Research Fellow


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Dr Keven Bermudez is a Research Fellow in the Institute for Global Health and Development.

  • Overview
  • Research Interests
  • Funded Projects

The focus of Keven’s work as a community psychologist is to promote migrant-inclusiveness in society. This interest grew out of 18 years of professional experiences in Mental Health and Psychosocial Support (MHPSS) projects supporting people of all ages uprooted by war and violent conflict in different countries. During his PhD at IGHD Keven approached a small sample of Sub-Saharan undocumented migrants living at an emergency shelter in Barcelona, Spain to understand resilience factors involved in social network restoration after losing them in the context of the 2008 global economic crisis. After completing this research, Keven has continued to collaborate with IGHD as a Research Fellow on global health research projects in low- and middle-income countries (LMIC).

Keven’s ongoing health and social science research interest focuses on understanding key cultural, experiential, and context-specific factors influencing the formation and development of cross-ethnic and multi-level partnerships to address community-wide psychosocial concerns, with the aim of bridging the research-practice gap by applying this understanding to promote these types of partnerships in fragile social environments.

Active research interests:

Community transformation, processes of community-health system alliance formation, integration following violence, existential meaning.

Research Methods:

Qualitative, mixed methods approaches

ReBUILD – Research for building pro-poor health systems during the recovery from conflict

The ReBUILD Consortium is an international research partnership working for improved access of the poor to effective health care and reduced health costs burdens, through the production and uptake of a coherent body of high quality, policy-relevant new research on health systems financing and human resources for health in post-conflict countries. ReBUILD is led in the UK by the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine and Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh, working with partner research organisations in Cambodia, Sierra Leone, Uganda and Zimbabwe. ReBUILD is funded by the UK Department for International Development.

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