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


Meet the new SSHAP Fellows

Meet the new Social Science Humanitarian Action Platform (SSHAP) fellows from East Africa, West Africa, Southern Africa and Asia. The fellows will have the benefit of working closely with leading thinkers and practitioners from within the SSHAP partnership. SSHAP is delighted to launch its...

30 April 2021


Rapid Review: Perceptions of Covid-19 Vaccines in South Africa

As of April 19, 2021, South Africa has recorded 1.56 million COVID-19 cases and almost 54,000 deaths - more than any other country on the African continent. The country has begun the national rollout of the Johnson & Johnson (J&J) COVID-19 vaccine, with over 292 thousand doses administered it...

21 April 2021


Key Considerations: Indigenous Peoples in COVID-19 Response and Recovery

Indigenous peoples have experienced heightened vulnerability during the COVID-19 pandemic and face disproportionately high COVID-19 mortality. To better address these vulnerabilities, it is critical to adapt COVID-19 programmes to the particular needs of indigenous peoples, as articulated by...

25 March 2021


SSHAP Roundtable: 2021 Ebola Outbreak in Guinea

SSHAP convened a virtual roundtable of expert advisors on Friday 12 March 2021 to discuss the outbreak of Ebola in Guinea declared on 14 February 2021. At the time of writing (19 March 2021), there have been 18 cases (14 confirmed, 4 probable), 9 deaths (including 5 in the community; CFR 50%)...

23 March 2021