Dr Rosemary James

Designation: MB BCh BaO (Medicine) // MSc Global Health // Coordinator, Lancet Migration European Regional Hub

Dr Rosemary (Rosie) James has been collaborating with the Centre since March 2020, in response to the early stages of the COVID-19 pandemic. She helped to produce guidance for responding to COVID-19 for humanitarian settings.
Since September 2020, Rosie has been a founding member and acting coordinator of the Lancet Migration European Regional Hub, which is hosted by the Centre.
In 2021, Rosie worked on an InZone needs assessment and course content design targeted to community health workers in displaced settings.
Most recently, Rosie has been coordinating the Reimagining the Future of Global Health Initiatives study on behalf of the Centre, which runs from February-July 2023, funded by The Wellcome Trust.

Outside the Centre, Rosie has worked on various health workforce projects for the World Health Organization (WHO) Regional Office for Europe as an independent consultant. She is a board member of the Federation of European Societies of Tropical Medicine and International Health (FESTMIH), and co-lead for their Working Group on Tropical Medicine and Global Health Training. She is also on the board of Universities Allied for Essential Medicines (UAEM) Europe, and the Irish Global Health Network.
Rosie is Canadian-British. She graduated from the National University of Ireland Galway School of Medicine in 2021. She holds an MSc Global Health from Maastricht University (2020), through which she spent six months in Manipal, India and wrote her thesis on the political prioritisation of incipient tuberculosis. She has completed several public health internships since 2015, including with the WHO Regional Office for Europe, Reproductive Health Uganda, the Science Media Centre, and the Centre for Public Health and Primary Care for vulnerable populations in Lausanne. Rosie is passionate about global health and is particularly interested in health system strengthening for health promotion and disease prevention. She believes everyone, regardless of race, gender, age, religion, disabilities, or borders, should have access to equitable health services, including universal health coverage.

Rosie is fluent in English and French and keen to improve her Spanish.

Fields of interest:
• Health systems
• public health policy
• governance
• international relations
• humanitarian action
• infectious disease
• sexual and reproductive health and rights
• planetary health


James R, Blanchet K, Kumar BN. Lancet Migration European Regional Hub: Working together towards inclusive, evidence-based outcomes for promoting and protecting the health of migrants in the European Region. The Lancet Regional Health–Europe. 2022 Dec 1;23.

Kumar BN, James R, Hargreaves S, Bozorgmehr K, Mosca D, Hosseinalipour SM, AlDeen KN, Tatsi C, Mussa R, Veizis A, Kallayova D. Meeting the health needs of displaced people fleeing Ukraine: Drawing on existing technical guidance and evidence. The lancet regional health-europe. 2022 May 7:100403.

Kamenshchikova A, Margineau I, Munir S, Knights F, Carter J, Requena-Mendez A, Ciftci Y, James RA, Orcutt M, Blanchet K, Veizis A. Health-care provision for displaced populations arriving from Ukraine. The Lancet Infectious Diseases. 2022 Jun 1;22(6):757-9.

van Daalen KR, Dada S, James R, Ashworth HC, Khorsand P, Lim J, Mooney C, Khankan Y, Essar MY, Kuhn I, Juillard H. Impact of conditional and unconditional cash transfers on health outcomes and use of health services in humanitarian settings: a mixed-methods systematic review. BMJ Global Health. 2022 Jan 1;7(1):e007902.

Odlum A, James R, Mahieu A, Blanchet K, Altare C, Singh N, Spiegel P. Use of COVID-19 evidence in humanitarian settings: the need for dynamic guidance adapted to changing humanitarian crisis contexts. Conflict and Health. 2021 Dec;15(1):1-6.

Kumar BN, Hargreaves S, Agyemang C, James RA, Blanchet K, Gruer L. Reducing the impact of the coronavirus on disadvantaged migrants and ethnic minorities. European Journal of Public Health. 2021 Nov;31(Supplement_4):iv9-13.

James R, Blanchet K, Orcutt M, Kumar B. Migration health research in the European region: sustainable synergies to bridge the research, policy and practice gap. The Lancet Regional Health–Europe. 2021 Jun 1;5.

James R, Theron G, Cobelens F, Engel N. Framing the detection of incipient tuberculosis infection: A qualitative study of political prioritisation. Tropical Medicine & International Health. 2022 Apr;27(4):445-53.

Schneitler S, Seebacher J, Matos FB, Aktar I, Lantwin P, Archodoulakis A, Adamczick C, Becker SL, James R. Awareness and perceptions of medical students and doctors regarding Tropical Medicine education and training in Europe: An international, online-based survey. Travel Medicine and Infectious Disease. 2022 Jul 1;48:102323.

Rees GH, James R, Samadashvili L, Scotter C. Are Sustainable Health Workforces Possible? Issues and a Possible Remedy. Sustainability. 2023 Feb 15;15(4):3596.

Issa R, Robin van Daalen K, Faddoul A, Collias L, James R, Chaudhry UA, Graef V, Sullivan A, Erasmus P, Chesters H, Kelman I. Human migration on a heating planet: A scoping review. PLoS Climate. 2023 May 24;2(5):e0000214.