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 has previously been funded by UNICEF 

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Project details

start date
1 March 2020
end date
28 February 2022


Supported by
DFID Wellcome Trust

About this project


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Annie Lowden

Project Manager

Image of Annie Wilkinson
Annie Wilkinson

Research Fellow

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Hayley MacGregor

Research Fellow

Melissa Parker
Juliet Bedford
Olivia Tulloch
Hana Rohan

Recent work


Social Science in Humanitarian Action Platform launches new website

The Social Science in Humanitarian Action Platform (SSHAP) has launched a new website that reflects its rapid response model on emergencies. The website has been redesigned to profile the diverse content and expertise contributing to the urgent and evolving crises, including SSHAP’s ongoing...

16 June 2020


Key Considerations for COVID-19 Management in Marginalised Populations in Southeast Asia: Transnational Migrants, Informal Workers, and People Living in Informal Settlements

This brief presents considerations for COVID-19 management among structurally vulnerable populations in Southeast Asia, including transnational migrants, people working in the informal economy, and people living in informal urban and peri-urban settlements. These vulnerable groups are generally...

22 May 2020


COVID-19: Why Are Prisons a Particular Risk, and What Can Be Done to Mitigate this?

This brief provides key considerations related to COVID-19 in the context of prisons, jails and similar detention facilities (referred to collectively in this brief as “prisons”). It summarises the particular risks associated with an outbreak of COVID-19 in prisons in low-and middle-income...

Leslie Jones
Olivia Tulloch

6 May 2020