Professor Bayard Roberts PhD MSc MA BA

Professor in Health Systems and Policy


I am the Director of ECOHOST - The Centre for Health and Social Change. My research addresses the health determinants, policies and systems of countries in transition such as conflict-affected and fragile states or those in the former Soviet Union. This research has focused particularly on mental health, other non-communicable diseases, and harmful health behaviours such as tobacco and harmful alcohol use.

Prior to joining LSHTM I was involved in supporting reproductive health and HIV/AIDS programmes in Afghanistan, Nepal, Pakistan, and Uganda amongst others.

I am an Editor-in-Chief of the BMC journal Conflict and Health and jointly established the LSHTM Health in Humanitarian Crises Centre




I am the organiser of the Conflict and Health module. I currently supervise three PhD students, and tutor on the MSc in Global Mental Health. I also give lectures at Imperial College London and King's College London on the theme of conflict and health.


I  am co-investigator of a five-year European Commission funded study exploring scaling-up  of mental health interventions for Syrian refugees in countries neighboring Syria and in Europe, led by Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. I'm involved in research evaluating NCD interventions in humanitarian crises with Médecins Sans Frontières. I've also recently been involved in a study examining the burden of mental disorders and access to care for internally displaced persons in Ukraine.

Recently completed projects include: a study on determinants of mental health of internally displaced persons in Georgia; a systematic review evaluating public health research priorities in humanitarian crises; and a study on economic crises and health resilience. My previous research has included projects on: trends in health and harmful health behaviours in the former Soviet Union; developing and validating a new method to estimate mortality in conflict-affected and resource-poor settings; and the influence of armed conflict and forced migration on mental health in South Sudan and northern Uganda. Funders for my research have included the Wellcome Trust, ESRC, DFID, the European Commission, and AED/USAID.

Research areas

  • Alcohol
  • Conflict
  • Global Health
  • Health inequalities
  • Health policy
  • Health systems
  • Migration
  • Public health
  • Smoking
  • Social and structural determinants of health
  • Substance abuse
  • Tobacco control


  • Epidemiology
  • Policy analysis

Disease and Health Conditions

  • Chronic disease
  • Diabetes
  • Mental health
  • Non-communicable diseases


  • World

Other interests

  • Alcohol Policy
  • Alcohol policy in developing countries
  • Conflict affected populations
  • Crises
  • ECOHOST Centre
  • Forced Migration
  • Fragile States
  • Global NCDs
  • Health And Transition
  • Health In Fragile Countries
  • Humanitarian crises
  • Post Conflict Reconstruction
  • alcohol use
  • alcohol use disorders
  • global health
  • migration and health
  • social determinants of health
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