Prof. Karl Blanchet

Designation: Director & Professor, Faculty of Medicine, University of Geneva

Professor Karl Blanchet is the Director of the Geneva Centre of Humanitarian Studies, and professor at the Faculty of Medicine, University of Geneva.

Professor Blanchet has been working in health systems research at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine since 2010 and was appointed as the co-director of the Health in Humanitarian Crises Centre in 2016. He has a management and public health background and brings to  extensive us experience in humanitarian contexts as a relief worker and a researcher. 

Professor Blanchet’s research focuses on resilience issues in global health, specifically in post-conflict and conflict-affected countries. He has developed innovative research approaches based on complexity science and system thinking, and is currently focused on developing and testing people-centred methodological approaches for refugee populations in the Middle East.

Prof Blanchet is a member of the technical working group on Research on Global Health Emergencies at the Nuffield Council on Bioethics. He is also a core member of the UHC2030 Technical Working Group on support to countries with fragile or challenging operating environments,  and a member of the WHO technical working group on Health Systems Assessment and the WHO technical working group on SRH in emergencies.

Professor Blanchet also gave an LSHTM TED Talk on health systems and complexity.

Fields of interest

His main research interest is to understand how health service managers in the South make decisions about the future. Karl is particularly interested in understanding the resilience of local health systems by introducing notions of system dynamics and complexity science.

Karl is currently working on several studies:

  • The development of priority healthcare packages in Afghanistan.
  • Syrian-led refugee initiatives in Lebanon.
  • The resilience of health systems during conflicts and disease outbreaks.
  • The impact of prosthetics and orthotics on quality of life in Myanmar (ICRC).
  • The use of electronic protocols in child health in Burkina Faso with Terre des hommes: a stepped-wedge trial and realistic evaluation.

Professor Blanchet is a member of the editorial board of the BMC journal Health Research Policy and Systems and BMC Conflict and HealthHe is also a member of the editing Committee of the journal Humanitarian Alternatives and a reviewer for several scientific journals: BMJ; Health Policy and Planning, BMC Health Services; PLoS Medicine; Plos NTDs; BMC Health and Conflict; Medicine, Conflict and Survival; Disability and Rehabilitation.

Blanchet K; Ferozuddin F; Naeem AJJ; Farewar F; Saeedzai SA; Simmonds S (2019), Bulletin of the World Health Organisation 
Duclos D; Ekzayez A; Ghaddar F; Checchi F; Blanchet K (2019), Conflict and Health
Bhutta, Zulfiqar AGaffey, Michelle F; Blanchet, Karl; Waldman, RonAbbasi, Kamran; (2019) BMJ
Senyonjo, LauraAboe, AgathaBailey, RobinAgyemang, DavidMarfo, BenjaminWanye, SethSchmidt, ElenaAddy, JamesBlanchet, Karl (2019). Infectious Diseases of Poverty. 
Ben Farhat, JBlanchet, KJuul Bjertrup, PVeizis, APerrin, CCoulborn, RMMayaud, PCohuet, S; (2018) BMC Medicine
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