Professor Bayard Roberts
PhD MSc BA
in Health Systems and Policy
15-17 Tavistock Place
My research addresses the health determinants, policies and systems of countries experiencing major social change such as those affected by armed conflcit and forced migration. This research has focused particularly on chronic conditions of mental health and non-communicable diseases, and harmful health behaviours such as tobacco and harmful alcohol use.
I lecture on themes related to conflict and health, and currently superivise three PhD students.
I am the Principal Investigator of the £8 million RECAP project funded by GCRF/ESRC which seeks to strengthen accountability and decision-making in humanitarian crises.
I am co-investigator/work package lead on the STRENGTHS study, a European Commission funded study exploring the scaling-up of mental health interventions for Syrian refugees in countries neighboring Syria and in Europe. This is led by Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam.
Other projects I am working on include: a project evaluating NCD interventions in humanitarian crises with Médecins Sans Frontières; a GCRF-funded project led by SOAS which seeks to build sustainable economies in the aftermath of war; and a project led by York University investigating the health consequences of the conflict in Colombia.
Recently completed projects include: the burden of mental disorders and access to care for internally displaced persons in Ukraine; 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, GCRF, the European Commission, and AED/USAID.