Professor Bayard Roberts


in Health Systems and Policy

Room 102

15-17 Tavistock Place
United Kingdom

+44 (0)20 7927 2050

My research addresses the health determinants, policies and systems in settings affected by armed conflcit and forced migration. This research has focused particularly on chronic conditions of mental health and non-communicable diseases, including harmful alcohol use.


Department of Health Services Research and Policy


Centre for Global Chronic Conditions
Health in Humanitarian Crises Centre


I lecture on themes related to conflict and health, and currently superivise six PhD students.


I am the Principal Investigator of a number of projects. These include the RECAP project funded by GCRF/ESRC which seeks to strengthen accountability and decision-making in humanitarian crises. A second project  is GOAL, also funded by GCRF/ESRC, which seeks to support government and partners in health system strengthening for better mental health of Syrian refugees and host communities in Lebanon. I also support leading the Wellcome Trust/NIHR funded CHANGE study (led by Daniela Fuhr) which seeks to develop a transdiagnostic intervention addressing alchol misue and mental health comorbidities among conflict-affected populations in Uganda and Ukraine. I am also LSHTM PI/work package lead on the EC-funded STRENGTHS study (led by Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam) exploring the implementation and scaling-up  of a brief mental health interventions for Syrian refugees in countries neighboring Syria and in Europe.

Other projects I am working on include: reviewing models of care for diabetes in humanitarian crises; the GCRF-funded Drugs and Disorder project led by SOAS exploring the role of illicit drug economies in conflit-affected countries.

My previous research has included projects on: evaluating MSF's diabetes services in Democratic Republic of Congo and Jordan; mental health needs among internally displaced persons in Ukraine and Georgia, 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.

I also jointly led the 2017 Lancet series on health in humanitarian crises with Francesco Checchi.

I was Co-Editor-in-Chief of the journal Conflict and Health from 2010 to 2020. I am  Guest Editor for a special issue on the health of internally displaced persons in the Journal of Migration and Health. 

Research Area
Health policy
Health systems
Social and structural determinants of health
Substance abuse
Global Health
Policy analysis
Social Sciences
Disease and Health Conditions
Chronic disease
Mental health
Non-communicable diseases
Myanmar (Burma)
Sierra Leone

Selected Publications

MSF experiences of providing multidisciplinary primary level NCD care for Syrian refugees and the host population in Jordan: an implementation study guided by the RE-AIM framework.
Ansbro É; Homan T; Qasem J; Bil K; Rasoul Tarawneh M; Roberts B; Perel P; Jobanputra K
BMC health services research
Quality of mental health questionnaires in conflict-affected adult populations in low and middle income countries: A systematic review.
Christy S; Siriwardhana C; Lohmann J; Roberts B; Smith S
Journal of migration and health
Problem Management Plus and Alcohol (PM+A): A New Intervention to Address Alcohol Misuse and Psychological Distress Among Conflict-Affected Populations
Fuhr D; Bogdanov S; Tol WA; Nadkarni A; Roberts B
Intervention - Journal of Mental Health and Psychosocial Support in Conflict Affected Areas
Models of care for patients with hypertension and diabetes in humanitarian crises: a systematic review.
Jaung MS; Willis R; Sharma P; Aebischer Perone S; Frederiksen S; Truppa C; Roberts B; Perel P; Blanchet K; Ansbro É
Health Policy and Planning
Planning the scale up of brief psychological interventions using theory of change.
Fuhr DC; Acarturk C; Sijbrandij M; Brown FL; Jordans MJD; Woodward A; McGrath M; Sondorp E; Ventevogel P; Ikkursun Z
BMC Health Services Research
Participation by conflict-affected and forcibly displaced communities in humanitarian healthcare responses: A systematic review.
Rass E; Lokot M; Brown FL; Fuhr DC; Asmar MK; Smith J; McKee M; Orm IB; Yeretzian JS; Roberts B
Journal of Migration and Health
Post-traumatic growth and its predictors among Syrian refugees in Istanbul: A mental health population survey.
Wen K; McGrath M; Acarturk C; Ilkkursun Z; Fuhr DC; Sondorp E; Cuijpers P; Sijbrandij M; Roberts B; STRENGTHS consortium
Journal of Migration and Health
Management of diabetes and associated costs in a complex humanitarian setting in the Democratic Republic of Congo: a retrospective cohort study.
Ansbro ÉM; Biringanine M; Caleo G; Prieto-Merino D; Sadique Z; Perel P; Jobanputra K; Roberts B
BMJ open
A narrative review of health research capacity strengthening in low and middle-income countries: lessons for conflict-affected areas
Bowsher G; Papamichail A; El Achi N; Ekzayez A; Roberts B; Sullivan R; Patel P
Globalization and Health
The burden of diabetes and use of diabetes care in humanitarian crises in low-income and middle-income countries.
Kehlenbrink S; Smith J; Ansbro É; Fuhr DC; Cheung A; Ratnayake R; Boulle P; Jobanputra K; Perel P; Roberts B
Evidence on public health interventions in humanitarian crises.
Blanchet K; Ramesh A; Frison S; Warren E; Hossain M; Smith J; Knight A; Post N; Lewis C; Woodward A
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