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


What Covid-19 responses in urban India can teach us about community engagement

65 million Indians reside in urban slums. These densely populated informal settlements, which house 22% of India’s population, were deeply affected by the first and second Covid-19 waves. With no security blanket and inadequate health infrastructure, urban slum residents were left to fend for...

Swati Mishra
Prerana Somani

12 May 2022


Third cohort of social science and humanitarian fellows announced

The Social Science in Humanitarian Action Platform (SSHAP) - a partnership between the Institute of Development Studies, Anthrologica, and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine - has announced the third cohort of its SSHAP Fellowship. The Fellowship, which will run between May 2022...

3 May 2022


Call for applications for a social science and humanitarian Fellowship

The Social Science in Humanitarian Action Platform (SSHAP) is launching Phase 3 of its Fellowship Programme to begin in May 2022. 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 their...

7 March 2022


Learning from 2021 to achieve “equity everywhere” in 2022

There is no doubt that as the world tentatively looks towards 2022, we are at a crossroads. We are still in the midst of a global pandemic, with continued uncertainty. The global community will need to draw on local knowledge and evidence in a rapid and engaged way. This sits at the very core of...

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Melissa Leach & 7 others

27 December 2021