Prof Karl Blanchet

Designation: Professor, Faculty of Medicine, University of Geneva // Director of the Centre

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.

Before joining the University of Geneva, Professor Blanchet worked 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.

Professor Blanchet’s research focuses on system 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 focuses on Women, adolescents and Child Health in humanitarian settings. Karl is also developing a priority package of essential health services for countries like Afghanistan and, more generally, for humanitarian crises. Karl Blanchet was one of the coPI of the Lancet Series on Women’s and Children’s Health in Conflict Settings.

Professor Blanchet is also the Academic Director of InZone, a University of Geneva academic project offering university courses for refugee populations.

Prof Blanchet is also 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 to support countries with fragile or challenging operating environments. He is also 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 was 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.

Fields of interest

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:


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




























  • Understanding the health needs of internally displaced persons: a scoping review, David James Cantor, Jina Swartz, Roberts Bayard, Aula Abbara, Alastair Ager, Zulfiqar A. Bhutta, Karl Blanchet, Derebe Madoro Bunte, JohnBosco Chika Chukwuorji, Nihaya Daoud, Winifred Ekezie, Cecilia Jimenez-Damary, Kiran Jobanputra, Nino Makhashvili, Diana Rayes, Maria Helena Restrepo-Espinosa, Alfonso J. Rodriguez-Morales, Salami Bukola, James Smith, Journal of Migration and Health, 2021, 100071.
















For a more extensive list of Professor Blanchet’s publications, please visit this page.