Professor Bayard Roberts


in Health Systems and Policy

Room 102

15-17 Tavistock Place
United Kingdom

+44 (0)20 7927 2050

+44 (0)20 7927 2701

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.

I am the Director of ECOHOST - The Centre for Health and Social Change at LSHTM, and Editor-in-Chief of the BMC journal Conflict and Health


Department of Health Services Research and Policy


Global Non-Communicable Diseases
Health and Social Change (ECOHOST)
Global Mental Health
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 Area
Health inequalities
Health policy
Health systems
Public health
Social and structural determinants of health
Substance abuse
Tobacco control
Global Health
Policy analysis
Disease and Health Conditions
Chronic disease
Mental health
Non-communicable diseases

Selected Publications

The Effectiveness of Interventions for Non-Communicable Diseases in Humanitarian Crises: A Systematic Review.
Ruby, A. ; Knight, A. ; Perel, P. ; Blanchet, K. ; Roberts, B. ;
PLoS One
Individual and Community Level Risk-Factors for Alcohol Use Disorder among Conflict-Affected Persons in Georgia.
Roberts, B. ; Murphy, A. ; Chikovani, I. ; Makhashvili, N. ; Patel, V. ; McKee, M. ;
PLoS One
Mental disorders and their association with disability among internally displaced persons and returnees in georgia.
Makhashvili, N. ; Chikovani, I. ; McKee, M. ; Bisson, J. ; Patel, V. ; Roberts, B. ;
J Trauma Stress
Health and health systems in the Commonwealth of Independent States.
Rechel, B. ; Roberts, B. ; Richardson, E. ; Shishkin, S. ; Shkolnikov, V.M. ; Leon, D.A. ; Bobak, M. ; Karanikolos, M. ; McKee, M. ;
Health Care Reform in the Former Soviet Union: Beyond the Transition.
Balabanova, D.; Roberts, B.; Richardson, E.; Haerpfer, C.; McKee, M.;
Health Serv Res
Noncommunicable diseases and post-conflict countries.
Roberts, B. ; Patel, P. ; McKee, M. ;
Bull World Health Organ
The persistence of irregular treatment of hypertension in the former Soviet Union.
Roberts, B.; Stickley, A.; Balabanova, D.; Haerpfer, C.; McKee, M.;
J Epidemiol Community Health
A new method to estimate mortality in crisis-affected and resource-poor settings: validation study
Roberts, B.; Morgan, O.W.; Sultani, M.G.; Nyasulu, P.; Rwebangila, S.; Myatt, M.; Sondorp, E.; Chandramohan, D.; Checchi, F.;
International Journal of Epidemiology
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