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Emergency responses

Updates on the COVID-19 pandemic

Our work focuses on the social dimensions of the COVID-19 pandemic, including vaccine acceptance and uptake.

Cross-cutting themes are the political economy of the epidemic and responses to it, diverse forms of knowledge and experience, state-society relationships, history and context.

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Ebola (Sudan strain) outbreak in Uganda

On 20 September 2022, Ugandan public health authorities declared an outbreak of Ebola disease caused by Sudan virus. Explore resources created by SSHAP and others on social science dimensions of the response.
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Monkeypox Outbreak

Recent monkeypox infections have been identified in non-endemic regions, with most occurring through longer chains of human-to-human spread in people without a history of contact. Ending monkeypox transmission requires a better understanding of the social, ecological and scientific interconnections between endemic and non-endemic areas.
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Key resources


Social Considerations for Monkeypox Response

This brief outlines the social considerations for responding to the recent outbreak of Monkeypox.

Key Considerations: Drivers Influencing Vaccination-related Behaviours Among Ukrainian Refugees in Poland

This brief summarises existing information about the factors influencing vaccination-related practices during the Ukrainian crisis. It also presents strategic and practical considerations to inform the design of interventions to create…

Behavioural, Social and Community Dynamics Related to Plague Outbreaks in Madagascar

This infographic summarises the key considerations of a brief which explores behavioural and community dynamics related to plague outbreaks in Madagascar.

Key Considerations: Supporting ‘Wheat-to-Bread’ Systems in Fragmented Syria

Humanitarian agencies working in Syria, as well as other experts, have warned the food crisis could rapidly lead to famine unless immediately addressed. This brief describes the social and political…
Evidence Reviews

Evidence Review: COVID-19 Recovery in South Asian Urban Informal Settlements

This evidence review highlights local responses, grassroots efforts, and challenges around COVID-19 recovery within urban informal settlements in South Asia. It focuses on specific examples from Karachi, Pakistan and Mumbai,…

News and blogs

27th October 2022
A SSHAP brief on COVID-19 vaccines and (dis)trust among youth in Ealing, London by Megan Schmidt-Sane, Tabitha Hrynick, Jillian Schulte, Charlie Forgacz-Cooper and Santiago Ripoll has won the 2022 ARHE Policy Brief Award.
25th October 2022
The Royal Anthropological Institute and the Marsh Charitable Trust announced that Juliet Beford, a Co-Investigator (Co-I) of the Social Science in Humanitarian Action Platform (SSHAP) and Director of Anthrologica, is the 2022 winner of the Marsh Award for Anthropology in the World.
call for proposals
The World Health Organization's (WHO) Community Readiness and Resilience Unit has issued a call for proposals for the development of a collection of case studies on COVID-19 and the impact of behavioural and social science insights. The deadline for proposal submissions is 28 October 2022.
16 November 2022
Event: Shifting Power in Pandemics
On Wednesday 16 November 2022 between 12:00-15:00 GMT, The Wellcome Trust collaborative Pandemics Preparedness Project is hosting Shifting Power in Pandemics, a public webinar on connecting and supporting preparedness ‘from below’. Shifting Power in Pandemics, will explore issues surrounding connecting and supporting preparedness from below and feature expert speakers from…

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