Dr Karl Blanchet PhD MScPH Master of Management

Associate Professor in Health Systems Research

About Karl Blanchet

Director of the Health in Humanitarian Crises Centre


Karl Blanchet is the Director of the Health in Humanitarian Crises Centre. Karl has a background in public health and extensive experience in conflicts (Cambodia, Rwanda, Bosnia, Somaliland, Lebanon) and health system strengthening in Asia (Cambodia, Bangladesh, Nepal) and Africa (Niger, Rwanda, Ghana, Togo, Mali, Somaliland).

Karl has specific interests in studying resilience issues in global health and more specifically in post-conflict and conflict-affected countries. Karl has developed innovative research approaches based on complexity science, system thinking and social network analysis. Karl also applied innovation theories to understand the routinisation process of health interventions. Karl was one of the contributors of the Chapter on General Health Care of the World Report on Disability published by the World Health Organisation and is now  a member of the Expert Committee at WHO on rehabilitation guidelines. Karl was also the lead evaluator of the global strategy of the Physical Rehabilitation Programme and the Special Fund for the Disabled of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC).

Karl also gave an LSHTM TED Talkx on health systems and complexity.




Karl is the Lead Educator of the MOOC Health in Humanitarian Crises launched in 2017.

Lectures on "Process Evaluation", "Social network analysis in health systemes research", "Introduction to Health Systems Research", "Health policy or health politics?", "physical rehabilitation in conflict-affected and post-conflict countries".

Karl is also running a module at Science Po Paris on health system assessment in humanitarian crises.


His main research interest is to understand how health service managers in the South make decisions about the future. Karl is particularly interested in understanding the resilience of local health systems by introducing notions of system dynamics and complexity science.

Karl is currently working on several studies:

Karl is a member of the editorial board of the BMC journal Health Research Policy and Systems and BMC Conflict and HealthKarl is a member of the editing Committee of the French journal Humanitaire. Karl is also a reviewer for several scientific journals: BMJ; Health Policy and Planning, BMC Health Services; PLoS Medicine; Plos NTDs; BMC Health and Conflict; Medicine, Conflict and Survival; Disability and Rehabilitation.

Research areas

  • Child health
  • Clinical guidelines
  • Complex interventions
  • Conflict
  • Decision analysis
  • Disease control
  • Electronic health records
  • Evaluation
  • Global Health
  • Globalisation
  • Health policy
  • Health services research
  • Health systems
  • Health workers
  • Implementation research
  • Organisational research
  • Quality improvement
  • Rehabilitation
  • Surveillance
  • Systematic reviews
  • Violence


  • Management
  • Operational research
  • Policy analysis
  • Social Sciences
  • Sociology

Disease and Health Conditions

  • Disability
  • Emerging Infectious Disease
  • Non-communicable diseases


  • Arab World
  • East Asia & Pacific (developing only)
  • Least developed countries: UN classification
  • South Asia
  • Sub-Saharan Africa (developing only)


  • Burkina Faso
  • Cambodia
  • Chad
  • Ethiopia
  • Ghana
  • Lebanon
  • Myanmar
  • Nepal
  • Sierra Leone
  • Somalia
  • South Sudan
  • Tanzania
  • Togo

Other interests

  • Adherence
  • Aid Effectiveness
  • Armed conflict
  • Cataract
  • Centre for Evaluation
  • Child Survival
  • Childhood Blindness
  • Complex Adaptive Systems
  • Conflict affected populations
  • Crises
  • Disability And Rehabilitation
  • Ebola
  • Epidemic preparedness
  • Evidence into practice
  • Fragile States
  • Francophone Sub-Saharan Africa
  • Global Aid Assistance
  • Global Health Governance
  • Health Care Systems Evaluation
  • Health In Fragile Countries
  • Health Policy Process
  • Human Resources For Health
  • Humanitarian Aid
  • Humanitarian crises
  • International Relations
  • Locomotor Disability
  • Organisational Theory
  • Post Conflict Reconstruction
  • Post Disaster Interventions
  • Social Networks
  • complexity and systems thinking
  • eHealth
  • evidence based policies
  • evidence into policy
  • fragile states
  • governance and institutional strengthening
  • systems
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