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Humanitarian and Conflict Response Institute

Health and Medicine in Conflict and Humanitarianism

This inter-disciplinary strand aims at researching the intersections between the Humanitarian and Global Health interventions and the impact this has on the practise of care.

It aims at not only bettering the quality of care, but also engaging critically with ethics of medical practice, evolution of norms and its impact on everyday life in settings of conflict, disasters and displacement.

Reflecting the inter-disciplinary mandate of the Institute, our research is guided by the belief that it is necessary to bring together the insights of medical experts alongside medical anthropology, the sociology of health and illness, and the history of medicine, applied drama, and the field of global health governance, in order to fully understand the impact of health interventions in contemporary humanitarian practice.

Partnering with NGOs like the World Health Organisation (WHO), Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) and Red Cross, our research aims to feed directly into policy and practice.

Our research

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  • Exploring the working of emergency medicine and the politics of treatment of injuries and amputations in humanitarian settings.
  • Exploring cultural models of health and wellbeing and their role within help-seeking.
  • Questions around sexual violence, maternal health and mental health.

Academic staff

Rony Brauman, Maura Duffy Amy Hughes, Anisa Jafar, Rubina Jasani, Mukesh Kapila, Tanja Müller, Jenna Murray de Lopez, Tony Redmond and Bertrand Taithe.

PhD candidates

  • Brigid Atterton - What are the meanings of quality in humanitarian settings? An ethnographic approach to understanding approaches to quality in medical humanitarianism.
  • Louise Tomkow - Forced migration and physiological vulnerability: a mixed methods study exploring the long-term health consequences of forced migration in the UK.
  • Jennifer Chapman - Evolving emergency medical response in the UK humanitarian sector.

Key publications and resources

  • Burkle FM, Erickson T, Von Schreeb J, Redmond AD, Kayden S, Van Rooyen M (2017) ​“A declaration to the UN on wars in the Middle East” The Lancet, Vol. 389, No. 10070, p699–70
  • Burkle FM, Erickson T, Von Schreeb J, Kayden S, Redmond AD, Chan EY, Della Corte F, Cranmer H, Ottomo Y, Johnson K, Roy N (2017) ​“The Solidarity and Health Neutrality of Physicians in War & Peace” PLOS Currents Disasters.  2017 Jan 20 Edition 1. 
  • Amat Camacho N, Hughes A, Burkle FM, Ingrassia PL, Ragazonni L, Redmond AD, Norton I, Von Schreeb J (2016) “Education and training of emergency medical teams: recommendations for global operational learning framework”. PLoS currents disasters. 2016 October 21. Edition one. 
  • Lasrado. R. A, Chantler. K. Jasani R. Young A. (2016) Structuring Roles and Gender Identities Within Families Explaining Suicidal Behavior in South India. Crisis.  37. 205-211.
  • Murray de López, J. (forthcoming Sept 2017) Mala Leche: Interpretación de Riesgos y Retos Médicos a la Lactancia, International Journal for Applied Ethics (Dilemata)
  • Murray de López, J. (forthcoming Jan 2018), When the Scars Begin to Heal: Narratives of Obstetric Violence in Chiapas, Mexico, International Journal of Health Governance, Special Edition Maternity Care Governance in a Global Context.
  • Murray de López, J. 2015, Conflict and Reproductive Health in Urban Chiapas: Disappearing the Partera Empίrica, Anthropology Matters Vol.16 No.1 (2015)