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Conflict & Health Research Group

The Conflict & Health Research group (CHRG) is a unique research collaboration that brings together members from across King’s College London and King’s Health Partners with global collaborations ranging from international NGOs to the security sector. The CHRG, co-chaired by Professors Preeti Patel (Security Studies) and Richard Sullivan (Faculty of Life Sciences & Medicine), is one of the largest global groupings combining cross-faculty academic disciplines in international relations, security studies, economics, alongside a comprehensive suite of clinical expertise in conflict and health.

The relationships between security (covering human, national and international perspectives) and conflict is a key determinant of health, especially in fragile and conflict affected States. The CHRG works on a wide range of historical and contemporary conflict, security and health programmes with direct links to policy and practise. Our faculty work at the highest level from UK’s SAGE through to UN and WHO drawing on practical experience from policy-making to clinical practise.

CHRG’s aims:

  • Understand the relationship between the health needs of all populations affected by conflict, complex humanitarian emergencies and post-conflict situations.
  • Understand the breadth of healthcare providers and the barriers to accessing healthcare in fragile and conflict-affected settings.
  • Understand the relationships between security and health at global, national and human levels.
  • Study challenges of non-communicable diseases in conflict and post-conflict settings.
  • Examine the interface between security, intelligence, and global health.

Themes include:

  • Research Capacity Strengthening
  • Health Systems in Conflict
  • Cancer & Palliative Care in Conflict
  • Civilian Mental Health in Conflict Settings
  • Military Mental Health Research
  • War Wounds & Trauma
  • Women and Children in Conflict
  • Bioecurity & Health Intelligence
  • Weapons as a Public Health Threat
  • Political Economy of Health in Conflict
  • Security Sector, Civil-Military Relations & Military Medicine
  • Refugees & Forced Migration
  • Risk, Behaviour & Protection
  • Medical Ethics in Crisis

Study programmes:


Group leads


Professor Richard Sullivan

Director, Institute of Cancer Policy, Co-Director Conflict & Health Research Group


Preeti Patel

Professor of Global Health and Conflict