Professor Karl Blanchet is the Director of the Geneva Centre of Humanitarian Studies, and Professor in Humanitarian Public Health 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 the co-founder and co-Director of the Health in Humanitarian Crises Centre. He has a management and public health background and brings extensive experience in humanitarian contexts as a former relief worker and a researcher.
Professor Blanchet’s research focuses on resilience and health systems 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 focusing on Women, adolescent and Child Health in humanitarian settings. Karl is also developing a priority package of essential health services for countries such as Afghanistan and more generally for humanitarian crises.
Professor Blanchet is also the Academic Director of InZone, an academic project working in refugee camps.
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.
In early 2021 Prof. Blanchet has been nominated to represent the University of Geneva in the Steering Committee of the Geneva Hub for Education in Emergencies, a new initiative of the Swiss Government.
Professor Blanchet also gave an LSHTM TED Talk on health systems and complexity.
His 2020 Professor inaugural lecture on evidence in humanitarian public health can be found here.