Social Science in Humanitarian Action Platform

The Social Science in Humanitarian Action Platform aims to establish networks of social scientists with regional and subject expertise to rapidly provide insight, analysis and advice, tailored to demand and in accessible forms, to better design and implement the social and communication dimensions of emergency responses. 

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SSHAP’s vision is of epidemic and humanitarian 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.  

To achieve this SSHAP works across four pillars:  

1) building networks of experts (academic-practitioner, social-medical science);  

2) providing knowledge and evidence on demand;  

3) operational capacity building;  

4) a website to consolidate open access resources. 

The Social Science in Humanitarian Action Platform was originally funded by UNICEF and is currently funded by the Wellcome Trust and the UK Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office

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Project details

start date
1 March 2020
end date
28 February 2022



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Annie Lowden

Project Manager

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Annie Wilkinson

Research Fellow

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Hayley MacGregor

Research Fellow

Melissa Parker
Juliet Bedford
Olivia Tulloch
Hana Rohan

Recent work


Call for governments and health actors to focus on vaccine confidence

Researchers are calling on governments and others to invest in building public trust for vaccination so that communities are involved, understand and feel confident to ensure successful vaccine deployment. According to new research published by the Social Science in Humanitarian Action Platform...

20 November 2020


Clinical and Vaccine Trials for COVID-19: Key Considerations from Social Science

Previous months have witnessed a growth of clinical research in response to the COVID-19 crisis. This brief sets out social science considerations that can inform clinical and vaccine trials for COVID-19. It was developed for SSHAP by London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM) by...

Rose Burns & 4 others

8 October 2020


What’s health got to do with World Habitat Day?

Epidemics are a window into society. They reveal our social relationships and circumstances. The global pandemic has brought to the fore the inequalities that persist within our towns and cities. The spread and the impacts of the disease have not been even. As the world continues to grapple...

5 October 2020