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

Impact Story

Strengthening responses to epidemics

The Social Science in Humanitarian Action Platform (SSHAP) has played a key role in the global response to epidemics over recent years. A partnership between the Institute of Development Studies, Anthrologica and The London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, SSHAP provides vital insights in...

10 February 2021


Community Resilience: Key Concepts and their Applications to Epidemic Shocks

The COVID-19 pandemic has exposed long-standing social inequalities and vulnerabilities, with the most disadvantaged and marginalised groups bearing the greatest health, social, and economic burdens. Beyond documenting these vulnerabilities, there is a need to mitigate them and support the...

26 January 2021


We need trust in our politics to overcome vaccine hesitancy

As the global community celebrates the first person in the world receiving the Pfizer vaccine, we must not lose sight of the task ahead. While this news rightly represents the proverbial light at the end of the tunnel, those of us who have studied the political dynamics of the pandemic would...

8 December 2020