IGHD promotes research embodying critical thinking, practice engagement and principles of social justice to address the health and development of vulnerable and marginalized populations globally. Our research is focused through interdisciplinary clusters that draw together academic staff , research students and external partners in addressing major issues on which we aspire towards global thought leadership.

Our team is heavily engaged with the UK Department for International Development-funded ReBUILD consortium, which focuses its work in Sierra Leone, Zimbabwe, Uganda and Cambodia. Other recent and ongoing health systems work has been funded by the World Health Organisation (WHO), Medical Research Council (MRC), Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) and the National Institutes for Health (NIH).

Cluster Members

Professor Alastair Ager is Director of IGHD and holds a continuing appointment with the Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University. He is currently Principal Investigator of a major R2HC funded project into the resilience in UNRWA health systems for Palestine refugees displaced by the Syria crisis as well as other health systems projects.

Professor Sophie Witter is a health economist specialising in health financing policy and health systems research in low and middle income countries. Sophie leads research into health worker incentives and the evolution of HRH policy within the DFID-funded ReBUILD consortium (focused on health systems development in post-conflict areas 2011-17).

Dr Karina Kielmann is a medical anthropologist with training in public health. She has 15 years of experience in research, teaching, and developing capacity for social science research in international public health settings. She leads projects investigating service delivery and health workforce capacity for drug-resistant TB care among vulnerable groups in Latvia and South Africa. She is also the lead on a project focusing on stroke care among older adults in China.

Suzanne Fustukian is a social scientist specializing in governance and health systems development, with a particular focus in fragile and conflict-affected states. She has over 35 years experience in health and development issues, and has worked with state and academic institutions and NGOs in a variety of countries.

Dr Predrag Duric joined IGHD from a position as Long-Term International Consultant to the UNDP Regional Hub for Eastern Europe and Central Asia. He has published widely on needs and services for key populations with higher risk of HIV exposure (people who inject drugs, men who have sex with men, sex workers) and, separately, mental health and injury prevention.

Professor Barbara McPake is a health economist specialising in health policy and systems research. She is currently Director of the Nossal Institute for Global Health, University of Melbourne and holds a continuing appointment with IGHD, she served as Director from 2005 to 2014. She is a Research Director of the DFID-funded ReBUILD consortium.

Dr Nicole Vidal is a social anthropologist with training in global health. Her primary research interests include exploring ways to improve equitable health and health care among excluded groups, with particular emphasis on linking communities to health systems to improve access to maternal health services in low and middle income countries.

Dr Karin Diaconu is a research fellow and health scientist with experience in quantitative and qualitative methods. Karin is interested in health service delivery in humanitarian and low-resourced settings, particularly resource allocation and priority setting.

Dr Maria Paola Bertone is a research fellow and political scientist and health economist, with 10-years’ experience in health systems research, health financing and human resources for health issues.

Honorary Staff and Doctoral Students:

Christopher Beyere studies human resources for health with a focus on developing an appropriate workplace incentive package for health tutors in Ghana.

Vikash Kumar focuses on understanding the health system integration discourse and its underlying assumptions in the context of non communicable disease service delivery in India.

Eddy Awire studies the migration of Nigerian medical professionals.

Guangyang Zou’s research aims to develop and apply a systems-based framework to assess the influence of financing mechanisms on TB care in ‘designated’ general hospitals in China.

Annie Willets focuses on comparing uptake of different rapid technologies for diagnostic testing at primary care level for TB, malaria, HIV in Kenya.

Evans Danso is looking at the impact of the Global Fund tuberculosis grant for Ghana on TB treatment outcomes and the implications of the withdrawal of this funding in 2015.