Researchers at QMU in Edinburgh work closely with the Unit’s collaborative partners - the Global Health Initiative, American University Beirut (AUB), Lebanon and the College of Medicine and Allied Health Sciences (COMAHS), Freetown, Sierra Leone.

Research Unit Staff

Alastair Ager, Unit Director

Sophie Witter, Deputy Director

Linda Graham, Research Unit Manager

Jone Garcia Lurgain, Research Unit Officer

Alison Strang, Senior Researcher

Karina Kielmann, Senior Researcher



The Queen Margaret University Institute for Global Health and Development (IGHD) is a multi-disciplinary centre for research and postgraduate education that addresses contemporary health and development challenges in low and middle income countries and their connection to global health systems and trends. The IGHD has two research clusters focused on health systems, particularly, in post-conflict countries and psychosocial wellbeing, integration and protection.

Alastair Ager, Unit Director

Sophie Witter, Deputy Director

Maria (Paola) Bertone, Research Fellow

Karin Diaconu, Research Fellow 

Nicole Vidal, Research Fellow 

Kelly Elimian, Research Fellow



The American University of Beirut Global Health institute (GHI) is the first such institute in the Middle East and North Africa region (MENA), and among the very few in the Global South. The GHI aims to address emerging global health challenges with a focus on context and sustainable impact on the health and lives of people on the region and the Global South by employing an interdisciplinary approach. The GHI offer programmes on conflict medicine, refugee health and nutrition, obesity and related diseases.

Shadi Saleh, Founding Director

Maria El Koussa, Research Fellow

Nour El Arnaout, Research Fellow



The College of Medicine and Allied Health Sciences (COMAHS), University of Sierra Leone, in Freetown is Sierra Leone’s only medical and pharmacy school and the main institution for basic and specialist nurse training. The College is critical for building a competent health workforce but faces many challenges in terms of human and physical resources.

Haja Wurie  

Mohamed Samai

Ayesha Koker

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