Humanitarian Institute



Aims of the Humanitarian Institute

  • Concentrate the internationally established, highly successful, but presently dispersed expertise at UCL, providing a focus for UCL's activities, with its breadth of disciplinary emphasis
  • Promote cutting-edge interdisciplinary research, integrated with education and translation into practice in a co-produced approach, sharing knowledge and values with global humanitarian agencies, entrepreneurs, communities, civil society and policy makers
  • Nurture key humanitarian research themes
  • Support innovative humanitarian research ideas, especially from early career researchers

Research Themes for UCL's Humanitarian Institute

  • Social transformation to address global inequalities
  • Conflict, humanitarian ethics and justice
  • Border zones and diplomacy
  • Migration
  • 21st century technology for humanitarian issues
  • Environmental and health disaster reduction
  • Emergency planning and response
  • Economic costs of humanitarian crises and migration
  • Women's health, global health
  • Equity of access to health care
  • Sustainable development goals
  • Built environment
  • Safer schools and hospitals
  • Co-producing knowledge
  • Humanitarian statistics and operational research
  • Social and cultural capital
  • Historical perspectives


The Humanitarian Institute aims to develop an education programme both for members of UCL and for our partners. This includes:

  • Establishing teaching on integrated responses to humanitarian issues in the global citizenship and summer schools initiatives
  • Outreach to local schools and communities  
  • Continuing executive development courses for global leaders and policy makers

Early Objectives

  • Co-ordinate cross-UCL bids for major research council ODA funding programmes
  • Lead discussion forums developing humanitarian themes  and a network across UCL
  • Establish teaching on integrated responses to humanitarian issues 
  • Scope technological and organisational solutions addressing migration, its drivers and outcomes
  • Deliver continuing executive development courses
  • Forge partnerships with universities, corporate sponsors and humanitarian agencies, internationally