Dr Karl Blanchet

PhD MScPH Master of Management

Associate Professor
in Health Systems Research

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.


Department of Global Health and Development
Faculty of Public Health and Policy


Health in Humanitarian Crises Centre


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:

  • Syrian-led initiatives in Lebanon.
  • Delivery of healthcare in non State parties with Chalham House, LSE and University of Sheffield.
  • The resilience of health systems during conflicts and disease outbreaks.
  • The impact of prosthetics and orthotics on quality of life in Myanmar (ICRC).
  • The use of electronic protocols in child health in Burkina Faso with Terre des hommes: a stepped-wedge trial and realistic evaluation.
  • Social protection in disability in Asia and Oceania (DFAT/AusAid).

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 Area
Child health
Clinical guidelines
Complex interventions
Decision analysis
Health policy
Health services research
Health systems
Organisational research
Quality improvement
Systematic reviews
Health workers
Disease control
Electronic health records
Global Health
Implementation research
Operational research
Policy analysis
Social Sciences
Disease and Health Conditions
Emerging Infectious Disease
Non-communicable diseases
Burkina Faso
Sierra Leone
South Sudan
Arab World
East Asia & Pacific (developing only)
Least developed countries: UN classification
South Asia
Sub-Saharan Africa (developing only)

Selected Publications

World Health Organization and emergency health: if not now, when?
Checchi, F. ; Waldman, R.J. ; Roberts, L.F. ; Ager, A. ; Asgary, R. ; Benner, M.T. ; Blanchet, K. ; Burnham, G. ; d'Harcourt, E. ; Leaning, J. ; Massaquoi, M.B. ; Mills, E.J. ; Moresky, R.T. ; Patel, P. ; Roberts, B. ; Toole, M.J. ; Woodruff, B. ; Zwi, A.B. ;
Syrian refugees in Lebanon: the search for universal health coverage.
Blanchet, K. ; Fouad, F.M. ; Pherali, T. ;
Confl Health
Responding to the Syrian health crisis: the need for data and research.
Coutts, A. ; Fouad, F.M. ; Abbara, A. ; Sibai, A.M. ; Sahloul, Z. ; Blanchet, K. ;
Lancet Respir Med
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