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Professor Preeti Patel

Professor Preeti Patel

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Professor of Global Health and Conflict and Co-Director of the Centre for Conflict & Health Research

Research subject areas

  • Healthcare
  • Conflict

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Professor Preeti Patel is Reader in Global Health & Conflict in the Department of War Studies.

She is Co-Director of the Conflict and Health Research Group (CHRG), a cross-faculty (5 KCL faculties) multi-disciplinary initiative to study the intersection of global health, security, and political governance in conflict-affected fragile states and regions. She is also Co-Principal Investigator for a £7million Global Challenges Research Funded (GCRF)/ESRC grant entitled ‘Research for Health in Conflict in the Middle East and North Africa (R4HC-MENA)’.

Preeti is primarily interested in improving the evidence-base for health systems, health policies and health outcomes for civilian populations affected by armed conflict. She has established an international reputation for conducting impactful and collaborative research on various topics including: aid trends in conflict-affected countries; non-communicable diseases (NCDs); health systems in conflict; and health and security. Prior to joining King’s College in 2008, she worked at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, investigating the role of the transnational tobacco industry in Africa and the role of global health in foreign policy. She has a PhD in Political Science (The Politics of Health in Kenya), a MA in International Relations and a BSc in Economics.


Professor Patel convenes a conflict and health module for the MSc in Global Health and the intercalated BSc in Global Health at the King’s Centre for Global Health & Health Partnerships, based in the Faculty of Life Science and Medicine. Within her Department, she contributes to the Gender and International Politics and Security MA option module and the Security and Development MA Core Module.

Research Interests

  • Research capacity building in conflict-affected countries
  • Health systems in conflict-affected countries
  • Non-Communicable Diseases in conflict-affected countries
  • Health and Security (attacks on health workers and healthcare in areas of armed conflict)
  • Innovation within humanitarian health emergencies
  • Aid tracking and analysis in areas of conflict
  • Gender and health in armed conflict


For a list of publications please refer to the Research Portal 

PhD Supervision

Professor Patel currently supervising the following research students:

  • Abdulkarim Ekzayez, A Case Study of the Syrian Conflict: Health System Governance
  • Edwin Trevathan, Global Health Diplomacy; A United States Perspective
  • Alastair Masser, The failure of United Kingdom-Nigerian security cooperation against Boko Haram 2010-2015