Senior Research Fellow

Division: Institute for Global Health and Development

Tel: 0131 474 0000

Dr Alison Strang (BA, PhD) is a Senior Research Fellow in the Institute for Global Health and Development. She is also a member of the Institute of Global Health and Development Research Centre.

  • Overview
  • Research Interests
  • Research Publications
  • Funded Projects

Alison Strang is a psychologist, whose work has spanned the fields of education, training and health - generally focusing on the needs of marginalised groups. She is involved in applied research concerning the psychosocial consequences of conflict and disaster and the humanitarian response to health provision, education and community development. Alison has worked with communities affected by conflict and disaster in the Balkans, Palestine and South Asia.

She has been working closely with local colleagues in Sri Lanka to support psychosocial professional capacity building following the Asian tsunami. She has also pursued global concerns in policy and practice.

From 2000 to 2006 she coordinated the ‘Psychosocial Working Group’ (an international consortium of leading humanitarian organisations and academic institutions set up to clarify the agenda for the field).

Since 2006 she has brought together an international team to set up and lead the ‘Mental Health and Psychosocial Support Network’ a global platform for connecting people, networks and organizations, for sharing resources and for building knowledge related to mental health and psychosocial support both in emergency settings and in situations of chronic hardship which aspires to build and shape good practice (

Research/Knowledge Exchange Centre Membership:

Alison is involved in working closely with service providers, community groups and policy makers, particularly in Scotland to support work with refugees and asylum seekers in a advisory capacity to the Scottish Refugee Council and through research and consultancy. Alison currently chairs ‘Refugees in Scottish Communities’, the Scottish Government led review of refugee integration policy and practice.

Research Grants & Contracts Funding:

  • Joining a New Community - Holistic Integration Service

The goal of the evaluation of the Scottish Refugee Council’s Holistic Integration Service is to review how well asylum seekers and refugees have been able to access appropriate services as they arrive in Scotland, and also identify policy lessons for wider application in the UK and abroad.                                                                                    

Project dates: 01 May 2013 - 30 April 2016

  • Refugee Integration Policy
  • Irish Refugee Integration Service research