In Belize, a father and son read a bedtime story together.

The Social Science in Humanitarian Action Platform aims to establish networks of social scientists with regional and subject expertise to rapidly provide insight, analysis and advice, tailored to demand and in accessible forms, to better design and implement the social and communication dimensions of emergency responses. 

SSHAP’s vision is of epidemic and humanitarian responses which are effective, adaptive, contextually informed, sensitive to vulnerabilities and power relations, planned in consultation with affected communities and local institutions, and based on social and interdisciplinary science and evidence.  

To achieve this SSHAP works across four pillars:  

1) building networks of experts (academic-practitioner, social-medical science);  

2) providing knowledge and evidence on demand;  

3) operational capacity building;  

4) a website to consolidate open access resources. 

The Social Science in Humanitarian Action Platform is funded by the UK Department for International Development and the Wellcome Trust. It has previously been funded by UNICEF.

The Platform is a partnership between the Institute of Development Studies, Anthrologica and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine

We welcome contributions which add to the social science discussion on any of our cross-cutting themes, regions, emerging or ongoing crises. This website exists to make recommendations, research and evidence rapidly available to all. Please send us material you would like to be uploaded, we have no set format or criteria for publication though we will review material for quality and relevance. Providing we have the author’s permission, briefings, working papers, articles, or other media can be uploaded. Blogs hosted on other sites can be linked so they appear in the blogs section.

To join our network of experts, find out more or to send your contributions, please email