Professor Bayard Roberts
PhD MSc BA
in Health Systems and Policy
15-17 Tavistock Place
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.
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 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.