RECAP – Research capacity building and knowledge generation to support preparedness and response to humanitarian crises and epidemics

Principal Investigator: Bayard Roberts

Collaborators: John Edmunds (LSHTM), Melissa Parker (LSHTM), Francesco Checchi (LSHTM), Jo Borghi, Karl Blanchet (LSHTM)


In the thick of natural disasters or war, relief agencies work through the chaos to bring basic services – and dignity – to the victims. In such a challenging environment it is hard to stand back and study what is going on, collect data and assess whether and how aid could be delivered more effectively. Yet it is vital to find a way of examining it critically, if responses are to improve and the health of those caught up in crises is to be protected.

Involving Crises Centre members from all faculties of LSHTM with funding from the UK’s Global Challenges Research Fund, the RECAP project will create a network of academics and agencies to tackle this research problem. The network will include leading organisations in the UK, as well as the American University of Beirut, in Lebanon, and the University of Sierra Leone. Working with Médecins sans Frontières, the International Rescue Committee, and the largest NGO in the world – Bangladesh’s BRAC – we are going to build research skills and conduct studies in some of the world’s hotspots. The result should be better research methods and strong links between all the organisations, leading, in turn, to improved humanitarian policies – and, ultimately, the safeguarding of populations’ health.

Partners include the University of Sierra Leone, American University of Beirut, Oxford University, Refugee Law Initiative at the School of Advanced Studies, LSE, MSF, International Rescue Committee, Save the Children. BRAC Funder: Global Challenges Research Fund