Covid-19 and Contingency Planning

The Covid-19 outbreak posed an unprecedented challenge to all international and interdisciplinary projects. They are affected in different ways, that is much more than the adjustment to working remotely. The circumstances can potentially add delays and additional risks to the expected outcomes of our projects.

However, we would like to see this situation as a learning opportunity. This webinar will explore how different projects coped with the Covid-19 outbreak and what we can learn from each other.

Our Speakers

Prof Bayard Roberts – RECAP

RECAP focuses on the health and protection sectors in humanitarian response. It will conduct research and strengthen research capacity to improve decision-making and accountability in response to humanitarian crises and epidemics. This four-year project began in October 2017. It is a partnership between universities in the United Kingdom, Sierra Leone and Lebanon, and some of the leading humanitarian NGOs. RECAP is funded by the Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF).

Prof Bayard Roberts is the Co-Director of the Centre for Global Chronic Conditions at LSHTM, and Editor-in-Chief of the BMC journal Conflict and Health. His research addresses the health determinants, policies and systems of countries experiencing major social change such as those affected by armed conflict and forced migration. This research has focused particularly on chronic conditions of mental health and non-communicable diseases, and harmful health behaviours such as tobacco and harmful alcohol use.



Teresa Nunes – UKRI GCRF Action against Stunting Hub

The UKRI GCRF Action against Stunting Hub is an interdisciplinary team comprising researchers from 18 institutions. Running for a five-year period from March 2019 –March 2024, the Hub aims to transform current research on child undernutrition or stunting. Our team proposes to change the focus of investigation of child undernutrition from individual components of the problem to the ‘whole child’, understanding the biological, social, environmental and behavioural context in which stunting occurs.

Teresa is the Senior Hub Manager and she joined the Hub in November 2019; she provides leadership for the strategic, financial, administrative, and operational activities of the UKRI GCRF Action against Stunting Hub.




Prof Jonathan Goodhand –  GCRF Drugs & (dis)order

Drugs & (dis)order is a major four-year Global Challenges Research Fund project working to find policy solutions to transform drug economies into peacetime economies in the aftermath of war. We’re working in Afghanistan, Colombia and Myanmar.

Drugs & (dis)order is a consortium project, drawing on the knowledge and expertise of institutions in Afghanistan, Colombia, Myanmar and UK. It combines traditional and innovative research methods, including in-depth fieldwork, GIS spatial imagery, public health analysis and visual storytelling to map, capture, verify and communicate data.

Professor Goodhand worked for some years managing humanitarian and development programmes in conflict situations in Afghanistan/Pakistan and Sri Lanka, and has extensive experience as a researcher and advisor in South and Central Asia for a range of NGOs and aid agencies, including DFID, SDC, ILO and UNDP. His research interests include the political economy of aid and conflict, NGOs and peacebuilding and ‘post conflict’ reconstruction. He is now a Professor Conflict and Development Studies at SOAS.



Daan Vink – UKRI GCRF One Heath Poultry Hub

Daan is a veterinary epidemiologist, specialising in animal health surveillance, biosecurity, risk analysis and epidemic preparedness and response.  He worked in the NGO sector, academia, consultancy and public-sector veterinary services. His background can be broadly divided into programme management, applied research on infectious livestock diseases, and field-based veterinary epidemiology.

The UKRI GCRF One Heath Poultry Hub is an impact-driven development research programme working in Bangladesh, India, Sri Lanka and Vietnam. Taking an interdisciplinary and intersectoral ‘One Health’ approach, we are exploring how rapid expansion of poultry production increases risk of infectious disease and why certain processes and behaviours are risky.



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Event details

When: 30 April, 2020 - 3:00 pm

Where: Zoom