Unit Staff and Collaborative Partners

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 Team

The NIHR Research Unit on Health in Fragility (RUHF) comprises senior researchers and research fellows from different disciplines.



The Institute for Global Health and Development (IGHD), at Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh 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

Mairi Redman, Unit Officer

Alison Strang, Senior Researcher

Karin Diaconu Research Fellow

Arek Dakessian, Research Fellow

Nicole Vidal, Research Fellow

Maria Bertone, Research Fellow

Guangyang Zou, 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

Aya Noubani, Academy Coordinator

Lilian Ghandour, Research Fellow

Farah Naja, Research Fellow

Nadine Zablith, 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 in this country.

Haja Wurie, Research Co-Leader 

Mohamed Samai, Research Co-Leader

Elizabeth Taylor, Research Fellow

Reynold Senesi, Research Fellow