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Health

Through multidisciplinary research and policy engagement we bring new understanding and action on critical issues around health and health systems, and how they overlap with other systems such as food, as well as nutrition, sanitation, epidemics and zoonotic diseases.  Enhancing understanding of how to ensure healthy lives for all is a vital part of the UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development (Agenda 2030) and has been an integral focus of IDS’ work since its inception.

Our research and analysis on innovations in health services and systems – including work on identifying effective strategies to address the challenges of antimicrobial resistance – is accelerating progress towards achieving universal health coverage in Asia and Africa. Our work on nutrition spans the spectrum from dietary transition and globalisation of food systems, through to responding to the ways that marginalisation and inequity drive high child malnutrition rates.  We bring vital social knowledge to aid effective preparedness and response on pandemics. We show how direct impacts on the spread of diseases such as Ebola can be achieved by bringing learning from research on social issues and contexts to the right people in the right organisations at the right time.  Together with our global partners, we are generating and sharing new knowledge and evidence to identify the underlying causes of poor health and social inequalities, and the progressive policies and practices that can help bring about transformative change.

People

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Gerald Bloom

Research Fellow

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Hayley MacGregor

Research Fellow

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Nicholas Nisbett

Cluster Leader Research Fellow

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Tom Barker

Senior Health & Nutrition Convenor

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Annie Wilkinson

Research Fellow

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Linda Waldman

Director of Teaching and Learning

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Inka Barnett

Research Fellow

Programmes and centres

Projects

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Mexico – Prosperity Fund Better Health Programme

The Prosperity Fund's Mexico programme aims to reduce poverty, improve gender equality and support inclusive economic development. It also aims to produce greater opportunities for global trade and investment, including between Mexico and the UK. The programme will help increase productivity,...

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Opinion

Lessons from Brazil for the global response to COVID-19

Epidemics and pandemics expose existing health inequities and all too often intensify them. Patterns of morbidity and mortality may disproportionately affect vulnerable groups such as residents of informal settlements, homeless people, indigenous communities and the elderly, as well as...

25 March 2020

Opinion

Precarious and informal work exacerbates spread of coronavirus

COVID-19 is having huge economic impacts, which are felt across all segments of society and all sectors of the economy in countries across the world. But hardest hit will be those working in the gig economy and informal sectors. The scarcity of coronavirus test kits means that most people who...

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Ayako Ebata & 2 others

23 March 2020

News

COVID-19 – the social science response to the pandemic

The global pandemic COVID-19 is impacting the lives of people in many and varied ways.  Social scientists, including those from IDS, are working to respond to the outbreak.  This includes sharing lessons learnt from Ebola and SARS and the initial outbreak in Wuhan, as well as underlining the...

23 March 2020

Opinion

COVID-19 – a social phenomenon requiring diverse expertise

As the COVID-19 pandemic rages across the world, one thing is clear: this epidemic, like all others, is a social phenomenon. The dynamics of the virus, infection and immunity, not to mention on-going efforts to revise and improve clinical care, and endeavours to develop medical treatments and...

20 March 2020

News

Bibliography of 50 years of research on pastoralism

IDS has published a new overview of its research on pastoralism, drawing on work from the last 50 years. The bibliography, compiled by Prof Ian Scoones with assistance from Linda Pappagallo of the PASTRES programme, is available as an online ‘flipbook’ or as a free PDF download. Pastoralism...

19 March 2020

Opinion

Science, uncertainty and the COVID-19 response

One of the abiding images of the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak in the UK has been the Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, looking nervous and uncomfortable, flanked by his scientific advisors at the regular press conferences. With three white men in suits in a wood-panelled room, the aim presumably...

16 March 2020