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IIHD News - 2015

January 2015

06 January 2015 New Year - New Director for IIHD!

Professor Alastair Ager joins QMU as Director of the Institute of International Health and Development from July 2015. Alastair is currently Professor of Population and Family Health at the Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University in New York, where he leads a doctoral programme on Leadership in Global Health & Humanitarian Systems supporting mid-career professionals in leadership development. A major focus of his research is evaluation of humanitarian programming for refugee children (funded by DFID, the Wellcome Trust, UNICEF and World Vision), which currently involves studies of Somalis displaced to Ethiopia, Congolese displaced to Uganda and Syrians displaced to Lebanon, Jordan and Iraq. His current research also addresses health systems resilience in contexts of adversity (studies in the Middle East, West and South Africa (funded by UNRWA and DFID, through a ReBUILD sub-award) and the engagement of local faith communities in humanitarian response (through a Luce Foundation award addressing local faith group engagement with refugees in Irbid, Jordan).


Professor Alastair Ager speaks with Dr Bregje de Kok about why he is looking forward to becoming the new Director of IIHD @Queen Margaret University

Alastair has worked in the field of international health and development for over twenty-five years, after originally training in psychology at the universities of Keele, Wales and Birmingham in the UK. He was formerly Head of the Department of Psychology at the University of Malawi, Director of the Centre for International Health Studies at Queen Margaret, and Senior Research Manager for the UK Department for International Development, with responsibility for the agency's global portfolio of health and education research. He has wide international experience as a lecturer, researcher and consultant across sub-Saharan Africa, south Asia, Europe and North America, working with a range of intergovernmental, non-governmental and governmental agencies.

He is a Board Member of the Antares Foundation (supporting the well-being of humanitarian workers), a member of the Funding Committee of the DFID and Wellcome Trust-funded Research in Health in Humanitarian Crises (R2HC) initiative and co-chair of the learning hub on resilience of the Joint Learning Initiative on Faith and Local Communities. He is author of over one hundred scholarly publications. He will retain his academic affiliation with Columbia University on re-joining QMU, with a view to facilitating research collaboration.

Alastair Ager joining IIHD

Professor Alastair Ager, IIHD Director from July 2015

Recent papers:

Strengthening the evidence base for health programming in humanitarian crises (Science, with Gil Burnham, Francesco Checchi, et al.)

The co-construction of medical humanitarianism: analysis of personal, organizationally condoned narratives (Social Science & Medicine, with Melina Iacovou)

Resilience and child well-being: Public policy implications (Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry).

Forthcoming book: Faith, Secularism and Humanitarian Engagement (Palgrave, with J Ager)

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