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Health Intelligence & Biosecurity

Our work on biosecurity and health intelligence explores issues at the interface of global health, the biological sciences and the security and intelligence sectors. Our focus is on the understanding and improvement of state-based and international systems for the prevention, detection and response to diverse biological and health security threats. The Conflict and Health Research Group’s work in this field employs the expertise of practitioners and academics ranging from doctors, public health practitioners and epidemiologists, to social science and security studies scholars. 

This research programme examines cross-cutting issues with a particular focus on biological threats and health emergencies. We work with partners across the civil, military, and private sectors to develop rational approaches for health intelligence at the leading edge of international knowledge and practice. We work on issues ranging from public health mis-/disinformation, health sector cyber security, pathogen surveillance and emerging infectious diseases, bio- and health security policy, and international investigations. Our research activities use a variety of traditional and non-traditional methodologies, and we are focused on delivering interventions that improve systems for threat identification, as well as engaging with varied partners to train and implement robust, evidence-driven responses. 

War Studies Podcast Episode

Listen to our researcher Rose Bernard in an episode of the War Studies Podcast:

Disinformation and Epidemics: Anticipating the next phase of biowarfare 


Project status: Ongoing
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Principal Investigators