and the Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy, she is the Founding Director of the WHO Collaborating Centre for Governance, Transparency and Accountability in the Pharmaceutical Sector, a member of the WHO Steering Committee for the Global Network on Anti-Corruption, Transparency and Accountability in Global Health, and a Senior Fellow and Member of the Board of Governors, Massey College.