Social Science in Humanitarian Action Platform

SSHAP (the Social Science in Humanitarian Action Platform) focuses on the social dimensions of emergency responses related to health, conflict, or the environment by exploring the political economy, community engagement and cultural logics, social difference, and vulnerabilities of those emergencies.

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SSHAP is a partnership between the Institute of Development Studies, Anthrologica, Gulu University, Institut Supérieur Pédagogique de Bukavu, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and University of Juba. It is funded by the UK Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office and the Wellcome Trust.

The SSHAP vision is to encourage emergency responses which are effective, adaptive, contextually informed, sensitive to vulnerabilities and power relations, planned in consultation with affected communities and local institutions, and based on social and interdisciplinary science and evidence.

SSHAP’s global network of social scientists with regional and subject expertise is the driving force behind SSHAP’s work, rapidly providing insight, analysis and advice, tailored to demand and in accessible forms, to better design and implement the social and communication dimensions of emergency responses.

To achieve SSHAP’s aims, IDS and partners work to:

  • Further grow SSHAP’s network of experts and encourage interdisciplinary collaboration.
  • Provide knowledge and evidence on demand.
  • Build operational capacity.
  • Contribute to knowledge sharing through our networks and beyond.

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Annie Lowden

Project Manager

Annie Wilkinson

Health and Nutrition Cluster Lead

Hayley MacGregor

Research Fellow

Melissa Parker
Juliet Bedford
Olivia Tulloch
Hana Rohan

Recent work


Call for applications for social science and humanitarian fellowship

The Social Science in Humanitarian Action Platform (SSHAP) is launching the next phase of its Fellowship Programme to begin in May 2023. Funded by the UK Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office and the Wellcome Trust, SSHAP is looking for future leaders in social science to be able apply...

27 February 2023


Integrating social science into health and humanitarian responses in 2022

As we entered the third year of the global Covid-19 pandemic, 2022 was set to be another year of discourse about the social and political dimensions of health and humanitarian crises. The research and engagement conducted through the IDS-partnership Social Science in Humanitarian Action Platform...

19 December 2022


Key Considerations: Operational Considerations for Building Community Resilience for COVID-19 Response and Recovery

As the unequal impact of the COVID-19 pandemic continues, there is a need to robustly support vulnerable communities and bolster ‘community resilience.’ A community resilience approach means to work in partnership with communities and strengthen their capacities to mitigate the impact of...

Eva Niederberger

16 November 2022